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Health Care Bills at the End of Regular Session, September 2015

The regular legislative session ended on Friday with a number of health care related bills sent to Governor Jerry Brown. Read below for a summary of these bills. ABX2-15 – End of Life Option Act, Susan Eggman (D-Stockton) The End of Life Option Act has been getting the most attention […] more

Opportunities for California under §1332 of the Affordable Care Act

California has made great progress implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with almost 4.7 million people newly enrolled in either Medi-Cal or Covered California since January 2014. The state now strives to improve the quality of care and the performance of its safety net delivery systems as it moves toward […] more

Covered California August Board Meeting

The end of summer is fast approaching and Covered California is in full gear preparing for its third open enrollment. Working diligently to ensure a seamless consumer shopping experience, Covered California has been successful in negotiating competitive rates, debuting new plans on the exchange and presenting the qualified health plans’ […] more

California’s Drug Medi-Cal Waiver Is a Big Deal: Here’s Why

On August 14, 2015, The California Department of Health Care Services announced federal approval of the State’s Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS) waiver.  This report summarizes expanded Substance Use Disorder (SUD) benefits and describes the importance of the DMC-ODS waiver in the transformation of the SUD system of care. […] more

Summary of the Kaiser Family Foundation Survey of California’s Uninsured

The Kaiser Family Foundation has released a longitudinal survey of what has happened to California’s uninsured over a two-year period of ACA implementation. In 2013, 100% of those sampled were uninsured; in 2014 after the first open enrollment 58% were insured; and in 2015 after the second open enrollment 68% […] more

Summary of Gallup Poll on State’s Progress in Reducing the Numbers of Uninsured

The latest Gallup Poll findings showed California ranked 6th in the nation by successfully reducing its rates of uninsured from 21.6% to 11.8%. Arkansas led the nation with a reduction from 22.5% uninsured to 9.1% uninsured. Kentucky reduced its rates of uninsured from 20.4% to 9.0%. Oregon reduced its uninsured […] more

San Francisco, The Spirit Of The Pioneers: Taking Steps To Improve Both Healthy San Francisco And The ACA

San Francisco is pioneering yet again. It’s proposing to modernize the “City Option” by creating a new Bridge to Coverage and expanding its Healthy San Francisco program for the remaining uninsured. Most city businesses either offer coverage to their employees or help pay for their care through medical reimbursement accounts […] more

Summary of Covered California Premiums for 2016

Covered California has announced its 2016 premiums. It reports that the over-all increase (weighted average, assuming purchasing patterns are the same as last year) is 4%. The average increase for the lowest priced bronze plans is 3.3%. The increase in premiums for the lowest priced silver plan is 1.5% and […] more

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