Month: July 2015

San Francisco, The Spirit Of The Pioneers: Taking Steps To Improve Both Healthy San Francisco And The ACA

July 30, 2015

San Francisco is pioneering yet again. It’s proposing to modernize the “City Option” by creating a new Bridge to Coverage and expanding its Healthy San Francisco program for the remaining uninsured. Most city businesses either offer coverage to their employees or help pay for…

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Summary of Covered California Premiums for 2016

July 28, 2015

Covered California has announced its 2016 premiums. It reports that the over-all increase (weighted average, assuming purchasing patterns are the same as last year) is 4%. The average increase for the lowest priced bronze plans is 3.3%. The increase in premiums for the lowest priced…

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2015 Health Care Financing Report: Public Programs

July 23, 2015

Despite predictions otherwise, California continues to recover from the impacts of the Great Recession. The unemployment rate has decreased to 6.3%, reflecting an ongoing trend of job growth in the state. From April 2014 through April 2015, 457,300 jobs were created reflecting employment…

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Governor’s Special Session Managed Care Tax

July 21, 2015

The California legislature is working with the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to find a solution for a $1.1 billion dollar gap in funding needed for various expenditures under the Medi-Cal program (California’s Medicaid program), most pertinently In-Home Supportive Services…

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Gallup Poll Results – U.S. Uninsured Rate Falls to 11.4% in Second Quarter of 2015

July 16, 2015

The United States uninsured rate has fallen from 18% to 11.4% (a 36% decline) between the last quarter of 2013 and the second quarter of 2015 according to the recent Gallup and Healthways Tracking Poll. This is a phenomenal achievement in the face of sustained efforts to derail the…

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Behavioral and Physical Health Service Integration in California’s Safety Net: Six County Profiles

July 7, 2015

In the wake of the Affordable Care Act’s implementation, counties throughout the State continue to strive to meet the expectations set by the new law to better serve Medi-Cal beneficiaries. This includes providing more coordinated and integrated care that leads to improved service…

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