Month: January 2014

Next Steps for the Exchange

January 22, 2014

The State announced today that 1.7 million people enrolled in Covered California and Medi-Cal by Dec. 31, with an additional 125,000 Covered California enrollments by Jan. 15. These are fantastic results for just the first three months of enrollment; we are well on our way to meeting…

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Anecdote: in the South

January 20, 2014

I recently spoke to a number of friends and family members about the ACA during a trip back east to Georgia. Most of these Southerners were either highly skeptical or outspokenly critical of health reform. Several were uninsured, but disinterested in enrolling in the Exchange. I…

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2013 Figures: California Dominates in Exchange Enrollment

January 13, 2014

Nearly 500,000 people selected a Covered California plan by December 31. This was, by far, the largest total enrollment of any state, with Florida trailing behind with 158,000 enrollees. The New York Times estimates that California has reached 82% of the target for the halfway point…

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Overview of Governor Brown's Proposed Health Budget for 2014-2015

January 10, 2014

Download the full report here: [download id="761" format="1"] The state budget expects to spend $155 billion in State Funds next year. Roughly $106 billion is from the state General Fund, $44 billion from Special Fund Programs and $4 billion from bond expenditures. The state's revenue…

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Budget Proposed by Governor

January 9, 2014

Today Governor Brown released a summary of his proposed 2014-15 state budget. The budget for Medi-Cal is projected at $73 billion and the numbers of enrollees would be 10.1 million, reflecting the launch of the Affordable Care Act. This is an increase from $66 billion in Medi-Cal…

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The Medicaid Apologist Is In

January 8, 2014

The Medicaid program has been painted as the red-headed stepchild of the ACA, ever since the Supreme Court ruled that Medicaid expansion was optional, not mandatory, for states. Even when it does well – namely, adding 4 million Americans to the program in October and November alone…

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Looking Forward

January 7, 2014

In this set of papers, we are trying to set out the options, possibilities and some recommendations for the evolution of California’s health care system for the rest of this decade. We must clarify where we are going in order to make the best decisions possible on all these issues…

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Payment Deadline Extended for Covered California

January 6, 2014

In a response to customers having difficulty paying their first month’s premium in time, Covered California recently announced that customers who signed up for plans in 2013 can pay their bills through January 15. Payments must be received, not postmarked, by insurance companies…

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Expanded Medi-Cal Behavioral Health Benefits Still Awaiting CMS Approval

January 3, 2014

On January 1, the Medi-Cal program expanded eligibility to include all citizens and legal permanent residents (LPRs) at or below 138% of federal poverty (roughly $16,000 for an individual and $32,500 for a household of four). However, one central piece of California's expansion of…

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2014: Tomorrow is Here

January 2, 2014

We hope you had wonderful holidays and New Year celebrations. The rollout of the Affordable Care Act in California has gone well, with enrollment for the first three months, reported to top one and a half million in California. California has had the advantages of a three-year head…

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