ITUP Blog

Covered California April 2016 Board Meeting

April 20, 2016

The Covered California Board of Directors met on April 7, 2016 in Sacramento. The agenda included Covered California’s analysis and recommendations for a Section 1332 Affordable Care Act (ACA) waiver in California, proposed revisions to Covered California’s qualified health plan (QHP) contracts, changes to the standard benefit designs for 2017, revised policies related to special […]

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Hospital Data – OSHPD 2014

April 6, 2016

Below are detailed excel sheets of the 2014 Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) hospital utilization and financial data. As 2014 marks the start of ACA implementation, the data is a good measure of the changes that took place as a result of the law. Hospitals were analyzed by region, as well as by type. […]

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Reflections on the 6th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

March 23, 2016

Today we mark six years since passage of the landmark federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). This is an important opportunity to take time and acknowledge our collective efforts to embrace and fully implement the ACA and its coverage expansions. ACA implementation has essentially cut in half the number of uninsured Californians. More than 13 million […]

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2015 Workgroup Summaries

March 8, 2016

ITUP conducts a series of regional and statewide issue workgroups every year and provides executive summaries of all proceedings. These summaries provide an overview of the main topics of discussion, ranging from local enrollment success and challenges, local reform initiatives, and developing issues that stakeholders are grappling with. Regional Workgroups North Central Regional Workgroup Executive […]

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Online Symposium: The New Health Care Industry

February 25, 2016

The health care industry has undergone significant transformation, one of the most notable aspects being a wave of mergers and acquisitions that have led to an increase in market consolidation (a topic that was featured at this year’s ITUP conference). While the fact that these changes are happening is indisputable, it remains an area of […]

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Covered California January and February 2016 Board Meetings

February 24, 2016

Summary of 3rd Open Enrollment Open enrollment 3 (OE3) closed Sunday, January 31, 2016. Executive Director, Peter Lee, reported that 439,392 new signups occurred through February 6, 2016. Data from this third enrollment shows that consumers are shopping around and that the health plans with the lowest prices end up with the bulk of the […]

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Opportunities for California Under Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act

February 16, 2016

ITUP’s report, Opportunities for California Under Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act, is now available. California has made great progress implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with 6 million people newly enrolled in either Medi-Cal or Covered California since December 2013. The state strives to improve the quality, outcomes and effectiveness of care and […]

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Love and the Health Plans: MCO Tax Proposal Imminent with Details to Follow

February 11, 2016

Love is in the air and the largest health plan association is not immune. Several media outlets are reporting that a new Managed Care Organization (MCO) tax is getting support from the California Association of Health Plans. Details of the new plan are not yet released, but it seems as though the insurance companies will […]

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