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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House Bill Sets the Stage to Reauthorize Key Safety-Net Programs

November 7, 2017

By not acting before October 1, Congress allowed two critical health care safety net programs to expire. The Children’s Health Insurance Program provides health coverage for low- and moderate-income children and pregnant women. The federal 330 Health Center Grant Program provides annual grants to community health centers for health care services provided to uninsured and underserved populations.

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One of these things is not like the others – Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment underway in California

November 4, 2017

What is most striking about open enrollment in California is that success here in implementing the ACA means that California consumers will have better options, and fewer negative consequences, than consumers seeking coverage through the federal exchange and many other state exchanges.

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Congressional Failure to Extend Critical Health Programs Threatens Access to Care in California

October 4, 2017

While Congress failed to pass legislation that would “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by the September 30 deadline, the dominance of repeal efforts in the preceeding weeks resulted in two critical health care programs expiring September 30, 2017.

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