ITUP Blog

Final Results of the 2017-18 Legislative Session

October 1, 2018

Governor Brown signed into law most of the health bills sent to him by the Legislature this year. This blog summarizes legislation by topics and actions taken by the Governor, Chaptered (signed) or Vetoed.

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Proposed Federal Rule on Immigrants and Public Charge

September 28, 2018

In late September 2018, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released a proposed rule to change the factors affecting a “public charge” determination for immigrants to the U.S. The proposed rule represents a dramatic shift in immigration policy and could prevent many low-income immigrants from reuniting with their families in the U.S.

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California’s Uninsured Rate is 7.2 Percent, According to New Census Data

September 13, 2018

A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows California continued to make progress in reducing the number of uninsured in 2017. Census Bureau figures show that between 2016 and 2017, the number dropped by 47,000, leaving 2.8 million uninsured, or 7.2 percent of the population.

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Health Bills Advance to the Governor’s Desk

September 4, 2018

Friday was the deadline for the California Legislature to pass legislation for the 2017-18 legislative cycle. The Assembly and Senate passed the following health bills; the Governor has until September 30 to act on the bills.

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New Report Highlights Continued Strength of Community Health Centers Under the Affordable Care Act

September 4, 2018

More than four years into implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), community health centers continue to play a prominent role in connecting consumers with health coverage despite recent federal reductions in ACA advertising funding, diminishing support for navigators, and a shortened open enrollment period.

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The Legislature Fails to Advance Coverage for California’s Remaining Uninsured

August 17, 2018

On August 16, 2018, the California Legislature ended 2018 legislative efforts to expand coverage and increase affordability with multiple bills stalling in the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees.  

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Covered California Premiums for 2019 Increase Amid Concerns that Federal Efforts to Weaken the Affordable Care Act Are Having an Impact

July 25, 2018

Last week, Covered California announced preliminary health plan premium rates for the 2019 coverage year and suggested that federal action to weaken the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may have yielded higher rates than might have otherwise been expected. Subject to approval by state regulators, Covered California 2019 individual market rates will increase on average 8.7 percent.

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California Legislature Passes State Budget for 2018-19

June 15, 2018

The 2018-19 fiscal year (FY) budget passed by the Legislature increases state funding for higher education, child care, and social service programs for low-income and homeless Californians. While the Senate and Assembly versions of the budget included multiple augmentations aimed at covering specific subgroups of the remaining uninsured, the final budget compromise left all of them unfunded.

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