Month: February 2013

February Exchange Board Meeting: New Covered California Website, Updates on Service Centers and QHP Contracting

February 28, 2013

The February Exchange Board meeting began with the announcement that Covered California is now online at www.coveredca.com. The homepage of the website, which can also be viewed in Spanish, includes a countdown to January 1, 2014 when “new coverage begins for millions of Californians.”…

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Understanding the Sequestration Cuts

February 26, 2013

It appears increasingly likely that Congress and the President will not reach agreement on preventing the sequestration cuts, but let us not yet lose hope that they will do so. So we should at least understand what they are. The total is $1.1 trillion over the next 10 years. For this…

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GOP Governor in New Jersey expands Medicaid

February 26, 2013

Chris Christie, GOP Governor of New Jersey, announced his support for expanding Medicaid under Health Reform. The ACA allows states to expand their Medicaid programs for incomes up to 138%FPL with 100% federal funding for those newly eligible for the first three years.The federal…

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California's Payment Reform Innovation Grant

February 25, 2013

The State of California will receive up to $2,667,693 to develop their State Health Care Innovation Plan. Funding will be subject to successful completion of the terms and conditions for the State Innovation Model initiative over the next 6 months. California intends to utilize existing…

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Realignment Redistribution Formulas

February 21, 2013

The full report is also available for download: [download id="641" format="1"] One of the great questions at the ITUP conference that went unanswered is “what formula could/should/might be used by the state and the counties in re-allocating the county health realignment savings…

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Republican Governor Rick Scott Announces Support for ACA Medicaid Expansion in Florida

February 21, 2013

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…

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CA Innovations Summit in May 2013 to Focus on Mental Health and Substance Use

February 14, 2013

The California Institute for Mental Health (CiMH) and Integrated Behavioral Health Project (IBHP) will be convening the California Innovations Summit on May 22-23, 2013 to advance the Triple Aim: improved care, population health and reduced costs for individuals with complex mental…

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Continued Slower Growth in U.S. Health Costs Reduces Federal Budget Deficit Estimates

February 13, 2013

Last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reduced its estimates of federal spending on Medicare and Medicaid as a result of a marked slowdown of the rise in health care costs during the last few years. This pattern of deceleration has brought the rise in health care costs to…

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KCMU Examines Medicaid and Medicare Reimbursement

February 13, 2013

The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured (KCMU) released an issue paper in December assessing how much the Medicaid physician reimbursement rate for primary care will rise in 2013. KCMU commissioned the Urban Institute to initiate a 50-state survey of Medicaid physician…

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Materials from the 17th Annual Statewide Conference

February 12, 2013

Dear friends, It was great to see all of you last week at the ITUP conference. The conference binders, power points, handouts and other printed materials and the audio recordings are now posted and accessible at http://itup.org/conference/ Session notes and photos will be coming…

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