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Delivery Systems and Financing Care for the Remaining Uninsured in Fresno, Imperial, Merced, Stanislaus and Tulare Counties

This paper provides an overview of the transitions that have taken place and the opportunities available throughout the health care system and insurance coverage landscape in California’s Central Valley, specifically Fresno, Merced, Stanislaus and Tulare. The paper also includes findings on Imperial County whose community demographics and health care access […] more

Republican Governor Rick Scott Announces Support for ACA Medicaid Expansion in Florida

Yesterday, Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott threw his support behind adopting the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion in the state. The move would extend eligibility for the program to 138% of federal poverty, offering health coverage to an additional 1 million people in Florida. Scott’s decision is particularly noteworthy […] more

Continued Slower Growth in U.S. Health Costs Reduces Federal Budget Deficit Estimates

Last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reduced its estimates of federal spending on Medicare and Medicaid as a result of a marked slowdown of the rise in health care costs during the last few years. This pattern of deceleration has brought the rise in health care costs to its […] more

Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer Announces State Will Implement Medicaid Expansion

Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer has announced that she will move forward to implement the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion in her state. She made the decision public in her annual State of the State address. This expansion would extend coverage to 240,000 Arizonans and bring $1.6 billion in federal […] more

Governor Brown Announces 2013-14 California Budget Proposal

Governor Brown released his budget proposal for the 2013-14 Fiscal Year and announced that the State’s budget would be balanced for the first time since the Great Recession began in 2008. Brown also announced that California will implement the Medicaid eligibility expansion in the ACA, which the Supreme Court made […] more

UC Study Finds Medi-Cal Expansion Would Have Minimal Cost to State while Greatly Expanding Coverage

The results of a new study from the UC Berkeley Labor Center and the UCLA Health Policy Center estimate that the Medi-Cal expansion to 138% of federal poverty through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would be at minimal cost to the State of California. In addition, the expansion would extend […] more

In Economic News, November Jobs Report Shows Growth despite Hurricane Sandy, Most Americans Want Tax Increase for Higher-Income Households in Deficit Reduction Package

The U.S. Department of Labor released the November jobs report today, and the news was largely positive overall. The economy produced 146,000 new jobs, bringing the unemployment rate down from 7.9% to 7.7%. While these figures do not indicate robust growth in the labor market, the gains are notable given […] more

Survey of State Medicaid Programs Finds Program Spending at Near-Record Low, Slowing Enrollment and Provider Payment Cuts Cited As Causes

A Kaiser Family Foundation survey of Medicaid programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia found that overall Medicaid program spending is nearly at a record low in 2012. State Medicaid programs also expect similar spending figures in 2013. The survey cites two chief reasons for the reduced overall […] more

Wal-Mart Announces Coverage of Heart and Spine Surgeries at No Cost to Workers, Will Use Bundled Payments to Centers of Excellence

The Chicago Tribune reports this afternoon that Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest retail chain and largest private employer, will begin covering heart and spine surgeries at no cost to workers, beginning in January 2013. Workers will be able to have the procedures done at six health centers that are considered “centers […] more