Month: January 2013

Bipartisan Group of Senators Announces Outline of Immigration Reform Plan

January 28, 2013

Today, a bipartisan group of eight senators announced agreement on a broad outline of an immigration reform plan. The group included Senators Schumer (D-NY), McCain (R-AZ), Durbin (D-IL), Graham (R-SC), Menendez (D-NJ), Rubio (R-FL), Bennett (D-CO), and Flake (R-AZ). The proposal…

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Thinking Ahead – High Priorities for ACA Implementation in California

January 24, 2013

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,…

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Preparing for the Affordable Care Act: An Examination of Coverage Expansions in L.A. County: Outreach, Enrollment, Retention and Utilization

January 23, 2013

The ACA’s vision for eligibility and enrollment focuses on a first-class customer experience that envisions consumers will have the information and assistance required to make the process simple and easy to navigate.  This will include simplified and streamlined systems that will…

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January Exchange Board Meeting: Covered California Announces Federal Grant Award, Considers Plan Contract Requirements and Bridge Plans to Include Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans

January 22, 2013

The January Exchange Board meeting opened with the Executive Director’s report, with Peter Lee summarizing Covered California's major planned milestones for 2013. These goals include launching a Covered California consumer website in January, selecting an administrative vendor for…

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Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer Announces State Will Implement Medicaid Expansion

January 21, 2013

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…

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2013 ITUP Conference Hotel Accommodations at the Residence Inn

January 18, 2013

ITUP has reserved a block of rooms at a discounted rate of $179 at the Residence Inn. Reserve a room by January 25 to secure this rate and call the Residence Inn at (916) 443-0500 and request the Insure the Uninsured Project rate, or click here. Space is limited so please reserve…

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

January 16, 2013

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…

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Thoughts on the Medicaid Expansion in CA

January 15, 2013

This report is also available for download: [download id="611" format="1"] Last week, the Governor proposed that we use the new federal Affordable Care Act funds available to expand[1] the Medicaid program in one of two ways: 1) the state would contract with managed care plans for…

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

January 14, 2013

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…

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Governor Brown Announces 2013-14 California Budget Proposal

January 10, 2013

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…

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