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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

Hospital Data – OSHPD 2014

Below are detailed excel sheets of the 2014 Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) hospital utilization and financial data. As 2014 marks the start of ACA implementation, the data is a good measure of the changes that took place as a result of the law. Hospitals were analyzed by region, […] more

Reflections on the 6th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

Today we mark six years since passage of the landmark federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). This is an important opportunity to take time and acknowledge our collective efforts to embrace and fully implement the ACA and its coverage expansions. ACA implementation has essentially cut in half the number of uninsured […] more

Online Symposium: The New Health Care Industry

The health care industry has undergone significant transformation, one of the most notable aspects being a wave of mergers and acquisitions that have led to an increase in market consolidation (a topic that was featured at this year’s ITUP conference). While the fact that these changes are happening is indisputable, […] more

Covered California January and February 2016 Board Meetings

Summary of 3rd Open Enrollment Open enrollment 3 (OE3) closed Sunday, January 31, 2016. Executive Director, Peter Lee, reported that 439,392 new signups occurred through February 6, 2016. Data from this third enrollment shows that consumers are shopping around and that the health plans with the lowest prices end up […] more

Love and the Health Plans: MCO Tax Proposal Imminent with Details to Follow

Love is in the air and the largest health plan association is not immune. Several media outlets are reporting that a new Managed Care Organization (MCO) tax is getting support from the California Association of Health Plans. Details of the new plan are not yet released, but it seems as […] more

Covered California: Consumers Still Have Through Feb. 6 to Finish Their Applications

From Covered California’s website: SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With three days left for consumers to finish their applications for affordable, quality health care coverage through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Covered California announced that more than 425,000 consumers had made plan selections during its third open-enrollment period. “In the […] more

Medi-Cal 2020: ITUP’s Analysis of California’s New §1115 Waiver

Over the next couple of weeks, ITUP will be posting a number of papers analyzing the terms and conditions of the new §1115 waiver. These papers will look closely at the new requirements and their implications for the Medi-Cal program. Released Papers: Summary of the Terms and Conditions Managed Care […] more