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California’s Oral Health Picture: The Good, the Bad and the Toothy

As California is beginning to re-embrace the importance of investment into dental health, the American Dental Association, Health Policy Institute (HPI) released a fact sheet on all 50 states’ oral health care system. California’s dental profile has some good things, some bad things and some unsightly things going on in […] more

Los Angeles County Enrollment Successes

ITUP has prepared a summary of enrollment successes in Los Angeles county. Here’s a brief overview: Los Angeles reached 226% of anticipated enrollment for the first year’s open enrollment in Covered California Community clinic visit compositions shifted dramatically: Medi-Cal managed care patient visits increased by 57.6% Medi-Cal fee for service […] more

ITUP’s Summary of California Legislative Analyst’s Office Analysis of the 2016-17 Budget

The Legislative Analyst reports that California’s General Fund revenues for 2015-16 will exceed projections by $3.6 billion, which will in turn be deposited in the state’s Rainy Day fund under Proposition 2. The Analyst projects a surplus of $11.5 billion for fiscal year 2016-17, which would be deposited in the […] more

Covered California November Board Meeting

The final Covered California board meeting for the calendar year provided lots of updates on the happenings at the Exchange. At the meeting topics included a study on Californians’ awareness of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the open enrollment launch and a marketing and enrollment update. There was also an […] more

Helpful Reports on Transitioning Undocumented Children to Medi-Cal

The implementation of SB 75, the bill that allows undocumented children to be enrolled in Medi-Cal, is a big step for California’s #Health4All campaign championed by many health care advocates in the State, but there are many logistical details that must be worked out in order to ensure a seamless […] more

ITUP’s Summary of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s National Employer Health Benefits Survey

Premiums increased by 4%; offer rates and take up rates did not change; worker’s wages increased by 2% and inflation fell by 0.2% between 2014 and 2015. Some employers (4%) reduced full time workers to part time while others (10%) increased part time workers to full time. Workers paid on […] more

ITUP’s Summary of the California HealthCare Foundation’s California Employer Health Benefits Survey

Employer offer rates have declined from 69% to 58% in California from 2000 to 2014 – a slightly better performance than the national average. 48% of very small (3-9 employees) California businesses offer coverage; 71% of small (10-49) employers offer coverage; 87% of mid sized (50-199) employers offer coverage; 98% […] more

Impressions from the Covered California Bus Tour — the Central Valley and Central Coast

The first stop was the Fresno Call Center, one of the three California call centers, where about 450 people work during the Open Enrollment. They handle about 14,000 calls a day from all over the state; they peak at over 20,000 calls. Five of the staff travelled on the bus […] more

Summary of WalletHub article, “2015’s Rates of Uninsured by State Before & After Obamacare”

Using data from the US Census Bureau, WalletHub measured the uninsured rates, after the implementation of the Affordable Care act, in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  Rates have been broken down to state levels. Commentary and methodology can be found here. In addition to overall insurance rates, […] more

Home is Where the Coverage Starts: Covered California Inland Empire Bus Tour

Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP) was invited to once again participate in the Covered California bus tour during this third (!) open enrollment season. Several ITUP employees have decided to hop on the bus to spread the word about Covered California, its new plan carriers, and new family dental options. […] more