ITUP Blog

Covered California June 2016 Board Meeting

June 27, 2016

Covered California board members met on June 16, 2016. Executive Director Peter Lee updated board members on the Section 1332 State Innovation waiver and Covered California for Small Business enrollment numbers. Board members also approved a revised Covered California $320 million budget and approved modifications to the high deductible health plan standard benefit designs. Finally, […]

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In the Lead-up to Medi-Cal for Undocumented Children, California’s Community Health Centers Weigh-In

June 7, 2016

California’s community clinics and health centers (CCHCs) highlight early challenges and successes in enrolling eligible children in a recent issue brief by Pacific Health Consulting Group (PHCG) with support from the Blue Shield of California Foundation.

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May 2016 Legislative Summary

May 24, 2016

Dozens of health care bills have been moving through the California Legislature in the second half of the 2015-16 legislative session. As of this writing, many of the bills are on temporary hold in the Suspense files of the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committee pending further action. The two fiscal committees tag bills with state […]

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Covered California May 2016 Board Meeting

May 23, 2016

The Covered California Board of Directors met on May 12, 2016 in Sacramento. Covered California presented their proposed 2016-17 budget and associated program changes, including a health plan assessment level of 4% for the individual market and 5.2% for the small business market, the closing of the Contra Costa Public Service Center, and a reduction […]

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Medi-Cal For All Children Goes Live Today

May 16, 2016

On Friday May 13, 2016, the state Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) notified the Department of Finance that all systems are go to implement SB 75 (Medi-Cal for All Children) today. The Medi-Cal for All Children Expansion means that low-income undocumented children will, for the first time, be eligible for full-scope Medi-Cal. Approximately 185,000 newly […]

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Children's Health Insurance Coverage: 4 California Stats

May 5, 2016

In light of the upcoming Medi-Cal expansion for undocumented children on May 16, ITUP continues to put a spotlight on children’s health insurance coverage during this historic month. In February of this year, the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) released a new report, “State Level Trends in Children’s Health Insurance Coverage.” SHADAC, a program of […]

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Coverage for All Children Approaches: Health4All Kids Webinar Breaks It Down

April 29, 2016

The Children’s Partnership joined with partner organizations (see Figure 1 below) to host a “Health4All Kids” webinar on the upcoming Medi-Cal coverage expansion for undocumented children. The webinar highlighted key facts about the expansion, the implementation process, the opportunities and challenges, and the new health4allkids.org toolkit to assist communities in preparing for a smooth transition. […]

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Marketplaces and Medicaid Enrollment: Highlights from The Commonwealth Fund's New Issue Brief

April 21, 2016

Last week The Commonwealth Fund published a new issue brief on the role of health insurance marketplaces in Medicaid enrollment. ITUP took a closer look, broke down some of the key takeaways, and outlined what’s true for California. Background Under the ACA, states that have a state-based marketplace (SBM) must enable their marketplace to make final Medicaid eligibility determinations. But states […]

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