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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

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

Republican Governors Kasich of Ohio and Snyder of Michigan Move Forward to Implement ACA Medicaid Expansion

The group of Republican governors signaling support for expanding Medicaid in their states has grown in recent days. The LA Times reports that Governors John Kasich of Ohio and Rick Snyder of Michigan intend to expand eligibility for the program to 138% of federal poverty in 2014, a central element […] more

Covered California Provides Updates about Service Center in Webinar

The staff of Covered California hosted a webinar on January 31 about the development of the Service Center. The staff reviewed the timeline for the rollout of the Service Center, the quick sort model for warm hand-offs of callers to county service centers, protocols for handling different types of applicants, […] 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

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 Continues to Have the Greatest Number of Uninsured Residents in U.S.

A new report from the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) indicates that California continues to be the state with largest number of uninsured residents, 7.1 million. The state ranks seventh in the overall share (22%) of its residents who are uninsured. These findings are a part of a long-term decline in […] 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