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Helpful Reports on Transitioning Undocumented Children to Medi-Cal

The implementation of SB 75, the bill that allows undocumented children to be enrolled in Medi-Cal, is a big step for California’s #Health4All campaign championed by many health care advocates in the State, but there are many logistical details that must be worked out in order to ensure a seamless […] more

ITUP’s Summary of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s National Employer Health Benefits Survey

Premiums increased by 4%; offer rates and take up rates did not change; worker’s wages increased by 2% and inflation fell by 0.2% between 2014 and 2015. Some employers (4%) reduced full time workers to part time while others (10%) increased part time workers to full time. Workers paid on […] more

ITUP’s Summary of the California HealthCare Foundation’s California Employer Health Benefits Survey

Employer offer rates have declined from 69% to 58% in California from 2000 to 2014 – a slightly better performance than the national average. 48% of very small (3-9 employees) California businesses offer coverage; 71% of small (10-49) employers offer coverage; 87% of mid sized (50-199) employers offer coverage; 98% […] more

Impressions from the Covered California Bus Tour — the Central Valley and Central Coast

The first stop was the Fresno Call Center, one of the three California call centers, where about 450 people work during the Open Enrollment. They handle about 14,000 calls a day from all over the state; they peak at over 20,000 calls. Five of the staff travelled on the bus […] more

Summary of WalletHub article, “2015’s Rates of Uninsured by State Before & After Obamacare”

Using data from the US Census Bureau, WalletHub measured the uninsured rates, after the implementation of the Affordable Care act, in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  Rates have been broken down to state levels. Commentary and methodology can be found here. In addition to overall insurance rates, […] more

Home is Where the Coverage Starts: Covered California Inland Empire Bus Tour

Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP) was invited to once again participate in the Covered California bus tour during this third (!) open enrollment season. Several ITUP employees have decided to hop on the bus to spread the word about Covered California, its new plan carriers, and new family dental options. […] more

California §1115 Waiver Renewal Highlights

In an email to stakeholders, the California Department of Healthcare Services announced that a conceptual agreement around the major components of the §1115 Medicaid waiver renewal has been reached with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and that the State’s existing waiver would be extended until December 31st while […] more

October Covered California Board Meeting

Covered California’s recent October board meeting was packed with information and insights about the work prefacing open enrollment three, which begins November 1, 2015. Updates on small business rates, rating of the quality health plans, enrollment strategies and the responsibilities of certified insurance agents were discussed. Updates on Covered California […] more

Open Enrollment: Lessons from the Field

California has been one of the nation’s leaders in implementing the ACA. This paper looks at the enrollment successes and delivery systems performance reported in our regional workgroups in the San Diego, Orange, North Central, Bay Area, Central Coast and Central Valley counties. It identifies both the successes and the […] more

Updated: Regional Primary Care Clinic Stats from Final OSHPD Data

The final OSHPD primary care clinic data has been published and the statewide story, as told from the data, is very positive. The number of Medi-Cal managed care visits are up substantially (55%), the number of private (e.g. Covered California) visits are up (19%), and the number of uninsured visits are […] more