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California Still Leads the Way During Special Enrollment

Following the creation of a special enrollment period for individuals unaware of the tax penalties for being uninsured, over 33,000 people have signed up for healthcare via Covered California. At the end of the 2015 tax-filing season, many people learned that they would have to pay tax penalties for not […] more

Didn’t Know about the Obamacare Tax Penalty? Enroll in Covered California by April 30 to Avoid the Full Penalty.

Regular open enrollment may have ended for Covered California, but if you or someone you know wasn’t aware of the tax penalty for not having health coverage, you can still avoid the full penalty by enrolling by this Thursday, April 30. So, enroll now! While you won’t be exempt from the […] more

ITUP’s Summary of The Kaiser Health Tracking Poll Findings

Today the Kaiser Family Foundation released its Kaiser Health Tracking Poll on public views of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Some of the findings include: About 43% like the ACA and 42% dislike it. 75% of Republicans dislike it and 70% of Democrats like it. Independents are evenly split. Only 8% knew the […] more

Congratulations Congress!

The over 20% in Medicare rate reductions for physicians called for by the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) is repealed in legislation passing the House and Senate with overwhelming majorities. SGR sought to link the growth in Medicare provider reimbursement to the growth in the economy. What that meant in very […] more

A REAL WHO DONE IT

A REAL WHO DONE IT – Differing Perspectives on the Macro and Micro Economic Factors Affecting Healthcare Spending In depicting and forecasting trends, health economists correlate recent healthcare spending rate declines as intrinsically tied to the national economic downturn. From 1980 to 2008, U.S. healthcare spending grew by 7 percentage […] more

LA County CEO Report Outlines Opportunities and Risks of Proposed Unified Health Agency

The Los Angeles County CEO’s office just released a report under the Board of Supervisors’ direction to explore the creation of a new unified health agency that would include the three County health departments, including Health Services (DHS), Mental Health (DMH), and Pubic Health (DPH). The report considers benefits, risks, and possible […] more

Long Waits Feared with Obamacare Fail to Materialize

Many consumers, healthcare providers, and other market observers feared that the increase in health coverage through Obamacare would cause access problems in the form of long waits for appointments and a lack of hospital beds. So far, it appears that this fear has generally not materialized. According to several studies, […] more

March Covered California Board Meeting

Now that California’s second open enrollment has closed, it’s time to continue thinking about the future. During Covered California’s latest board meeting, there was a lot of discussion about the 2016 plan year and beyond. Below are the details from the March 5th board meeting. New Appointees It was announced […] more

Risks vs. Outcomes: How Does Your County Measure Up?

How healthy is your county? How many years are lost to premature deaths? How frequently are babies born underweight? Does it do better than the state average? Better than the national average? What about wellness? Do residents have insurance? Can they find physicians when they need care? Are they able […] more

ITUP Summary of DHCS Waiver Renewal Concepts

The concept paper includes the following: Delivery System Transformation and Global Safety Net Payments for the Remaining Uninsured. Within the Delivery System Transformation are the following six sub-elements: managed care transformation, fee for service transformation, public safety net transformation, workforce development, housing and supportive services, and regional whole person care […] more