Month: June 2013

Summary of California Assembly Bill 85

June 28, 2013

Summary of AB 85: The Budget Trailer Bill Governing County Health Realignment This bill transfers realignment  funds from county health to social services with a 5% CalWorks increase in aid payments on March 1, 2014. It reduces county health realignment funds by an average of 60%…

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Medi-Cal Expansion a Giant Step Forward for California

June 27, 2013

June 27, 2013   Dear Friends and Colleagues,   Just as California led the nation in establishing the first state health insurance exchange following the passage of the Affordable Care Act, today's expansion of the Medi-Cal program brings the state one step closer to near…

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Survey reveals which health care providers patients prefer

June 25, 2013

As Health Care Reform continues to roll out and coverage expands in 2014, the projected shortage of physicians begs the question: who will provide care to the millions of newly insured Americans? The Association of American Medical Colleges projects that the United States will have…

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LA County DACA Task Force Workshop – June 22, 2013

June 21, 2013

This Saturday the LA County DACA task Force is hosting four free legal workshops to assist immigrants under 32 with DACA applications. If you know of immigrants who need to adjust their immigration status in the LA County area please let them know about this event.  Share this…

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Summary of Medicaid Expansion: SB X 1 1 and AB X 1 1

June 21, 2013

Download the full summary here: [download id="698" format="1"] Executive Summary Eligibility Coverage of Parents and MIAs up to 133% of FPL (MAGI, Modified Adjusted Gross Income eligibles) MAGI applies to all individuals and families, except the aged and disabled. Consolidation…

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California Legislature Passes Medi-Cal Expansion as Part of State Budget

June 17, 2013

On Saturday, the California Legislature passed final legislation to expand Medi-Cal as a part of a broader state budget agreement for FY 2013-14. The Medi-Cal program will expand in 2014 to provide health coverage to an additional 1 to 1.6 million Californians. The eligibility expansion…

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AZ Passes Medicaid Expansion (Before CA)

June 14, 2013

After a very contentious fight in the state's Republican leadership, Arizona lawmakers capped a six-month legislative session by agreeing to expand the state's Medicaid program.  After Governor Jan Brewer refused to sign any other bills until lawmakers passed a budget that included…

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Legislative Committees Approve Medicaid Expansion

June 13, 2013

The Assembly and Senate Health Committees passed AB X 1 1 (Perez) and SB X 1 1 (Hernandez), the Medi-Cal expansion bills, this week. This is a major step forward although there are still some details that will need to be worked out as part of the ongoing budget and bill negotiations. An…

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The Reckoning

June 13, 2013

[download id="695" format="1"] I have been haunted for the last decades by David Halberstam’s book, “The Reckoning” which details the decline and fall of the Big Three Detroit automakers who forgot the basics of design, engineering, and quality while focusing obsessively on…

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Outlines of the Budget Compromise

June 11, 2013

1. Governor Brown’s economic estimate The Budget will be based on Governor Brown’s economic estimates of $96 billion in General Fund revenues, despite the Legislative Analyst’s Office projection that revenues would be $3 billion higher.   2. Governor Brown’s school…

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