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Covered California 2018 Rates Complicated By Federal Uncertainty and Rural Challenges

This week, Covered California, California’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchange, announced preliminary 2018 premium rates for exchange health plan offerings. Health plan proposed rates are still subject to regulatory review by the state Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) and the California Department of Insurance (CDI). Covered California announced an […] more

ACA Stands (for Now): Takeaways from the Repeal and Replace Roller Coaster

In recent days, multiple Republican bills to repeal or rollback the Affordable Care Act (ACA) failed to get enough votes on the U.S. Senate floor. It was a close vote. Senators came within one vote of sending a repeal bill to a two-house conference committee where all the most damaging […] more

The Common Theme of Pending Senate Health Reform Bills? Dramatic Increases in the Number of Uninsured

As of this writing, multiple discussion drafts of potential legislation to repeal or rollback the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) are pending in the U.S. Senate. All the bills result in dramatic increases in the number of uninsured over the next ten years; ranging from 22 million to 32 million […] more

Revised Senate Health Reform Continues to Threaten Coverage for Millions

On July 13, 2017 Senate Republican leaders released a revised discussion draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). The changes made in this version of the Senate proposal do not substantively change the basic features of the original BCRA proposal. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) concluded the original BCRA […] more

State Medicaid Agency Finds Staggering Losses for California Under U.S. Senate Bill

On June 28, 2017, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) released its analysis of the impacts for California’s Medicaid program, Medi-Cal, from the Senate Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) now pending in the U.S. Senate. (See ITUP summary of the BCRA here.) DHCS concludes that over the seven-year […] more

U.S. Senate Discussion Draft Continues Path to Increasing the Uninsured

Cuts Medicaid Even Deeper than House-passed Bill On June 22, 2017, Senate Republicans released a discussion draft of legislation they are considering that would undo key provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) and make sweeping changes to the federal Medicaid program. The Senate proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act […] more

Covered California May 2017 Board Meeting

On May 18, 2017, the Covered California board convened its monthly meeting. The board agenda included the Executive Director Report, Covered California policy items, and regulations background materials. more

California Budget Conference Committee Considers Coverage Expansion for Young Adults

While federal policymakers consider legislation that would eliminate coverage for 23 million Americans, California considers expanding Medi-Cal to all low-income California residents up to age 26   Late last week, the two-house budget conference committee of the California Legislature began deliberations on the 2017-2018 state budget. The conference committee will […] more

CBO Confirms Devastating Consequences of the House-passed American Health Care Act

On May 24, 2017, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an updated cost estimate for the American Health Care Act passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on May 4, 2017, adjusting their analysis for last minute amendments to H.R. 1628. (See ITUP summary of AHCA here.) The March 23, 2017 […] more

California Moves to Protect ACA Consumer Cost-sharing Reductions (CSRs)

On May 18, 2017, California and New York led 13 other states and the District of Columbia in filing a motion to intervene in the federal lawsuit affecting payments that reduce out-of-pocket costs for low income individuals enrolled in Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces. Under ACA, individuals and families with […] more