Month: June 2015

Monopolistic Profiteering? Market Failures?

June 26, 2015

For the last 5 years since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, health care costs have been under control; per capita spending in Medicare has shown very slow growth, same with Medicaid and recently most private insurance. There have been debates about causation; some suggest the…

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Supreme Court Upholds the Refundable Tax Credits/Premium Subsidies For Federal Exchanges

June 25, 2015

In a 6-3 decision authored by Chief Justice Roberts, the Supreme Court upheld the premium assistance provisions of the Affordable Care Act for federally operated Exchanges. The court introduced the issues at stake as follows: “the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act adopts…

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Congratulations to Governor Brown, Senator Ricardo Lara and the State’s Legislative Leadership

June 24, 2015

Governor Jerry Brown signs $167 billion state budget with significantly increased funding for schools and $40 million for Medi-Cal coverage for immigrant children beginning by May 2016. Up to 170,000 children may qualify and the state will achieve near universal children’s coverage.…

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ITUP Summary of Findings from the National Health Insurance Survey

June 23, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control, National Center for Health Statistics released its 2014 survey results on health insurance status for the nation. Thirty-six million (11.5% of the nation’s residents) were uninsured at the time of their interview. The nation’s rate of uninsurance…

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ITUP's Summary of "Coverage Expansions and the Remaining Uninsured"

June 16, 2015

Coverage Expansions and the Remaining Uninsured: a Look at California During Year One of ACA Implementation (Kaiser Family Foundation, May 2015) is an excellent overview of the impacts of the Medicaid (Medi-Cal) and Covered California expansions. This is the report on Year 1. The…

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Care, Coverage and Financing for Southern California's Remaining Uninsured

June 15, 2015

In this paper we look at six Southern California counties, their implementation of the Affordable Care Act and care and financing for the remaining uninsured in the local safety nets. The landscape has changed swiftly and dramatically from large numbers of uninsured seeking care in…

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New Study Emphasizes the Value of Medi-Cal Adult Dental Benefits

June 11, 2015

A new study from researchers at the University of Iowa examined the effect of the 2009 elimination of Medi-Cal adult dental benefits on service utilization and cost. Adult dental benefits are an optional benefit in Medicaid, and many states have eliminated or reduced these benefits…

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New White House Report Highlights Benefits for Medicaid Expansion States

June 8, 2015

  A new report from the White House outlines the major benefits of the Medicaid expansion for the states that opted to extend the new ACA coverage. The paper marshals the best available data and evidence, and highlights improved access to care, better health outcomes and longer…

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Narrow Networks Not Necessarily an Impediment to Care

June 8, 2015

A recent study in Health Affairs finds that although health plans from California’s state-operated health exchange Covered California have narrower networks than their private commercial counterparts, they still have comparable hospital access and in some cases, higher hospital…

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