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California’s health system includes statewide public coverage programs and special county-based programs: Medi-Cal, Healthy Kids/Healthy Families, and others created under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act.


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

Thinking Ahead – High Priorities for ACA Implementation in California

This report looks at California — where we are and where we need to go in implementing the Affordable Care Act. These materials reflect ITUP’s views on the challenges for California health reform and a status report for the progress we’ve made. We welcome your thoughts and feedback, and hope […] 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

CMS Study Finds Health Spending Growth Rate Remains Low for Third Consecutive Year

Health Affairs published a recent study from the Office of the Actuary of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the investigators found that total spending on health care in the United States was $2.7 trillion in 2011 and grew 3.9% from 2010 to 2011. This rate of growth […] more

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

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

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