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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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Governor Signs SB4, Capping Year of Progress Toward #Health4All

Today Governor Brown signed a bill, SB4(Lara), to make it easier for all income-eligible children to get enrolled in Medi-Cal, following up on the state budget’s expansion of Medi-Cal coverage to children regardless of immigration status. SB4 (Lara) takes a modest but critical step to implement the decision in the 2015-16 state budget to expand […]

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Blue Shield – Care1st Merger Approved With Conditions

Yesterday, the Department of Managed Health Care announced that it approved Blue Shield of California’s acquisition of Care1st, a Medi-Cal (Medicaid) managed care plan with 500,000 Southern California patients–the largest health plan transaction in nearly a decade. In the months leading up to yesterday’s approval, Health Access and other health care consumer groups, including Consumers […]

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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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Most Patient Protection Bills Clear Final Hurdle, En Route to Governor’s Desk; Tobacco Measures Still Pending

Earlier today the California Senate voted 25-10, on a bipartisan basis, to pass legislation to prevent patients from facing surprise out-of-network medical bills after they receive care in in-network hospitals or other facilities. Sponsored by Health Access California, AB533 (Bonta) would protect patients from “surprise” bills from out-of-network doctors when they did the right thing by going to […]

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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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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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Special Session on Healthcare – Informational Hearings

This week, the Legislature held two informational hearings as part of the 2015-16 Second Extraordinary Session on healthcare. These hearings were convened to help lawmakers, and the public, understand approaches to structuring a Managed Care Organization (MCO) tax and the state of Medi-Cal funding more broadly. The current MCO tax only applies to health plans […]

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Senator Lara Statewide Community Tour Celebrates #Health4All, Recharges for Work Still To Do

This blog entry was written by Muneera Gardezi, Health Access’ LA-based organizer. Two weeks ago Senator Ricardo Lara gathered with activists in a #Health4All Statewide Community Tour to celebrate the successes of the Health4All Campaign to date and recharge for the work still to do to bring about quality health care and coverage for all […]

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Medi-Cal and Medicare Turn 50–With Much To Celebrate & Room for Improvement

As we celebrate how much help Americans have gotten from Medicare and Medicaid after 50 years, including the many improvements to both programs from the Affordable Care Act, we are reminded of the work left to do. In particular, we need to close the gaps in both programs to cover the remaining uninsured. Building on the success […]

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