Month: September 2014

Navigating the Narrows

September 25, 2014

With the rollout of Covered California, we have seen a great deal of success with enrollment exceeding expectations, and many enrollees are now enjoying new access to health services and greater financial security. However, now that more than 1.4 million individuals have enrolled…

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Covered California September Board Meeting

September 22, 2014

This month’s board meeting jam packed a lot of material and somehow got out early. Here are the take-homes: Verifications About half of the individuals who received notices to verify their immigration/citizenship states have successfully done so. Covered California will continue…

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Unfinished Business: An All Payer Claims Database

September 16, 2014

The 2014 legislative session ended on August 31, and one piece of legislation that we had been watching closely was AB 1558 (DeLeon). The bill would establish an All Payer Claims Database (APCD) in California by requesting that the University of California establish a dataset that…

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Newsflash: The Sky is Not Falling

September 11, 2014

The annual survey of employer health benefits by the Kaiser Family Foundation for 2014 reports the following: The average premium for employee only coverage increased 2%; the average premium for family coverage increased 3%, and the average worker’s wages increased by 2.3%. Covered…

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Will Local Hospitals Survive Cuts to Funding for Indigent Care Programs?

September 8, 2014

Since the beginning of 2013, twenty-four rural hospitals have closed across the country, and many observers believe that more closures will occur. They blame this on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA aims to extend coverage to the most vulnerable populations by offering states…

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A Step in the Right Direction

September 4, 2014

Governor Tom Corbett has made a big step in the right direction with approval of Pennsylvania’s Medicaid expansion, dubbed Healthy Pennsylvania (PA). Estimates suggest between 300,000 to 500,000 individuals will now be eligible for health insurance. Since Healthy PA is not traditional…

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