Month: November 2013

SHOP Enrollment Begins

November 25, 2013

Enrollment for the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) in Covered California begins today. A webinar hosted by Covered California detailed the process for employers seeking quotes and selecting coverage, along with the application for employees. The applications are similar…

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November Enrollment Boom

November 22, 2013

At the November Board Meeting yesterday, Covered California released updated application and enrollment figures. As of November 19, over 360,000 applications have been completed and nearly 80,000 Californians have selected a plan. These figures are significant improvements from October…

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November Covered California Board Meeting: Plan Cancellation Conversion Policy, Pediatric Dental Benefits

November 22, 2013

In the Executive Director’s report, Peter Lee noted that California not hampered by problems that the federal exchange (healthcare.gov) is facing.  In fact, Covered California has seen enrollment numbers improve in recent weeks. Some highlights: As of November 19, 360,000 individuals…

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Covered California Bars Extension of Substandard Cancelled Policies

November 21, 2013

At the November meeting today the Board of Covered California reviewed three options: 1) continue cancellations of current substandard individual policies by Covered California health plans, 2) delay cancellations for three months until the end of March, 2014, and 3) delay cancellations…

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Understanding Cancellations of Individual Insurance Policies

November 19, 2013

Background on ACA Reforms There are three different kinds of very important upgrades to individual policies under the Affordable Care Act: 1) underwriting, 2) ten essential health benefits, and 3) out of pocket rules.[1] Underwriting refers to guaranteed issue and renewal and pre-existing…

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Behavioral Health Workgroup Materials

November 18, 2013

Posted below are materials from ITUP's monthly Drug Medi-Cal workgroup. Agenda from October 2, 2013 Behavioral Health Issue Workgroup [download id="748" format="1"] Materials from the CalMHSA Integrated Behavioral Health Project [download id="749" format="1"] [download id="750"…

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Comment on ITUP's Children's Health Report

November 15, 2013

Yesterday ITUP convened leaders in the field of children's health to discuss the future of coverage of children. ITUP has written a draft report on the current state of coverage, issues that remain post health reform, and potential policy alternatives to address those issues. If…

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California Counties' LIHP Enrollment Nears 650,000 and Primary Care Networks in Place as California's Safety Nets Prepare for January 1, 2014 Transition to the Affordable Care Act

November 15, 2013

California counties are leading the state’s head start on health reform enrollment. As of August 2013, the latest available data, 648,508 individuals are enrolled in LIHPs and ready for auto-enrollment in the ACA coverage expansions on January 1, 2014. 624,403 individuals are Medi-Cal…

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Children's Health Under the ACA (draft)

November 15, 2013

This working draft examines the future of children's coverage in California, both where we are now and where we need to go in the near future.  Topics discussed include: Current coverage of children Remaining uninsured children post ACA implementation Future of state programs…

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Covered CA October Enrollment Statistics Released

November 13, 2013

Covered CA and the state Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced today that 200,000 applications were started since the launch of the website on October 1.  Almost 100,000 of those applications were completed, covering over 170,000 individuals. An additional 72,000 applicants…

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