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Covered California November Board Meeting

If you didn’t catch our live-tweet session during yesterday’s Covered California Board Meeting, now’s the time to catch up. The quick meeting reviewed the start of open enrollment, next steps, and previewed considerations for 2016. Open Enrollment Updates The Covered California Bus Tour was incredibly successful and the “I’M IN” […] more

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ new Medicaid waiver

Recently Massachusetts received approval from CMS to extend their §1115 Medicaid waiver demonstration project (also known as MassHealth). Through a Medicaid waiver, the state aims to continue creating delivery system transformations and to better align the Commonwealth’s programs with the Affordable Care Act. But more on that later. First lets […] more

Sign Up for Coverage: It’s Easy as 1, 2, 3

In case you haven’t heard: open enrollment for Covered California and other private individual plans begins tomorrow! ITUP is super excited and has been celebrating on the Covered California bus all week. Now we have a quick message you can deliver to friends, family, and clients: signing up for coverage […] more

Can We Talk?

This week, ITUP is on the Covered California bus tour roaring around the Golden State to raise awareness about the beginning of open enrollment on November 15 (this Saturday!). At each stop, we’ve heard stories of how people’s new coverage has made a huge difference in their lives. A woman in […] more


Just off the Covered California bus after two great days in the Bay Area and Central Valley. Carolina Coleman is on the bus today, then John Connolly on Thursday, and Chauntrece Washington on Friday. They hope to see you if you are at one of the bus stops. Open enrollment […] more

We’re in!

ITUP is on the Covered California 23-city bus tour to mark the start of this year’s open enrollment. We started at 6:45 from the Covered California headquarters, then to the Capitol Steps, Petaluma Health Center, Martin Luther King Memorial in San Francisco and Yerba Buena High School in San Jose, […] more

Covered CA Bus Makes the Rounds

This morning our state’s health insurance exchange took off on a road trip. Covered California staff, stakeholders, and supporters loaded up on a custom bus for a nine day trip with stops in 21 cities to get the message out: affordable health care is here. ITUP is excited to participate […] more

Coverage Resources Available: Help with Complaints & Concerns

Today on Ask ITUP we have a question on where to go for concerns, complaints, and questions. How can consumers make complaints about coverage? It depends on the type of concern. For example, insurance companies have formal grievance processes for claim and prior authorization denials. Some folks have complaints about […] more

Rate of Health Spending Falls

CMS’ Office of the Actuary reports in Health Affairs on the increases in health spending. For the period 1990-2008, health spending grew at 7.2% annually or 2% higher than GDP growth. For the five-year period 2008-2013, the rate of health spending fell by more than 50% and grew at the […] more

Should I Stay, or Should I Go?

“Should I stay, or should I go?” It’s that time of year again. Yes, it’s Halloween on Friday. But it’s also almost time for open enrollment for Covered California. And that’s exciting because it’s an opportunity for millions of people to get affordable health insurance. It’s also decision time for […] more