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CalSIM: More Californians Covered Sooner

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the UC Berkeley Labor Center recently released an updated version of the California Simulation of Insurance Markets (CalSIM) estimates of insurance coverage from 2015 to 2019. Compared to estimates from March 2013, CalSIM version 1.9 predicts that more Californians will enroll in […] more

National Uninsured Rate Drops to 13.4%

A Gallup poll conducted in April and May revealed that the national uninsured rate has decreased significantly from pre-ACA levels, down to 13.4% of Americans, compared to 16.8% to 18% in 2013. This rate is the lowest recorded by Gallup, since the poll originated in 2008. The national telephone poll […] more

Summary of Pregnancy Coverage Trailer Bill

The Governor’s budget proposes offering premium assistance, cost-sharing assistance, and wraparound coverage to pregnant women who enroll in Covered California in lieu of pregnancy-only Medi-Cal. The following is a summary of the trailer bill (Health & Human Services, 602) implementing the provision. The State will establish a program within Covered […] more

Covered California May Board Meeting

A number of important topics were discussed at this month’s Covered California Board meeting, with lively debate. Here are the highlights. General Updates Thousands of people are enrolling via special enrollment per day. Next open enrollment should align with the federal dates (November 15 – February 15) but this is […] more

Cost of Insuring the Undocumented: $700 Million?

The Senate Appropriations Committee held a hearing earlier this week on SB 1005, State Senator Ricardo Lara’s “Health for All” bill that would provide full scope Medi-Cal to the undocumented and create a shadow Exchange with premium assistance provided by the State. Estimates of the cost of the bill to […] more

60 Days of Open Enrollment in Covered California for COBRA Subscribers Begins May 15th

Individuals with COBRA coverage have 60 days to switch to Covered California. Open enrollment begins May 15th and ends July 15, 2014. Why might one switch? Some COBRA enrollees are eligible for premium assistance that can reduce their monthly premiums. Some Covered California plans are less costly and offer better […] more

Revised State Budget Released

Today Governor Brown released a summary of the revised 2014-15 state budget. General fund revenues increase by over $2 billion. Major fund increases go towards reforming and upgrading teacher pension contributions, paying down the “wall of debt,” funding drought relief, and contributing to the Rainy Day fund. Here are the […] more

UCLA Center for Health Policy Research studies California’s Undocumented Population

According to a study conducted by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, California’s undocumented immigrant population utilizes services at a dramatically lower rate than the average U.S. citizen. These findings contradict commonly held myths that the undocumented population drives up healthcare expenditures by excessive emergency department (ED) usage. The […] more

Early Studies of Health Reform Show Promising Findings

With the clear success of the first open enrollment, many now wonder if health reform will succeed in decreasing health care costs and improving health outcomes. Although it is too early to start answering our most pressing questions, studies have released some promising findings. The Harvard School of Public Health […] more

Insurance for the Undocumented Bill Approved by Health Committee

SB 1005, State Senator Ricardo Lara’s “Health for All” bill that would provide full scope Medi-Cal to the undocumented and create a shadow Exchange with premium assistance provided by the State, was recently approved 6-1 by the Senate Committee on Health. The bill now moves to the Appropriations Committee, where […] more