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

November 7, 2017

By not acting before October 1 of this year, Congress allowed two critical health care safety net programs to expire. The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) 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 […]

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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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U.S. Senate Hearings Focus on Short-Term Market Stabilization Initiatives

September 11, 2017

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions held two hearings last week on stabilizing premiums and strengthening the individual insurance market for 2018. This blog summarizes key testimony from last week’s hearings highlighting areas of general agreement and some of the areas of possible disagreement.

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California Assembly Speaker Creates New Select Committee to focus on Health Care Reform

September 7, 2017

On August 25, 2017, Speaker of the California Assembly, Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), announced the formation of the new Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage. The committee, co-chaired by assembly members, Joaquin Arambula, MD (D-Fresno) and Jim Wood, DDS (D-Healdsburg) will hold investigative hearings during the legislative interim this fall. The Speaker’s […]

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Covered California 2018 Rates Complicated By Federal Uncertainty and Rural Challenges

August 24, 2017

This week, Covered California, California’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchange, announced preliminary 2018 premium rates for exchange health plan offerings. Health plan proposed rates are still subject to regulatory review by the state Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) and the California Department of Insurance (CDI). Covered California announced an average rate increase of 12.5 […]

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State Medicaid Agency Finds Staggering Losses for California Under U.S. Senate Bill

June 29, 2017

The magnitude of the state funding gap created by the BCRA threatens every part of the Medi-Cal program – provider payments, eligibility and benefits. The bill threatens California’s progress in reducing the uninsured and improving the health of Californians.

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U.S. Senate Discussion Draft Continues Path to Increasing the Uninsured

June 23, 2017

On June 22, 2017, Senate Republicans released a discussion draft of legislation that would undo key provisions of the ACA. The BCRA would slow the timeline for some changes to ACA, but includes deeper cuts to Medicaid.

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