Author Archive | Tam Ma

Close-up on AB 533 (Bonta): Protecting Consumers from Surprise Medical Bills

Consumers know they can save money and limit their out-of-pocket costs by going to an in-network provider.  Too often, however, consumers who do the right thing by going to an in-network hospital or facility end up getting a surprise bill by a doctor who turns out not to be in-network. According to a recent survey […]

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Legislature Passes 2015-16 Budget; Negotiations with Governor Continue

The Legislature voted to pass (Assembly vote- 53-28; Senate vote- 26-13, both along party lines) an on-time budget that includes critical investments in health and human services programs beyond what the Governor proposed in his initial budget and in the May Revision. The Legislature’s proposed augmentations to health items include restoring Medi-Cal benefits that had […]

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Budget Conference Committee Closes Out on Health Issues

The Budget Conference Committee met this afternoon to take final action on items on the health agenda. Health advocates were pleased the actions taken to restore some benefits, improve provider rates, extend coverage to undocumented kids and lay the groundwork for covering adults, and invest in critical public health programs. The actions taken today represent agreements […]

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Budget Subcommittees Act to Restore Services and Expand Access to Medi-Cal

The Senate and Assembly Budget Subcommittees on Health and Human Services met this morning to take final actions on the Governor’s proposed budget and trailer bills and advocates’ proposals for augmentations and restorations. The full budget committees for both houses will be meeting in the coming days to act on subcommittee actions. We expect budget […]

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Budget Subcommittee Hearings on May Revision

The Senate and Assembly Budget Subcommittees on Health and Human Services held the first of two hearings on the Governor’s May Revision on Monday, May 18. These hearings follow dozens of hearings that were held the past couple months on the Governor’s January budget proposal and proposals for reinvestment. See the Senate and Assembly subcommittee agendas for details about […]

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State Budget Preview: Key Investments Still Needed

The annual state budget process, which began in January, comes into focus later this week when the Governor releases the May Revision of his proposed 2015-16 budget. Health and community advocates are urging the Governor and the Legislature to include funding for critical health programs in upcoming budget negotiations. These investments continue the Affordable Care […]

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Update on Recent Budget Subcommittee Hearings

Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 – Thursday, April 23 Last week, Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 reviewed budget proposals for programs under the Department of Health Care Services, including Medi-Cal.The Committee’s agenda can be found here. Limited Benefit and Special Population Programs Eligibility Requirements Genetically Handicapped Persons Program (GHPP): The Administration has proposed trailer bill language (TBL) that […]

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Covered California Board Meeting April 16, 2015: Highlights

The Covered California board met on April 16, the first meeting for new board members Marty Morgenstern and Genoveva Islas.  Meeting materials for the April 16 meeting are available here: http://board.coveredca.com/meetings/2015/4-15/index.html Cost Sharing on Specialty Prescription Drugs The most contentious issue at the Covered California board meeting was the one that was postponed, on how to design […]

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Recent Budget Subcommittee Hearings on DMHC and DHCS

The Assembly and Senate budget subcommittees recently held hearings on the budgets for the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) and Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). You can read the agendas for the Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on March 19 and in Asm. Budget Subcommittee #1 for more details about these proposals. Department of […]

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Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 Hearing on CHHS Programs

The Senate Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services held its first hearing of the year on March 5, 2015. Programs within the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) were on the committee’s agenda. The Senate Budget Subcommittee #3’s hearing agendas can be found here. Office of Systems Integration – CalHEERS Oversight First on […]

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