Month: October 2012

Integrating Medical Care with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services in L.A. County: A Status Report

October 31, 2012

An opportunity exists to integrate mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) services with medical care in a patient-centered manner under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and federal parity requirements. Survey results on health care preferences of low-income…

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Speakers Confirmed for 2013 ITUP Conference!

October 31, 2012

ITUP is pleased to announce a list of distinguished individuals who will be speaking at the 16th annual statewide conference on Tuesday February 5, 2013. Register HERE! Confirmed Speakers Jason Andrews, Broker, SMB & Insurance Associates John Arensmeyer, Founder & Chief Executive…

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At October Board Meeting, California Health Benefit Exchange Reports Considerable Interest among Insurers, Picks a Name: Covered California

October 31, 2012

The California Health Benefit Exchange Board has received a considerable amount of interest from health insurance issuers who may submit bids to sell plans through the Exchange. At the board meeting today, the Exchange staff reported that 33 issuers have indicated interest in submitting…

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New Study Finds That the More Americans Know about the Affordable Care Act, the More They Like It

October 30, 2012

There is an interesting new study out on public attitudes towards the Affordable Care Act. In essence, it concludes that the more you know about what is actually in it, the better you like it. Likewise the more your knowledge is driven by the inaccurate statements about what is in…

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DHCS post new LIHP Monthly Enrollment Numbers

October 26, 2012

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) recently posted new monthly enrollment data for the Low-Income Health Program (LIHP) by county during August 2012. The Low-Income Health Program is a coverage initiative included in California’s §1115 Medicaid Waiver that…

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2012 Health Care Financing Report

October 25, 2012

The Health Care Financing Report examines the state's budget, health expenditure trends, fiscal future, Proposition 30, and the state of public programs (Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, the Major Risk Medical Insurance Plan, Access for Infants and Mothers, Family PACT, Genetically Handicapped…

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Survey of State Medicaid Programs Finds Program Spending at Near-Record Low, Slowing Enrollment and Provider Payment Cuts Cited As Causes

October 25, 2012

A Kaiser Family Foundation survey of Medicaid programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia found that overall Medicaid program spending is nearly at a record low in 2012. State Medicaid programs also expect similar spending figures in 2013. The survey cites two chief reasons…

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Millionaire Tax Did Not Drive Wealthy Californians Out of State

October 23, 2012

In a joint report by Princeton University and Stanford University, Charles Varner and Cristobal Young examined if increases in California's top income tax rates lead to changes in the migration of top incomes. Counter to the belief that millionaire taxes may lead to millionaire migration…

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Wal-Mart Announces Coverage of Heart and Spine Surgeries at No Cost to Workers, Will Use Bundled Payments to Centers of Excellence

October 11, 2012

The Chicago Tribune reports this afternoon that Wal-Mart, the nation's largest retail chain and largest private employer, will begin covering heart and spine surgeries at no cost to workers, beginning in January 2013. Workers will be able to have the procedures done at six health…

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Understanding the Health Benefits Exchange Outreach and Enrollment Grant

October 11, 2012

On September 27 the California Health Benefit Exchange (the Exchange) held a stakeholder Webinar soliciting input on the Outreach and Enrollment Grant as a component of efforts to enroll uninsured individuals into the Exchange. Program sponsors (California Health Benefits Exchange,…

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