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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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Covered California Open Enrollment Started Sunday!

Yesterday marked the official start of Covered CA open enrollment, which will run through January 31, 2016. For coverage effective January 1, people must enroll by December 31, 2015. As always, Medi-Cal enrollment is open year-round and individuals experiencing any life transitions (losing a job or moving, among many qualifying events for Special Enrollment) may […]

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Gearing Up for November 1 Open Enrollment

With only three weeks to go until Covered California’s next open enrollment (November 1-January 31), today’s meeting of the Marketing, Outreach, and Enrollment Assistance Advisory Committee was packed with helpful information about Covered California’s research-driven strategies to maximize enrollment, especially in communities of color, and to help enrollees find their way into the best plan. Many […]

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Covered California Board Meeting: Highlights from August 20, 2015

This Covered California board meeting featured a discussion of a vision benefit proposal and agents’ payments and responsibilities, both for action next month; the release of rates for 2016, an update on the redesigned navigator program; and a hearty welcome to new Board member and former Senator and Democratic Party Chair Art Torres (see his […]

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Covered California Board Meeting on 2015-16 Budget: Highlights from June 18, 2015

Following a presentation by Executive Director Peter Lee on Covered California’s “story” of success and need to transition from start up mode to a mature operation with sustainable financing, Thursday’s Board meeting had exactly one action item: approval of the Covered California budget for fiscal year 2015-2016. Comings and Goings Director Lee announced the retirement […]

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Medi-Cal Stakeholder Advisory Committee: Highlights from May 20, 2015

With the state still awaiting initial feedback from CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) on its pending “Medi-Cal 2020” waiver renewal, most of the meeting was devoted to Medi-Cal programs with significant transformation initiatives.  Today’s blog covers these topics: Governor’s May Budget Revision Update on Medi-Cal and Covered California Enrollment 1115 Waiver Renewal Concept and Application […]

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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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Office of the Patient Advocate Releases 2014-2015 Health Care Quality Report Cards

Office of the Patient Advocate Releases 2014-2015 Health Care Quality Report Cards The much anticipated 2014-2015 edition of the OPA’s Health Care Quality Report Cards comes months ahead of the usual release date so that the information can be of use to consumers in the coming open enrollment season. The OPA release actually includes three […]

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