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Governor Brown’s May Revision for State Budget Shows Revenue up $6.7B and Proposes Full-Scope Medi-Cal Coverage for DACA and DAPA Immigrants

Governor Jerry Brown released the May Revision of the California state budget, and he had mostly positive news to share. The biggest news from the new estimates is a $6.7 billion increase in General fund revenues. Given this increase, the Governor proposes new spending for three purposes:   Extending full-scope […] more

Governor’s Order Could Improve California’s Air Quality and Health

While great progress has been made developing a culture of health and wellness in California, access to care is only one part of a larger array of health-impacting factors. An individual’s lived-in environment contributes significantly to their wellbeing (or lack thereof). In developing a culture of health and wellness, policymakers, […] more

Senator Lara’s bill (SB 4) Suspended in Appropriations

As of May 4, 2015, Senator Lara’s bill (SB 4) to expand insurance to undocumented Californians has been placed on hold. This decision comes in the wake of a fiscal analysis of SB 4. According to a Senate analyst, estimated coverage costs for undocumented individuals range from $280 million to […] more

Medicare Pioneer ACO Program Reports a Second Year of Savings

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced today that the Medicare Pioneer ACO program saved $344 million in its first two years of operation. That amount equates to roughly $300 in savings for each of the 600,000 beneficiaries receiving services through the participating ACOs. The savings represent another positive […] more

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