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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the landmark federal health reform legislation of 2010, makes a wide variety of changes to the existing health system in the United States. California is currently implementing the Affordable Care Act and preparing the health system for necessary changes. On this page, you will find information about federal and state health policy and regulations.

Notes from Conference Call with CHHS Secretary Dooley and Medi-Cal Director Douglas about Governor’s 2013-14 Budget Proposal

Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency Diana Dooley hosted a stakeholder conference call on January 10, 2013 to discuss the Governor’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2013-14. She was accompanied by Medi-Cal Director Toby Douglas, as well as officials from other departments. Secretary Dooley began by announcing […] 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

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

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

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

Thinking Ahead: High Priorities for CA’s ACA Implementation (DRAFT)

This working draft examines California’s ACA implementation efforts – where we are and where we need to go in the near future.  Topics discussed include: Education, outreach and enrollment Medi-Cal expansion and simplification Exchange Residually uninsured Behavioral health Safety net Bending the cost curve Evolution The draft is available for […] more

Summary of Proposed Federal Rules on EHB, Actuarial Value and Accreditation of QHP

Plans in the individual and small employer markets must offer the 10 essential health benefits. 45 CFR §147.150 Plans in the individual market must offer child only coverage as well. Comment: this does not apply to grandfathered plans or to large and mid sized employer plans. A state can require […] more

Summary of CMS’ FAQs on the Exchange and Medicaid Expansion

There will be no further extensions of the deadlines for states to decide whether to operate an Exchange. State Exchanges must be financially self-sustaining by January 1, 2015. States will not be assessed a fee for using federal data services. Deadline to operate a Partnership Exchange between the state and […] more

Creating a Streamlined Service Center for California’s Health Subsidy Programs

The California Health Benefit Exchange, in coordination with the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), will launch a new service center in 2014 to provide individuals and families with a unified eligibility determination and enrollment portal. This service center will allow consumers to learn about their coverage options and simultaneously […] more

CaliforniACA November Newsletter

ITUP’s 17th Annual Conference Registration for our 17th annual conference is now open!  Confirmed speakers include: John Arensmeyer, Founder & CEO, Small Business Majority Kim Belshé, Executive Director, First 5 L.A. Diana Bontá, CEO, The California Wellness Foundation Alex Briscoe, Director, Alameda County Health Care Services Agency Diana Dooley, Secretary, CA Dept. of Health and […] more