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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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HHS Proposed Regulations Barring Discrimination on Basis of Sex, Gender, Gender Identity, Race and National Origin, Disability, and Age Need Work: Deadline to Comment is November 9, 2015

Last month the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a proposed rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which extends civil rights protections under Title VI, Title IX, the Age Discrimination Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), among others, to health programs that receive any federal funds.  No […]

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Covered California Board Meeting Highlights from October 8, 2015

With less than one month before open enrollment (November 1 – January 31), the Board focused mainly on this year’s research-driven “no wrong door” approach to maximizing enrollment and facilitating thoughtful plan selection using shop and compare tools, quality ratings, and reaching out to enrollees who look like they could benefit from enhanced silver plans […]

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Key Patient Protections Pass Legislature, Now On Governor’s Desk

With the California Legislature adjourning after midnight last Saturday, most of the action on priority bills for health consumers moves to the Governor’s desk. Most of the Heath Access-sponsored bills protecting consumers from unfair out-of-pocket costs are now one Governor’s signature away from enactment. There were disappointments in the final days of this year’s legislative […]

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Final Week of Legislative Session: Where We Stand on Key Bills Protecting Consumers

Key patient protection bills hang in the balance this week, as Friday is the deadline for bills to pass from final floor votes in the California legislature to the Governor’s desk. In this last week of California’s legislative session, amendments have been taken on the key bills impacting health care consumers, but the substance of Health […]

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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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Healthy San Francisco 2.0: SF Health Commission Votes to Modernize Healthy San Francisco, Mainly by Upgrading Affordability Standards

This blog was written by Rose Auguste and Judi Hilman of Health Access. Graphic courtesy of San Francisco Department of Public Health. On Tuesday, August 4th San Francisco’s Health Commission authorized the first major upgrades to Healthy San Francisco and City Option, the main platforms for universal coverage in San Francisco, since full implementation of […]

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Senate Health Committee Passes AB 248 (Health Insurance Minimum Value) Out on 6-1 Vote

Today, the Senate Health Committee heard AB 248 (R. Hernández) and passed it out on a 6-1 vote, with Senator Nielsen voting no and Senator Nguyen abstaining. Sponsored by Health Access, AB 248 would close a loophole created by federal guidance that allows insurers and health plans to sell subminimum coverage to large employers. Specifically, AB248 protects […]

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Closing a Loophole on Subminimum Coverage

California Healthline this week is hosting a discussion on our bill, SB248 (Hernandez) to prohibit subminimum coverage. We sponsored this bill to close a loophole in the ACA that allows such coverage–prohibited in the individual and small group markets–to be offered by large employers, and if taken up could prohibit workers from getting subsidies for […]

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Assembly Health Committee Hearing April 7: Several Key Health Consumer Bills Move Forward

Yesterday the California Assembly Committee on Health passed a bevy of bills, most with wide margins. Highlighted below are those sponsored or supported by Health Access California. AB248 Health Insurance: Minimum Value-Large Group Market Policies (Hernández), sponsored by Health Access California, prohibits the sale of subminimum coverage by insurers to large employers. Such “junk” plans […]

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