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2013 Figures: California Dominates in Exchange Enrollment

Nearly 500,000 people selected a Covered California plan by December 31. This was, by far, the largest total enrollment of any state, with Florida trailing behind with 158,000 enrollees. The New York Times estimates that California has reached 82% of the target for the halfway point of open enrollment. A […] more

Budget Proposed by Governor

Today Governor Brown released a summary of his proposed 2014-15 state budget. The budget for Medi-Cal is projected at $73 billion and the numbers of enrollees would be 10.1 million, reflecting the launch of the Affordable Care Act. This is an increase from $66 billion in Medi-Cal spending and 9.2 […] more

The Medicaid Apologist Is In

The Medicaid program has been painted as the red-headed stepchild of the ACA, ever since the Supreme Court ruled that Medicaid expansion was optional, not mandatory, for states. Even when it does well – namely, adding 4 million Americans to the program in October and November alone – neither side […] more

Payment Deadline Extended for Covered California

In a response to customers having difficulty paying their first month’s premium in time, Covered California recently announced that customers who signed up for plans in 2013 can pay their bills through January 15. Payments must be received, not postmarked, by insurance companies by the 15th for coverage to become […] more

Expanded Medi-Cal Behavioral Health Benefits Still Awaiting CMS Approval

On January 1, the Medi-Cal program expanded eligibility to include all citizens and legal permanent residents (LPRs) at or below 138% of federal poverty (roughly $16,000 for an individual and $32,500 for a household of four). However, one central piece of California’s expansion of Medi-Cal remains on hold. Last year, […] more

2014: Tomorrow is Here

We hope you had wonderful holidays and New Year celebrations. The rollout of the Affordable Care Act in California has gone well, with enrollment for the first three months, reported to top one and a half million in California. California has had the advantages of a three-year head start in […] more

More Changes for Individuals with Cancelled Policies

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued new guidance yesterday regarding  options for individuals with cancelled health insurance policies. A plan cancellation now qualifies as a hardship exemption, meaning that those facing cancellations can enroll in catastrophic plans or can opt out of insurance while avoiding the individual mandate penalty. […] more

Enrollment by Region

Today Covered California released region specific breakdowns of enrollment in October and November. Highlights include: The Los Angeles region enrolled the most individuals, totaling 23% of enrollees, but still has a ways to go, given that 31% of the state’s subsidy eligible population lives in the LA area. The Bay […] more

Enrollment Demographics

There were over 109,000 enrollments in Covered California in October and November. A more recent update from Covered California noted that more than 156,000 individuals enrolled through the first week of December. Of the initial enrollees, 86%  qualified for premium assistance from the federal government. An additional 179,000 people were […] more

Iowa Medicaid Expansion Moves Forward with CMS Waiver Approval

Iowa received federal approval this week to expand its Medicaid program on January 1, 2014. The Hawkeye State could cover as many as 190,000 more residents through the expansion, named the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan. ITUP applauds the news that Iowa and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have […] more