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CA Likely Shielded From New HHS Regulations–But Not From Trump Threats to Defund $700M in Cost-Sharing Subsidies

Consumer advocates decried new regulations finalized Thursday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which would seek to increase premiums, deductibles, and cost-sharing for those enrolled in health insurance marketplaces like Covered California across the country. However, due to existing state law, many of the regulations is likely not to impact Californians, including: * […]

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New Health Access Report Details Dramatic Expansions in California’s County Health Care Safety-Net

Today, Health Access released a new report detailing the dramatic changes to California’s health care safety net programs at the county level. As the Affordable Care Act implementation has cut the number of uninsured Californians in half and the state has taken additional steps to cover all children, many California counties have extended their health […]

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Budget Focus at Covered California Board Meeting

This post was written by Kate Burch The Covered California board meeting on May 12 addressed several controversial issues. You can find a recording of the board meeting, links to the presentations, reports, proposed regulations, attachments, and other materials here. Market Analysis Covered California contracted with PwC for an in-depth analysis of the direction of the […]

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Hundreds Gather at Capitol to Support #Health4All

On Monday morning, hundreds of health and immigrant rights advocates convened on the steps of the Capitol to rally in support of “Health For All,” press legislators to pass bills like SB 10 (Lara) and SB 1418 (Lara), and celebrate the historic first day of expanding comprehensive Medi-Cal to undocumented children in California. The “Health4All” rally […]

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Legislative Priorities Clear Deadlines

As the April 22 policy deadline approached, all of Health Access’ priority bills made it over the finish line. Last week, the legislative committees voted on two important bills that will increase transparency in our health care system. Transparency for Prescription Drug Costs Prescription drugs are the health service most commonly used by consumers and […]

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Covered California Board Addresses 1332 Waiver, Quality Requirements, Special Enrollment Verification and other Hot Topics

This blog was written by Kate Burch On April 7, 2016, the Covered California Board addressed several hot topics at their April meeting. You can find a recording of the board meeting, links to the presentations, and links to all of the proposed regulations, attachments, etc. here. 1332 Waiver Report Stakeholders and experts have been very […]

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#Health4All 1332 Waiver Greenlighted by Covered California

A new Covered California report gave a green light to pursuing a federal waiver that will allow all Californians, regardless of immigration status, to be able to buy coverage with their own money through Covered California. Currently, undocumented immigrants are barred from using the state marketplace under the ACA even when using their own money and […]

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Increasing the Minimum Wage Is Good for Our Health!

Today the California legislature is taking historic votes to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15, phased in over the next few years. While the economic benefits of providing workers with more income are clear, increasing the minimum wage also has positive health effects. Increasing the minimum wage improves low income workers’ health by increasing […]

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Labor and Consumer Groups Join Forces to Stop Surprise Medical Bills

This week, consumer and patient advocates re-launched their effort to prevent Californians from facing surprise out-of-network medical bills. Due to the failure of the legislature to act last year, California consumers continue to receive surprise medical bills from out-of-network providers after using in-network medical facilities. These bills could come from an out-of-network anesthesiologist, pathologist, radiologist […]

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