Month: June 2014

State Budget Funds New Primary Care Residencies

June 30, 2014

In the recently approved state budget, Governor Jerry Brown and the Legislature took an important step to help recruit and retain the primary care workforce in underserved areas. As mentioned in a previous blog, the state budget plan appropriates $136.7 billion to Health and Human…

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June 27, 2014

Even though half of the 32 World Cup finalists have already been eliminated, that will not stop this health nerd from spending too much time with the World Health Organization’s world health statistics in determining arbitrary winners and losers in cherry-picked statistics (because…

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California Payment Reform and Transparency Projects Pick up Momentum

June 25, 2014

Last week, the California Department of Insurance (CDI) announced that it would form a partnership with UCSF researchers to build a database of price and quality information to help health care consumers make informed choices about health care providers in the different regions of…

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Governor Brown Signs State Budget

June 23, 2014

Governor Jerry Brown signed the state budget for FY 2014-15 on Friday, appropriating $136.7 billion to Health and Human Services. Most health items were relatively unchanged from the May Revise, with a few exceptions. Here are a few highlights of the budget and changes from previous…

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Covered California June Board Meeting

June 20, 2014

Yesterday was our favorite day of the month – the Covered California Board meeting (not joking – we’re very nerdy). There was plenty to discuss this month in preparation for the upcoming open enrollment. Here are the highlights. 2015 Plan Year Contra Costa Health Plan will…

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, 2014 Update

June 18, 2014

The Commonwealth Fund has recently released its 2014 update comparing the performance of the United States health system to ten other developed countries. The comparative data predates the implementation of most coverage expansion provisions of the Affordable Care Act so the U.S.…

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CA Turns Down Medi-Cal Enrollment Funds

June 17, 2014

On Sunday the State Legislature passed a budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year. We’ll have the details of the final enacted budget once Governor Brown signs it (some line items could be vetoed), but in the meantime we want to focus on a somewhat shocking budget item that was added…

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CalSIM: More Californians Covered Sooner

June 9, 2014

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the UC Berkeley Labor Center recently released an updated version of the California Simulation of Insurance Markets (CalSIM) estimates of insurance coverage from 2015 to 2019. Compared to estimates from March 2013, CalSIM version 1.9…

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National Uninsured Rate Drops to 13.4%

June 5, 2014

A Gallup poll conducted in April and May revealed that the national uninsured rate has decreased significantly from pre-ACA levels, down to 13.4% of Americans, compared to 16.8% to 18% in 2013. This rate is the lowest recorded by Gallup, since the poll originated in 2008. The national…

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Summary of Pregnancy Coverage Trailer Bill

June 4, 2014

The Governor’s budget proposes offering premium assistance, cost-sharing assistance, and wraparound coverage to pregnant women who enroll in Covered California in lieu of pregnancy-only Medi-Cal. The following is a summary of the trailer bill (Health & Human Services, 602) implementing…

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