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Covered California Announces Preliminary Rates for 2017

Covered California’s announcement about anticipated rate increases for the 2017 rate year is reverberating across the political landscape of health care reform. The proposed increases are yet to be reviewed by state regulators, but the possibility of an average rise of 13.2% stands in stark contrast to the first two […] more

President Obama Takes Stock of Reform

In a nontraditional role for a sitting President, “Barack Obama, JD” entered a Special Communication in the Journal of the american Medical Association (JAMA) reflecting on the passage and impact of his signature legislative endeavor, the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). more

Covered California June 2016 Board Meeting

Covered California board members met on June 16, 2016. Executive Director Peter Lee updated board members on the Section 1332 State Innovation waiver and Covered California for Small Business enrollment numbers. Board members also approved a revised Covered California $320 million budget and approved modifications to the high deductible health […] more

In the Lead-up to Medi-Cal for Undocumented Children, California’s Community Health Centers Weigh-In

California’s community clinics and health centers (CCHCs) highlight early challenges and successes in enrolling eligible children in a recent issue brief by Pacific Health Consulting Group (PHCG) with support from the Blue Shield of California Foundation. more

Covered California May 2016 Board Meeting

The Covered California Board of Directors met on May 12, 2016 in Sacramento. Covered California presented their proposed 2016-17 budget and associated program changes, including a health plan assessment level of 4% for the individual market and 5.2% for the small business market, the closing of the Contra Costa Public […] more

Medi-Cal For All Children Goes Live Today

On Friday May 13, 2016, the state Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) notified the Department of Finance that all systems are go to implement SB 75 (Medi-Cal for All Children) today. The Medi-Cal for All Children Expansion means that low-income undocumented children will, for the first time, be eligible for […] more

Children’s Health Insurance Coverage: 4 California Stats

In light of the upcoming Medi-Cal expansion for undocumented children on May 16, ITUP continues to put a spotlight on children’s health insurance coverage during this historic month. In February of this year, the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) released a new report, “State Level Trends in Children’s Health Insurance […] more

Coverage for All Children Approaches: Health4All Kids Webinar Breaks It Down

The Children’s Partnership joined with partner organizations (see Figure 1 below) to host a “Health4All Kids” webinar on the upcoming Medi-Cal coverage expansion for undocumented children. The webinar highlighted key facts about the expansion, the implementation process, the opportunities and challenges, and the new health4allkids.org toolkit to assist communities in […] more

Marketplaces and Medicaid Enrollment: Highlights from The Commonwealth Fund’s New Issue Brief

Last week The Commonwealth Fund published a new issue brief on the role of health insurance marketplaces in Medicaid enrollment. ITUP took a closer look, broke down some of the key takeaways, and outlined what’s true for California. Background Under the ACA, states that have a state-based marketplace (SBM) must enable their marketplace to make final […] more

Covered California April 2016 Board Meeting

The Covered California Board of Directors met on April 7, 2016 in Sacramento. The agenda included Covered California’s analysis and recommendations for a Section 1332 Affordable Care Act (ACA) waiver in California, proposed revisions to Covered California’s qualified health plan (QHP) contracts, changes to the standard benefit designs for 2017, […] more