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Governor’s Special Session Managed Care Tax

The California legislature is working with the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to find a solution for a $1.1 billion dollar gap in funding needed for various expenditures under the Medi-Cal program (California’s Medicaid program), most pertinently In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) hours restoration, and Medi-Cal provider and developmental disability […] more

Gallup Poll Results – U.S. Uninsured Rate Falls to 11.4% in Second Quarter of 2015

The United States uninsured rate has fallen from 18% to 11.4% (a 36% decline) between the last quarter of 2013 and the second quarter of 2015 according to the recent Gallup and Healthways Tracking Poll. This is a phenomenal achievement in the face of sustained efforts to derail the ACA […] more

Monopolistic Profiteering? Market Failures?

For the last 5 years since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, health care costs have been under control; per capita spending in Medicare has shown very slow growth, same with Medicaid and recently most private insurance. There have been debates about causation; some suggest the Great Recession and […] more

Supreme Court Upholds the Refundable Tax Credits/Premium Subsidies For Federal Exchanges

In a 6-3 decision authored by Chief Justice Roberts, the Supreme Court upheld the premium assistance provisions of the Affordable Care Act for federally operated Exchanges. The court introduced the issues at stake as follows: “the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act adopts a series of interlocking reforms to expand […] more

Congratulations to Governor Brown, Senator Ricardo Lara and the State’s Legislative Leadership

Governor Jerry Brown signs $167 billion state budget with significantly increased funding for schools and $40 million for Medi-Cal coverage for immigrant children beginning by May 2016. Up to 170,000 children may qualify and the state will achieve near universal children’s coverage. Congratulations to Governor Brown, Senator Ricardo Lara and […] more

ITUP Summary of Findings from the National Health Insurance Survey

The Centers for Disease Control, National Center for Health Statistics released its 2014 survey results on health insurance status for the nation. Thirty-six million (11.5% of the nation’s residents) were uninsured at the time of their interview. The nation’s rate of uninsurance for adults fell from 22.3% in 2010 to […] more

ITUP’s Summary of “Coverage Expansions and the Remaining Uninsured”

Coverage Expansions and the Remaining Uninsured: a Look at California During Year One of ACA Implementation (Kaiser Family Foundation, May 2015) is an excellent overview of the impacts of the Medicaid (Medi-Cal) and Covered California expansions. This is the report on Year 1. The highlights are as follows: The newly […] more

New Study Emphasizes the Value of Medi-Cal Adult Dental Benefits

A new study from researchers at the University of Iowa examined the effect of the 2009 elimination of Medi-Cal adult dental benefits on service utilization and cost. Adult dental benefits are an optional benefit in Medicaid, and many states have eliminated or reduced these benefits when they have budgetary difficulties, […] more

New White House Report Highlights Benefits for Medicaid Expansion States

  A new report from the White House outlines the major benefits of the Medicaid expansion for the states that opted to extend the new ACA coverage. The paper marshals the best available data and evidence, and highlights improved access to care, better health outcomes and longer life expectancy, greater financial […] more

Narrow Networks Not Necessarily an Impediment to Care

A recent study in Health Affairs finds that although health plans from California’s state-operated health exchange Covered California have narrower networks than their private commercial counterparts, they still have comparable hospital access and in some cases, higher hospital quality scores. The study assessed Covered California plans and compared them to […] more