Covered California Announces 2019 Enrollment

February 1, 2019

This week, Covered California, California’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace, announced the results of the 2019 open enrollment season. Early analysis shows strong renewal rates but a significant drop in new enrollment. This blog highlights potential causes of the drop and its implications.

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Governor Newsom’s First Budget: Health Care Highlights

January 11, 2019

In his first act as Governor of California, Gavin Newsom announced executive actions and budget proposals to expand health coverage and improve affordability, signaling health care as one of his top priorities. This blog highlights health care items in the Governor’s proposed budget.

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ITUP 2018 A Year-In-Review

January 9, 2019

The past year began and ended with ongoing federal efforts to invalidate or dismantle the Affordable Care Act contrasted with California’s continuing efforts to expand coverage and improve health care. These starkly different approaches at the state and federal level are outlined in the ITUP 2018 Year-In Review and the accompanying Summary of 2018 Federal Rulemaking.

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ITUP Issues Comments on Public Charge

December 4, 2018

In comments addressed to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP) expressed deep concern with the proposed rule on public charge and urged DHS to withdraw the proposal.

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New Projections Estimate the Uninsured will Rise in California

November 28, 2018

In the years since implementation of the Affordable Care Act California made steady progress in reducing the number of uninsured in the state. According to newly released projections, this pattern is unlikely to continue without state policy intervention.

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New Data Reveals that Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Health Coverage are Narrowing Under the Affordable Care Act

October 31, 2018

According to newly released California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) 2017 data, disparities in health care coverage across race and ethnic subgroups have narrowed with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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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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