Month: February 2016

Online Symposium: The New Health Care Industry

February 25, 2016

The health care industry has undergone significant transformation, one of the most notable aspects being a wave of mergers and acquisitions that have led to an increase in market consolidation (a topic that was featured at this year's ITUP conference). While the fact that these changes…

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Covered California January and February 2016 Board Meetings

February 24, 2016

Summary of 3rd Open Enrollment Open enrollment 3 (OE3) closed Sunday, January 31, 2016. Executive Director, Peter Lee, reported that 439,392 new signups occurred through February 6, 2016. Data from this third enrollment shows that consumers are shopping around and that the health…

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20th Annual Conference Materials Now Online

February 17, 2016

Materials from the 20th Annual ITUP Conference are now available! Session notes, presentations, related articles, and photos are now available on the Conference webpage. Conference Materials Thank you to all that attended the 20th Annual ITUP Conference! We hope you enjoyed it as…

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Opportunities for California Under Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act

February 16, 2016

ITUP's report, Opportunities for California Under Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act, is now available. California has made great progress implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with 6 million people newly enrolled in either Medi-Cal or Covered California since December…

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Love and the Health Plans: MCO Tax Proposal Imminent with Details to Follow

February 11, 2016

Love is in the air and the largest health plan association is not immune. Several media outlets are reporting that a new Managed Care Organization (MCO) tax is getting support from the California Association of Health Plans. Details of the new plan are not yet released, but it seems…

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Press Release: Insure the Uninsured Project Selects Deborah Kelch as New Executive Director

February 11, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA – Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP), a statewide policy institute focused on expanding and improving health care coverage in California, today announced the appointment of its new Executive Director, Deborah Reidy Kelch, M.P.P.A. of Elk Grove, CA. Howard Kahn,…

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Covered California: Consumers Still Have Through Feb. 6 to Finish Their Applications

February 5, 2016

From Covered California's website: SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With three days left for consumers to finish their applications for affordable, quality health care coverage through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Covered California announced that more than 425,000 consumers…

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Provider Market Power and Cost Containment

February 4, 2016

ITUP's report on the impacts of provider market power and healthcare cost containment, authored by Vishaal Pegany, is now available. While more individuals are covered by insurance, the rate of health care cost growth continues to outpace economic growth, resulting in higher premiums…

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ITUP Analysis and Summary of the §1115 Waiver Renewal

February 4, 2016

ITUP has prepared a six-part summary of California's Medi-Cal 2020 §1115 waiver, which went into effect at the beginning of 2016. The new waiver aims to build off of the successes of the Bridge to Reform waiver, which expired at the end of 2015. The analysis is freely available…

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§1115 Waiver Renewal Analysis: Global Payment Program (GPP)

February 4, 2016

This is part of an ITUP series on the Medi-Cal 2020 §1115 waiver renewal. Before the Medi-Cal 2020 waiver, the federal/local financing of care for the uninsured was anachronistic. It incentivizes treating uninsured individuals at the hospital emergency room (the most expensive…

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