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ITUP ACA Watch, Issue 3 — The False Equivalency of High-Risk Pools to Replace the ACA

Many Republican proposals to repeal, replace or rollback the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) reintroduce state-based high-risk pools for individuals with pre-existing and high-cost health conditions. California’s pre-ACA experience with a state high-risk pool, discussed in this issue of ACA Watch, demonstrates that high-risk pools leave individuals who, by definition, most need access to comprehensive health services, with high premiums, low benefits and insufficient access to coverage. This issue highlights why high-risk pools would also likely not preserve the ACA’s promise to cover everyone regardless of pre-existing conditions. Ultimately, high-risk pools are a false equivalency to the ACA’s comprehensive coverage framework. more

ITUP ACA Watch, Issue 2 — Congressional Budget Office Scores the American Health Care Act

The second Issue in the series provides information and analyses on the independent, nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) review of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The GOP proposed AHCA would dismantle significant portions of the federal Affordable Care Act. This ACA Watch describes key provisions of the AHCA and […] more

2016 Legislative Wrap-Up

At the end of August, the California Legislature adjourned the 2015-2016 legislative session.  The Governor had until September 30 to review and consider all bills the Legislature passed and sent to him.  This summary highlights key health care bills signed by the Governor, vetoed and those that failed in the […] more

ITUP Announces Dates and Locations for 2016 Regional Workgroups

ITUP will be hosting its 2016 series of California regional workgroups from October to December (schedule below). ITUP conducts health-policy research and serves as an independent convener bringing together health care leaders around the state to build common understanding on issues and policies affecting the health of Californians. ITUP regional […] more

May 2016 Legislative Summary

Dozens of health care bills have been moving through the California Legislature in the second half of the 2015-16 legislative session. As of this writing, many of the bills are on temporary hold in the Suspense files of the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committee pending further action. The two fiscal […] more

2015 Workgroup Summaries

ITUP conducts a series of regional and statewide issue workgroups every year and provides executive summaries of all proceedings. These summaries provide an overview of the main topics of discussion, ranging from local enrollment success and challenges, local reform initiatives, and developing issues that stakeholders are grappling with. Regional Workgroups […] more

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

Provider Market Power and Cost Containment

ITUP’s report on the impacts of provider market power and healthcare cost containment, authored by Vishaal Pegany, is now available. While more individuals are covered by insurance, the rate of health care cost growth continues to outpace economic growth, resulting in higher premiums and deductibles. It is imperative to make […] more

ITUP Analysis and Summary of the §1115 Waiver Renewal

ITUP has prepared a six-part summary of California’s Medi-Cal 2020 §1115 waiver, which went into effect at the beginning of 2016. The new waiver aims to build off of the successes of the Bridge to Reform waiver, which expired at the end of 2015. The analysis is freely available in […] more

§1115 Waiver Renewal Analysis: Global Payment Program (GPP)

This is part of an ITUP series on the Medi-Cal 2020 §1115 waiver renewal. Before the Medi-Cal 2020 waiver, the federal/local financing of care for the uninsured was anachronistic. It incentivizes treating uninsured individuals at the hospital emergency room (the most expensive setting) at the latest possible stage of illness […] more