Month: July 2014

ObamaCare 201 Trainings

July 28, 2014

ITUP hosted a series of educational trainings entitled ObamaCare 201: Essential Updates Before Open Enrollment, the second set of sessions on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This series of trainings explained everything there is to know about insurance and coverage under the ACA, discussed…

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Proposition 45

July 28, 2014

The ongoing debate of insurance rate review will finally be in the hands of the voters come November 4 when the Insurance Rate Public Justification and Accountability Act, or Proposition 45, will be on the ballot. If approved, the measure would require health insurance companies to…

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New York’s New DSRIP Waiver & What It Could Mean in California UPDATED

July 23, 2014

New York state and CMS signed a new DSRIP waiver in April 2014. The goals are transforming the state’s health care system, bending the Medicaid cost curve and assuring quality care for all Medicaid members. The waiver puts an emphasis on transformation of the safety net, cost reduction…

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Creative Innovations in Oral Health Care

July 18, 2014

During a time when many in health policy stakeholders are emphasizing health integration and whole-person care, it is surprising that dental care is not more often a part of this discussion. There has been an overwhelming amount of chatter regarding workforce shortages and how to…

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Expanding Primary Care Through Nurse Practitioners

July 15, 2014

A soon-to-be implemented law in Kentucky alters the flexibility and scope of practice of nurse practitioners, allowing them to prescribe drugs (except those that are at high risk for abuse) without physician oversight after four years of direct supervision. This shift aims to mitigate…

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Nine months later, what impact has the ACA had on California’s uninsured?

July 10, 2014

Nine months ago millions of Americans gained access to health care coverage through Medicaid programs and health insurance exchanges. Millions of Americans also endured the technical glitches, remained persistent, and completed the application process. Today we learned from a Commonwealth…

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Is Florida Showing Us the Future of Behavioral Health Care in Medicaid?

July 8, 2014

This month Florida began offering its Medicaid beneficiaries with serious mental illnesses a choice to enroll in a special comprehensive and integrated managed care plan that coordinates physical and mental health services. The move could be a big deal for people in Medicaid who have…

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The Stuff They Didn’t Tell You #CivilRightsActOf1964

July 2, 2014

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As an African American woman enjoying her civil liberties in this melting pot known as America, I consider it an honor to help us all remember this important day. Well, not really. I mean, not really in the way that…

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Summary and Analysis of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby 573 US — (2014)

July 1, 2014

The Supreme Court held yesterday that a family owned for-profit corporation could invoke the Religious Freedom Act to claim an exemption from offering coverage of contraceptive services to their employees The Affordable Care Act requires large employers and those small employers…

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