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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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New Energy At Covered California’s Marketing/Outreach Advisory Group

With only two weeks to go until Covered California open enrollment, it’s no wonder it was standing room only at today’s Marketing, Outreach, and Enrollment Assistance Advisory Group (MOEA) meeting at Covered California headquarters. Chaired by Health Access’ own Anthony Wright, it has been restructured:instead of separate committees representing communities of color groupings (African American, […]

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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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Legislative Special Session on Health Reform Starts Today…

HEALTH ACCESS UPDATEMonday, January 28, 2012 LEGISLATIVE SPECIAL SESSION STARTS TODAY TO CONTINUE IMPLEMENTATION OF AFFORDABLE CARE ACT * Governor’s State of the State Cites and Recommits to California Leadership on the ACA * Special Session Bills Advance on Quicker Timeline, Enacted 90 Days After End of Session * Governor Seeks Bills on Insurance Market Rules; […]

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Exchange bills pass the CA Senate…

HEALTH ACCESS UPDATETuesday, August 24, 2010 CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE PASSES FIRST-IN-NATION BILLTO IMPLEMENT HEALTH REFORM BY CREATING NEW INSURANCE EXCHANGE * Key Bills, AB1602(Perez) and SB900(Alquist/Steinberg), Pass Tough Senate Vote * In 2014, New Exchange Will Be One-Stop Shop for Consumers to Compare Plans, Get Affordability Subsidies & Get Quality Coverage with No Pre-Existing Conditions Denials* […]

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The key bills in this week’s legislative battle…

This week, California legislators will decide whether to institute new patient protections, to provide consumers with greater access and affordability for coverage, and to implement and improve the new federal health law. Victoria Colliver at the San Francisco Chronicle reports on some of the bills heading to a final deadline. Here are key bills that […]

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The core bills start to move…

A bill that sets up the governance of a new health insurance exchange, SB900(Alquist/Steinberg), passed the Assembly earlier today, 49-25. This, along with the companion bill AB1602(Perez), which creates the exchange, is a central element of health reform, as it will how California families and small businesses will be able to get coverage easily and […]

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A Report from "The Battle in Seattle"

Well, I’m back from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) meeting in Seattle! I went to the NAIC meeting because I am one of the dozen or so consumer representatives who were chosen in March to represent consumers’ interests as that organization works out many of the details of how health care reform will […]

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