Month: March 2014

Tell Your Network To Enroll

March 28, 2014

Open enrollment for Exchange coverage ends in THREE days. Now is the time to make a last pitch to anyone you know who is un- or under-insured. We ask you to take this opportunity to contact your networks – colleagues, distant cousins, childhood friends, neighbors, procrastinators,…

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Birthday gif(t)s

March 27, 2014

Happy belated fourth birthday, ACA. We totally didn't forget. Apologies for not mentioning it earlier, but everyone is a little busy right now. If not, they should be.

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Covered CA March Board Meeting: 1 Million Enrolled

March 21, 2014

Covered California Board meetings have been fairly low key lately, focusing on enrollment updates in lieu of policy decisions. The big news to brag about from this month: more than 1 million people have enrolled in Covered California plans, as of March 14. Nationally, more than 5…

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The Final Countdown: Can We Enroll 7 Million?

March 12, 2014

It’s that time again – we’ve got data on California’s enrollment through the end of February. A total of 868,936 people have enrolled in Covered California, with 88% receiving premium assistance. In Medi-Cal, 1,136,000 individuals were determined eligible, a figure that does…

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Twenty Days To Go

March 11, 2014

March 10, 2014   Dear friends and colleagues,   Just to share with you my thoughts on some of the latest news and information about the Affordable Care Act. Open enrollment for the Exchanges will close for this year on March 31. There are only 20 days left to get coverage…

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Uninsured Rate Down in 2014

March 10, 2014

Results from a national poll show that the rate of adults without health insurance declined from 17.1% in late 2013 to 15.9% so far in 2014. This decline is equivalent to approximately 3 million people newly covered, at least in part due to the new coverage options available under…

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Results From Massachusetts: Can the ACA Improve Personal Finances?

March 7, 2014

A new study conducted by the Federal Reserve of Chicago breaks down the impact of Massachusetts’ 2006 health reform on the financial outcomes of residents. The researchers compared credit scores, debt, and incidence of bankruptcy pre and post reform, and found that the protections…

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New ACA Rules for Allowing Individuals to Keep Plans, Limits on Out-of-Pocket Costs, and Next Exchange Open Enrollment

March 6, 2014

On Wednesday, the Obama Administration announced several new key rules and dates for ACA implementation. The rule that received the most attention was about allowing individuals to keep their existing plans in the private individual insurance market, known as "grandfathered plans," even…

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