Month: August 2013

50 Years Later We Celebrate the March on Washington

August 28, 2013

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The historic movement is best remembered for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, which eloquently verbalized the vision of a nation free from discrimination and inequality: “I…

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Covered California August Update

August 26, 2013

Covered California has made significant progress in preparing for the launch of open enrollment October 1. Below is a summary of the activities reported at the Covered California Board Meeting on August 22. Executive Director’s Report CalHEERs CalHEERs expected to be live and…

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There's an app for that! Covered California goes mobile!

August 22, 2013

Covered California launched a new mobile application for consumers. The app allows all technically savvy Californians to find a health insurance policy that's right for them-at an affordable price! According to the description: "This app helps Certified Enrollment Counselors to: •…

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On the Eve of Reform: Hospitals, Clinics and the Safety Net (2008-2011)

August 16, 2013

These reports are analyses of the Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development's hospital and community clinic data that examines utilization and financing during the height of the Great Recession.  It looks into inpatient and outpatient care (hospitals), Medi-Cal utilization…

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Improving Birth Outcomes: Better Coordinating Care and Coverage for Pregnant Women

August 8, 2013

Download the full report here:  [download id="718" format="1"] After expanding coverage for prenatal care and expanding perinatal services in California, we have achieved remarkable reductions in premature births, low birth-weight, reduced smoking rates of pregnant women and important…

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Primary Care Rate Increases: Why Are They Important and What's the Reason for the Delay in Implementation in California?

August 7, 2013

Download the full report here: [download id="715" format="1"]   California could be the last state in the nation to implement the primary care improvements of the ACA, but if so, let’s at least make it the most successful, transformative and enduring. The ACA requires states…

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Summary of New SHOP Rates

August 2, 2013

The SHOP (Small Business Health Options Program) is the small business component of Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While providing health insurance is not required for small businesses (fewer than 50 fulltime…

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