Month: March 2015

Long Waits Feared with Obamacare Fail to Materialize

March 27, 2015

Many consumers, healthcare providers, and other market observers feared that the increase in health coverage through Obamacare would cause access problems in the form of long waits for appointments and a lack of hospital beds. So far, it appears that this fear has generally not materialized.…

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March Covered California Board Meeting

March 27, 2015

Now that California’s second open enrollment has closed, it’s time to continue thinking about the future. During Covered California’s latest board meeting, there was a lot of discussion about the 2016 plan year and beyond. Below are the details from the March 5th board meeting. New…

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Risks vs. Outcomes: How Does Your County Measure Up?

March 26, 2015

How healthy is your county? How many years are lost to premature deaths? How frequently are babies born underweight? Does it do better than the state average? Better than the national average? What about wellness? Do residents have insurance? Can they find physicians when they…

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ITUP Summary of DHCS Waiver Renewal Concepts

March 25, 2015

The concept paper includes the following: Delivery System Transformation and Global Safety Net Payments for the Remaining Uninsured. Within the Delivery System Transformation are the following six sub-elements: managed care transformation, fee for service transformation, public safety…

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Medicaid Expansion Fights Back Against Diabetes

March 24, 2015

A newly released study suggests that states taking part in Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act are doing a significantly better job at identifying patients with undiagnosed diabetes. The study found that diabetes diagnosis rates among Medicaid rates increased over 10…

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Five Years Later: Building on the Successes of the Affordable Care Act

March 23, 2015

Today, the Affordable Care Act turned five. That is something to celebrate. In California, over 4.4 million individuals gained coverage under and the new Medi-Cal expansion, cutting the uninsured rate in half. Premiums have only risen at a slow rate, despite predictions that they…

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New Survey Explores Behavioral Health Needs and Preferences of Californians with Low Incomes

March 12, 2015

The Blue Shield of California Foundation just released the results of a recent survey report by Langer Research Associates that highlights the behavioral health experiences, needs, and attitudes of Californians with low incomes. The main findings are that many Californians with lower…

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Turnaround or Bust – How Jackson Health System Avoided (at least, so far) Drowning in Red Ink; a Fate Suffered a Decade Earlier by DC General

March 6, 2015

Having lived through the closure of one public health delivery system – DC General in the District of Columbia (DC) - I can easily say, Jackson Health System (JHS) in Miami’s transition certainly made it easier to sleep at night. Interesting enough, both transitions were stewarded…

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ACA Enrollment – The Epic Story of the Two Oranges

March 4, 2015

Reports from AP and others highlight Florida’s stunning CoveredCA enrollment fete. Despite State politics around Obamacare…or perhaps because of it – February 2015 reports indicate that Florida exceeded all other states in the number of individuals enrolled in ACA. Governing…

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King v. Burwell in the U.S. Supreme Court

March 2, 2015

The case is about individuals’ refundable tax credits that help pay for individuals’ health insurance in the 34 (37) states whose Exchanges are administered by the federal Department of Health and Human Services. There are about 8.6 million subscribers now enrolled – ranging…

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