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ACA enrollment tops 2.2 million in California

Yesterday the federal government announced that 728,086 individuals enrolled in Covered California by February 1. Additionally, 850,000 people (in addition to the roughly 630,000 individuals transitioning from LIHPs) were deemed eligible for Medi-Cal. Together, more than 2.2 million people in California have coverage thanks to the ACA. Let that sink […] more

Regional and State Trends in the Exchange

Another day, another set of awesome enrollment data from Covered California. This time we have a breakdown of enrollment by region, tier, and carrier in 2013. Here’s our analysis. The state is on pace to exceed base projections. Some areas, like much of Northern California, as well as Orange County […] more

Next Steps for the Exchange

The State announced today that 1.7 million people enrolled in Covered California and Medi-Cal by Dec. 31, with an additional 125,000 Covered California enrollments by Jan. 15. These are fantastic results for just the first three months of enrollment; we are well on our way to meeting our goals. So […] more

Anecdote: Healthcare.gov in the South

I recently spoke to a number of friends and family members about the ACA during a trip back east to Georgia. Most of these Southerners were either highly skeptical or outspokenly critical of health reform. Several were uninsured, but disinterested in enrolling in the Exchange. I had a long conversation […] more

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