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As Congress Moves to Repeal ACA, Health Access Releases New Numbers of Impact by Congressional District

In the middle of last night, the U.S. Senate took the first step to repealing the Affordable Care Act, passing a budget resolution on a 51-48 vote after a week of debate and many hours of considering amendments through a process called “vote-a-rama.” The Republican Senate majority voted against multiple amendments that would have salvaged […]

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Nomination of Tom Price as HHS Secretary Signals Threat to Medicare, Not Just Obamacare

On Tuesday, Health Access California reacted to President-elect Trump’s nomination of Representative Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Health Access Executive Director Anthony Wright made this statement following the announcement: “This nomination signals the new President-elect’s plans to undo the guarantees of not just Obamacare, but Medicare and Medicaid as well. Despite […]

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A California Resolution to the Primary Debate on the Future of Health Reform

Blog post written by Anthony Wright, Executive Director of Health Access California Since Health Access does not endorse candidates, I have refrained from commenting on the Presidential primary debates. There has been little to analyze on the Republican side, given the minimal substance on health policy, besides the standard talking points about the repeal of Obamacare. […]

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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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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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President Obama Vetoes Obamacare Repeal

It’s not news that President Obama was going to veto the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, as he did today. But it is worth noting that 240 House Representatives–including all Republican Members of Congress from California–voted to strip away the subsidies that help the 1.3 million Californians afford coverage that they purchased through Covered California; […]

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Obamacare in the Ballot Box: Quick Take on Kentucky Governor’s Race from California

Heading into last Tuesday’s mid-term election, there was plenty at stake for the future of health reform (HBO’s John Oliver tried to warn us), particularly in states that have refused or have yet to decide whether to implement the optional Medicaid expansion—or had decided, like Kentucky, to opt in, not because the political winds were blowing […]

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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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DHCS Stakeholder Advisory Committee October 14, 2015: Highlights for Consumer Advocates

Update on MCO (Managed Care Organization) Tax DHCS Director Jennifer Kent opened with an update on the MCO tax and the need to revise it to meet new federal guidelines to broaden the base to all health plans (learn more here).  Last Spring, the Governor called a special session to resolve this and related Medicaid financing […]

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