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Summary of the Kaiser Family Foundation Survey of California’s Uninsured

The Kaiser Family Foundation has released a longitudinal survey of what has happened to California’s uninsured over a two-year period of ACA implementation. In 2013, 100% of those sampled were uninsured; in 2014 after the first open enrollment 58% were insured; and in 2015 after the second open enrollment 68% […] more

Summary of Gallup Poll on State’s Progress in Reducing the Numbers of Uninsured

The latest Gallup Poll findings showed California ranked 6th in the nation by successfully reducing its rates of uninsured from 21.6% to 11.8%. Arkansas led the nation with a reduction from 22.5% uninsured to 9.1% uninsured. Kentucky reduced its rates of uninsured from 20.4% to 9.0%. Oregon reduced its uninsured […] more

San Francisco, The Spirit Of The Pioneers: Taking Steps To Improve Both Healthy San Francisco And The ACA

San Francisco is pioneering yet again. It’s proposing to modernize the “City Option” by creating a new Bridge to Coverage and expanding its Healthy San Francisco program for the remaining uninsured. Most city businesses either offer coverage to their employees or help pay for their care through medical reimbursement accounts […] more

Summary of Covered California Premiums for 2016

Covered California has announced its 2016 premiums. It reports that the over-all increase (weighted average, assuming purchasing patterns are the same as last year) is 4%. The average increase for the lowest priced bronze plans is 3.3%. The increase in premiums for the lowest priced silver plan is 1.5% and […] more

Governor’s Special Session Managed Care Tax

The California legislature is working with the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to find a solution for a $1.1 billion dollar gap in funding needed for various expenditures under the Medi-Cal program (California’s Medicaid program), most pertinently In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) hours restoration, and Medi-Cal provider and developmental disability […] more

Gallup Poll Results – U.S. Uninsured Rate Falls to 11.4% in Second Quarter of 2015

The United States uninsured rate has fallen from 18% to 11.4% (a 36% decline) between the last quarter of 2013 and the second quarter of 2015 according to the recent Gallup and Healthways Tracking Poll. This is a phenomenal achievement in the face of sustained efforts to derail the ACA […] more

Monopolistic Profiteering? Market Failures?

For the last 5 years since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, health care costs have been under control; per capita spending in Medicare has shown very slow growth, same with Medicaid and recently most private insurance. There have been debates about causation; some suggest the Great Recession and […] more

Supreme Court Upholds the Refundable Tax Credits/Premium Subsidies For Federal Exchanges

In a 6-3 decision authored by Chief Justice Roberts, the Supreme Court upheld the premium assistance provisions of the Affordable Care Act for federally operated Exchanges. The court introduced the issues at stake as follows: “the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act adopts a series of interlocking reforms to expand […] more

Congratulations to Governor Brown, Senator Ricardo Lara and the State’s Legislative Leadership

Governor Jerry Brown signs $167 billion state budget with significantly increased funding for schools and $40 million for Medi-Cal coverage for immigrant children beginning by May 2016. Up to 170,000 children may qualify and the state will achieve near universal children’s coverage. Congratulations to Governor Brown, Senator Ricardo Lara and […] more

ITUP Summary of Findings from the National Health Insurance Survey

The Centers for Disease Control, National Center for Health Statistics released its 2014 survey results on health insurance status for the nation. Thirty-six million (11.5% of the nation’s residents) were uninsured at the time of their interview. The nation’s rate of uninsurance for adults fell from 22.3% in 2010 to […] more