Month: April 2015

California Still Leads the Way During Special Enrollment

April 29, 2015

Following the creation of a special enrollment period for individuals unaware of the tax penalties for being uninsured, over 33,000 people have signed up for healthcare via Covered California. At the end of the 2015 tax-filing season, many people learned that they would have to pay…

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Didn’t Know about the Obamacare Tax Penalty? Enroll in Covered California by April 30 to Avoid the Full Penalty.

April 27, 2015

Regular open enrollment may have ended for Covered California, but if you or someone you know wasn’t aware of the tax penalty for not having health coverage, you can still avoid the full penalty by enrolling by this Thursday, April 30. So, enroll now! While you won't be exempt…

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ITUP's Summary of The Kaiser Health Tracking Poll Findings

April 21, 2015

Today the Kaiser Family Foundation released its Kaiser Health Tracking Poll on public views of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Some of the findings include: About 43% like the ACA and 42% dislike it. 75% of Republicans dislike it and 70% of Democrats like it. Independents…

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Congratulations Congress!

April 15, 2015

The over 20% in Medicare rate reductions for physicians called for by the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) is repealed in legislation passing the House and Senate with overwhelming majorities. SGR sought to link the growth in Medicare provider reimbursement to the growth in the economy.…

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April 9, 2015

A REAL WHO DONE IT – Differing Perspectives on the Macro and Micro Economic Factors Affecting Healthcare Spending In depicting and forecasting trends, health economists correlate recent healthcare spending rate declines as intrinsically tied to the national economic downturn. From…

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LA County CEO Report Outlines Opportunities and Risks of Proposed Unified Health Agency

April 1, 2015

The Los Angeles County CEO’s office just released a report under the Board of Supervisors’ direction to explore the creation of a new unified health agency that would include the three County health departments, including Health Services (DHS), Mental Health (DMH), and Pubic…

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