Month: April 2014

The Tragedy of Prison Health Care in California: An Extended Timeline

April 22, 2014

While the Affordable Care Act has ensured that millions of Californians have access to affordable, quality health care, the same cannot be said for California’s prison and county jail inmates.  This timeline chronicles the fraught history of the state’s prison health care system,…

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Covered California April Board Meeting

April 21, 2014

Fresh off of last week’s enrollment announcement (1.4 million in Covered California! 1.9 million in Medi-Cal!), the Board of Covered California met to discuss the first open enrollment period and preparing for round two. Here’s a review of the take-aways. Enrollment Covered…

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New York and Florida Seek to Extend 1115 Medicaid Waivers

April 21, 2014

New York and Florida are both in the process of extending 1115 Medicaid waivers to seek ways to better meet the health needs of their residents. These states both have very large Medicaid programs with ongoing waivers that test experimental approaches to improve their health systems On…

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4.1 Million in ACA Coverage in CA

April 17, 2014

Covered California announced the final enrollment tally for the first open enrollment period today: Nearly 1.4 million people enrolled in private plans through Covered California, 1.9 million enrolled in Medi-Cal, and an additional 800,000 people are pending enrollment in Medi-Cal.…

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7.5 Million People Insured, But Will They Stay Insured?

April 17, 2014

  Does our success with enrolling Americans into state and federal health exchanges prove the actual success of the health care law? According to Julie Rovner with NPR, there are bigger questions to ask before we can give a true answer to this question. Before judging the success…

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Enrollment Numbers Get an Unexpected Boost

April 15, 2014

The Affordable Care Act’s Exchanges were deemed a success with the enrollment of 7.5 million individuals, a figure that surpassed initial projections. However, these numbers only include individuals that purchased insurance through federal and state health exchanges, and it does…

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Obamacare exceeds projections once again

April 14, 2014

Obamacare continues to exceed expectations. In a report released today, the Congressional Budget Office projected even lower net costs to the federal government than was projected last month. New projections put net costs at $36 billion for 2014 and $1,383 billion over a ten-year…

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Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

April 11, 2014

I think we should remember Secretary Sebelius for her results: over 7.5 million enrolled in the Exchanges in the first six months, coverage for young adults through their parents, very slow rise in health care costs, extending the viability and improving the performance of Medicare,…

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Congratulations, Californians

April 9, 2014

It appears as if we have at least 3.2 million newly enrolled in Medi-Cal (2 million) and Covered California (1.2 million). Another 500,000 Californians began their applications before the March 31 deadline and have until April 15 to complete them. These are phenomenal numbers in just…

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Over 7 Million Enrolled in Exchanges

April 2, 2014

In case you haven’t heard, 7.04 million individuals enrolled in plans through the Exchanges upon the close of open enrollment on Monday. This figure exceeds the Congressional Budget Office’s projections (both the original and revised) and has been widely touted as an indicator…

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