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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.

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

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

§1115 Waiver Renewal Analysis: Public Hospital Redesign and Incentives in Medi-Cal

This is part of an ITUP series on the Medi-Cal 2020 §1115 waiver renewal. Public Hospital Redesign and Incentives in Medi-Cal (PRIME) is an ambitious follow-up program to the successful Delivery System Reform Incentive Pool (DSRIP) for county, district, and University of California hospitals. Up to $7.5 billion will be […] more

Analysis of §1115 Waiver Renewal: Dental Transformation Initiative

This is part of an ITUP series on the Medi-Cal 2020 §1115 waiver renewal. Under the Medi-Cal Dental program, dental services are provided to about 5.5 million Medi-Cal beneficiaries under the age of 20. The program aims to facilitate consistent and easy access to high quality dental services so beneficiaries […] more

Analysis of §1115 Waiver Renewal: Whole Person Care Pilots

This is part of an ITUP series on the Medi-Cal 2020 §1115 waiver renewal. As health care systems are focusing on providing more efficient, high quality care, systems around the country are moving towards more integrated patient care. The addition of the Whole Person Care Pilots (WPC) in California’s new […] more

Analysis of §1115 Waiver Renewal: Managed Care Expansion and Demonstrations Continuation

This is part of an ITUP series on the Medi-Cal 2020 §1115 waiver renewal. The Medi-Cal program has grown from a caseload of 7.9 million beneficiaries in 2012-13 to a projected 13.5 million in 2016-17. About 10 million are currently enrolled in a managed care plan. The plans are reimbursed […] more

California’s §1115 Waiver Renewal

California’s §1115 waiver recently expired on October 31, 2015, and HHS granted a temporary extension of the waiver until December 31, 2015.  On October 31, 2015, DHCS and CMS announced a conceptual agreement that outlines the major components of the waiver renewal. There are several improvements in the renewed waiver, while also room to continue […] 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

Governor’s Budget Proposal – Health Analysis

It’s Budget Day! Governor Brown released his proposed budget this morning for 2015-16. Before we dive deep into the details of the health budget, here are the most noteworthy proposals: Annual enrollment periods for Medi-Cal – currently, Medi-Cal managed care members can change their plan once a month, in contrast […] more