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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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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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President Obama: “The ACA Is Here To Stay… The ACA Is Working…”

Here’s President Obama’s statement on the Supreme Court’s upholding of the Affordable Care Act: For another more exuberant reaction, here’s a tweet that shows, from the steps of the Supreme Court, the response of our colleague Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA. While California would not have been impacted, we are relieved for the […]

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5-Year Anniversary of Affordable Care Act: A New Report

Leading up to the 5th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act on Monday, March 23rd, Health Access California released a new report describing implementation, impacts, and needed improvements going forward.  The “power of coalition” to form a consensus for bold and far reaching reforms–is reflected in the report itself, which features substantive contributions from groups serving children and youth, ethnic minorities, […]

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Insure the Uninsured Project Conference: Highlights

This year’s ITUP gathering, fittingly dedicated to Peter Harbage, featured many key insights and “take homes” for advocates. Rather than lament the absence of consumer voices from any of the plenary and workshop sessions, here’s our report with comment and reflection on most of the sessions in italics. Actionable News from Covered California Covered California Director Peter Lee […]

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Highlights from Covered CA Board Meeting December 15, 2014

Today’s tight two-hour meeting featured a much anticipated presentation on benefit designs for 2016, an enrollment update, and a surprise announcement: that this meeting would be California Endowment Chief Executive Dr. Bob Ross’s last as a member of the Covered California Board. Dr. Ross’s’ valuable contributions to the Board’s discussions since he was appointed by […]

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Capitol Weekly’s Health Care California Conference: Highlights for Advocates

Last Tuesday’s Health Care California conference gave us a chance to pause and reflect on ACA implementation efforts to date—and where we need to go as a state—before the fun begins again with the next open enrollment season in November. If there was a general sentiment across the panel presentations it was simply that California has done well […]

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California Leads At Halftime, But The Work Continues In the New Year

HEALTH ACCESS UPDATE: Monday, December 23rd, 2013 SURGE OF SIGN-UPS AS DEADLINE DAY ARRIVES FOR JANUARY COVERAGE; THE WORK CONTINUES IN NEW YEAR TO IMPLEMENT/IMPROVE HEALTH REFORM * Covered California Reports 77,000 Sign-Ups This Weekend; Over 400,000 Since October * California Leads At “Halftime”–But Three More Months of Enrollment Effort  * Three Ways to Help California Be […]

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