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Opportunities for California Under Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act

ITUP’s report, Opportunities for California Under Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act, is now available. California has made great progress implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with 6 million people newly enrolled in either Medi-Cal or Covered California since December 2013. The state strives to improve the quality, outcomes […] more

Covered California Active Members Receive Substantial Federal Assistance to Pay for Healthcare Coverage and Any Reduction to this Assistance Would Jeopardize Gains on the Affordability of Coverage

Amid talks of GOP reconciliation bills that would gut federal assistance from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and leave millions of working people uninsured, many of California’s citizens benefit from buying healthcare coverage through the Exchange, Covered California, with federal assistance. Federal assistance comes in two forms for consumers: advanced […] 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

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

Summary of Proposed HHS Regulations for Exchange Navigators and Non-Navigator Assistance Personnel

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently proposed new rules to implement the Navigator and consumer assistance programs for the new health insurance Exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The proposed rules outline conflict-of-interest, training and certification, and meaningful access standards for Navigators and non-Navigator assistance […] more

New Mexico Republican Governor Susana Martinez Announces State Will Move Forward with ACA Medicaid Expansion

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez announced Tuesday that the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will move forward in the Land of Enchantment. She becomes only the second Republican governor to support the program’s expansion to 138% of federal poverty (roughly $14,856 in 2012) since the Supreme Court […] more

California Health Benefit Exchange Receives Approval from Obama Administration

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that California received approval to operate a state-run health insurance Exchange. California was one of seven states (also including HI, ID, NV, NM, VT, and UT) that received approval for this type of Exchange, and this group of states joins […] more

At October Board Meeting, California Health Benefit Exchange Reports Considerable Interest among Insurers, Picks a Name: Covered California

The California Health Benefit Exchange Board has received a considerable amount of interest from health insurance issuers who may submit bids to sell plans through the Exchange. At the board meeting today, the Exchange staff reported that 33 issuers have indicated interest in submitting bids, with 5 issuers interested in […] more