Trending News Today: California Weighing Bill to Allow Health Insurance for Undocumented Immigrants

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Insurers in Delaware are the latest to announce a high premium increase. These insurers are seeking 24% or higher for next year’s Affordable Care Act marketplace exchanges, according to The Washington Post. Specifically, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is looking to increase their premium by 32.5% for individual plans.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina is suing the US government for money owed from the Affordable Care Act’s risk-corridors. The filing states that the US owes the company more than $147 million, The Wall Street Journal reported. This company is joining Highmark Health and Health Republic Insurance Co who have both filed suits for these reasons earlier in the year.

The California Senate recently sent a measure to Governor Jerry Brown that would ask the federal government to allow undocumented immigrants to purchase health insurance. State Sen. Ricardo Lara said this bill would allow approximately 390,000 people to purchase health insurance through the state exchange. According to the Los Angeles Times, there is still much debate between senators for whether or not this bill is beneficial and reduces prices or could potentially make obtaining healthcare more difficult for legal citizens.