Author Archive | Tam Ma

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Justice Department Sues to Block 2 Big Health Insurance Mergers

Good news for health consumers! Last week, the US Justice Department (USDOJ) announced it is suing to block the Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana mergers, which have been under intense scrutiny by regulators and consumer advocates. The suits allege these deals violate antitrust laws and will harm consumers, seniors, working families and individuals, and employers and healthcare […]

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#CABudget Conference Committee Conferees Announced

Assembly Speaker Rendon and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León have announced their appointments to the 10-member Budget Conference Committee, which reconciles differences between the budgets passed by the two houses. Assemblymember Ting will serve as chair of the Conference Committee this year, and he will be joined by Assemblymembers Richard Bloom, Lorena Gonzalez, […]

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Budget Subcommittees Review DHCS and DMHC budget items

Last week, the Legislature’s budget subcommittees on health and human services held hearings on the budgets for the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC). Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 (March 14, 2016) The agenda, which includes details about each item heard, can be accessed here. Health Access […]

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Legislature Holds Informational Hearings on MCO Tax

Today, the Legislature’s special session Committees on Public Health and Developmental Services each held informational hearings on the Administration’s proposed Managed Care Organization (MCO) tax. The hearings were held to help legislators and the public understand the proposal and no votes were taken today. The Administration’s MCO tax proposal is reflected in AB 2x-20 (Bonta) […]

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Attorney General Approves Daughters of Charity Hospital Deal, with Key Conditions

Yesterday afternoon, California Attorney General Kamala Harris approved the restructuring and support agreement between six Daughters of Charity Health System hospitals and BlueMountain Capital Management. The Attorney General’s approval includes significant conditions that keep key services open for 10 years, ensuring charity care levels at historical levels, and $180 million in capital improvements. Health Access […]

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Blue Shield – Care1st Merger Approved With Conditions

Yesterday, the Department of Managed Health Care announced that it approved Blue Shield of California’s acquisition of Care1st, a Medi-Cal (Medicaid) managed care plan with 500,000 Southern California patients–the largest health plan transaction in nearly a decade. In the months leading up to yesterday’s approval, Health Access and other health care consumer groups, including Consumers […]

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New Field Poll Shows Strong Support for ACA and Health Access Policy Priorities, Including #Health4All

The 2015 Cal Wellness-Field Health Policy Survey shows California voters strongly support the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its implementation in California. Some highlights: Strong support for the ACA: 62% now support the ACA, outnumbering opponents (33%) nearly two to one. For the first time, majorities of voters living in all regions of the state, […]

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Special Session on Healthcare – Informational Hearings

This week, the Legislature held two informational hearings as part of the 2015-16 Second Extraordinary Session on healthcare. These hearings were convened to help lawmakers, and the public, understand approaches to structuring a Managed Care Organization (MCO) tax and the state of Medi-Cal funding more broadly. The current MCO tax only applies to health plans […]

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