Author Archive | Judi Hilman

The ACA Turns 6: Reflections from California for the 2016 Presidential Election Year

The Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature achievement, turns six today, March 23, in the heat of the most contentious and divisive presidential campaigns in recent memory. In the presidential race we see the usual partisan divide with the Democrats wanting to either build on it (Clinton) or move to single-payer health care (Sanders), and the […]

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Health Reform 2.0: California Starts Sec. 1332 Waiver Discussions

As part of California’s ongoing efforts to implement and improve upon health reform, last Tuesday Covered California and the California Department of Health Care Services convened an exploratory discussion of options for California under Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act (see the panelists’ slide deck and all materials here). Under Section 1332, states may seek […]

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DHCS Stakeholder Advisory Committee Digs Deeper into Medi-Cal 2020 Waiver, SB 75 Implementation (Health4Kids), and Other Care Transformation Initiatives

This blog was written by Tam M. Ma (Policy Counsel) and Judi Hilman (Director of Special Projects) DHCS held its quarterly Stakeholder Advisory Committee today, the first time since California’s Medi-Cal 2020 waiver was approved at the end of December, covering a range of topics, including the waiver renewal, SB 75 implementation of Health for […]

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Covered CA Board Takes Big Steps on Standardized Benefit Design and Quality/Equity Measures; Considers New Barriers to Special Enrollment

Thursday’s Covered California Board meeting, the first since the last day of open enrollment 2013, offered a deep dive on the standardized benefit designs and the quality/equity framework that will guide contracting with insurers for the next 3-year cycle (2017-2019), and a heated discussion about the new documentation requirements that insurers are calling for to qualify […]

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Health Access CA Discussion Paper: Options and Opportunities for California under Section 1332 of the ACA

Covered California is collaborating with the California Department of Health Care Services to explore options for California under Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act (see Covered CA’s slide deck from last month’s informational webinar). Under Section 1332, states may seek a waiver from the federal government to pursue innovative approaches to achieve the primary […]

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Covered CA Unveils Next Stage of Delivery System Reform: Highlights from January 21, 2016 Board Meeting

Thursday’s Covered CA Board meeting featured an overview of certification parameters for Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) to be offered in 2017, proposed changes in benefit design, and new data-driven initiatives to improve quality and equity over time. As Governor Brown said proudly in his State of the State address earlier that day, California has “wholeheartedly […]

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Prescription Costs Transparency Bill Fails in Assembly Health Committee, But Fight Continues

Earlier today the California Assembly Health Committee failed to pass AB 463 (Chiu), a bill introduced last session that would have required greater transparency around the pricing of high-cost medications. Bill author David Chiu pulled the bill because he did not have enough votes, like last year, to get it through committee.  But, as he […]

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Federal Officials Approve New “Medi-Cal 2020” Waiver Renewal

Earlier today the U.S. Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) officially approved California’s “Medi-Cal 2020” waiver renewal for the next five years, providing new resources and new flexibility to deliver better care for the millions of low-income Californians who rely on Medi-Cal for their health coverage. The new waiver also includes support for a […]

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Health Reform Had a Big Year-Your #GivingTuesday Donation Can Make More Progress

Dear Friends: As we look back on a landmark year of real results for California’s health care consumers, we invite you to invest this “Giving Tuesday” in our ongoing work on health reform and more (donate now).  Health Access has had a remarkable year achieving important victories—from new patient protection legislation for accurate provider directories […]

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Covered CA Board Meeting November 19, 2015: Highlights for Consumer Advocates

This week’s Covered California Board meeting, the last for 2015, focused on the Covered CA bus tour and related OE3 campaigns; early results from Open Enrollment 3 or OE3; how the Section 1332 waiver (an option within the Affordable Care Act to waive certain ACA provisions to demonstrate a new principle or model at the […]

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