Month: November 2015

California's §1115 Waiver Renewal

November 25, 2015

California’s §1115 waiver recently expired on October 31, 2015, and HHS granted a temporary extension of the waiver until December 31, 2015.  On October 31, 2015, DHCS and CMS announced a conceptual agreement that outlines the major components of the waiver renewal. There are…

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Helpful Reports on Transitioning Undocumented Children to Medi-Cal

November 23, 2015

The implementation of SB 75, the bill that allows undocumented children to be enrolled in Medi-Cal, is a big step for California’s #Health4All campaign championed by many health care advocates in the State, but there are many logistical details that must be worked out in order to…

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ITUP's Summary of the Kaiser Family Foundation's National Employer Health Benefits Survey

November 18, 2015

Premiums increased by 4%; offer rates and take up rates did not change; worker’s wages increased by 2% and inflation fell by 0.2% between 2014 and 2015. Some employers (4%) reduced full time workers to part time while others (10%) increased part time workers to full time. Workers…

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ITUP's Summary of the California HealthCare Foundation's California Employer Health Benefits Survey

November 18, 2015

Employer offer rates have declined from 69% to 58% in California from 2000 to 2014 – a slightly better performance than the national average. 48% of very small (3-9 employees) California businesses offer coverage; 71% of small (10-49) employers offer coverage; 87% of mid sized…

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Impressions from the Covered California Bus Tour — the Central Valley and Central Coast

November 17, 2015

The first stop was the Fresno Call Center, one of the three California call centers, where about 450 people work during the Open Enrollment. They handle about 14,000 calls a day from all over the state; they peak at over 20,000 calls. Five of the staff travelled on the bus with us…

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Summary of WalletHub article, “2015’s Rates of Uninsured by State Before & After Obamacare"

November 11, 2015

Using data from the US Census Bureau, WalletHub measured the uninsured rates, after the implementation of the Affordable Care act, in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  Rates have been broken down to state levels. Commentary and methodology can be found here. In addition…

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Today’s Challenges in Trying To Get to Health Information Transparency For Patients

November 6, 2015

ITUP's report, Today’s Challenges in Trying To Get to Health Information Transparency For Patients, takes a close look at the challenges patients face in trying to get information on the costs and outcomes of their medical procedures. Legislatures, public programs, and the private…

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Obamacare 301: Essential Updates Before Open Enrollment

November 6, 2015

In order to prepare enrollers for the third Covered California open enrollment, which runs from November 1st, 2015 to January 31st, 2016, ITUP has prepared a presentation that outlines key aspects of ACA reforms and other important health coverage topics including: Medi-Cal Expansion Insurance…

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Home is Where the Coverage Starts: Covered California Inland Empire Bus Tour

November 4, 2015

Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP) was invited to once again participate in the Covered California bus tour during this third (!) open enrollment season. Several ITUP employees have decided to hop on the bus to spread the word about Covered California, its new plan carriers, and…

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California §1115 Waiver Renewal Highlights

November 2, 2015

In an email to stakeholders, the California Department of Healthcare Services announced that a conceptual agreement around the major components of the §1115 Medicaid waiver renewal has been reached with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and that the State's existing…

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