Update: California Coverage and Access Legislation

April 27, 2018

The California Legislature this week completed the first round of policy committee hearings for 2018. This year, legislators are considering multiple bills to expand coverage, improve affordability of coverage and ensure access in underserved communities.

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New CMS Data on ACA Marketplace Enrollment Shows Covered California Stays the Course

April 6, 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released 2018 enrollment data for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces, easing fears that enrollment would drop significantly because of federal legislative and administrative efforts to undermine the ACA.

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Stabilizing the Individual Market after Federal Efforts Stall

March 28, 2018

With federal efforts falling short, California is considering proposals to bolster the state’s marketplace and reduce anticipated increases in premiums. Read this blog post for more information and summaries of federal legislative proposals.

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2017-18 Legislative Session Bills in California

March 12, 2018

The deadline for introducing legislation in the second year of the 2017-18 legislative session was last month. Health Committees in both houses begin bill hearings this week on 2018 bills and on two-year bills that remain eligible for action.

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Recent Federal Budget Actions Affect Health Care Programs

February 15, 2018

In recent weeks, Congress passed another in a series of short-term budget resolutions for the 2018 Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) and the President announced his blueprint for the 2019 FFY budget. Both contain important health care provisions with real and potential impacts for health care and coverage in California.

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Health Care Reform:
2017 Year-In-Review

January 7, 2018

Because California embraced the opportunities available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 2017 began and ended with California reaching historic low rates of uninsured. The timeline below reviews notable health reform events for 2017 and includes links to source documents and related ITUP publications.

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Tax Reform, the Individual Mandate, and the Vulnerability of the Individual Market in California

December 6, 2017

Although Congressional efforts to repeal or rollback the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have failed to date, the just-passed Republican-controlled U.S. Senate tax bill (House Resolution 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) includes a provision that is very likely to undermine ACA implementation in California.

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The Clock is Ticking – Will Congress Act Before 1.3 Million Children and Pregnant Women Lose Coverage in California?

November 29, 2017

Congress allowed the CHIP to expire on September 30, 2017, putting in jeopardy coverage for approximately 1.3 million children and pregnant women in California. CHIP is a health coverage program for low- and moderate-income children and pregnant women jointly funded by states and the federal government.

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