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Obamacare is Dead. Long Live Obamacare!

Obamacare has had more near-death experiences than any public policy proposal in memory. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s passage resembled the “Perils of Pauline” more than “How a Bill Becomes a Law,” with at least three times that nearly every one of President Barack Obama’s advisers suggested abandoning the effort–and him deciding instead […]

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When We Rise…

We were excited last week to see the ABC miniseries When We Rise, which chronicles the campaign for LGBTQ equality over the decades–through the eyes of three activists, including our longtime board member and former board president Roma Guy. Beyond her significant advocacy for LGBTQ rights, Roma serves on our board for the California Women’s […]

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If Last Week Congress Faced Concerned Crowds…

  Last week, Congressional representatives across the country and California heard a loud and powerful message from their constituents angry about attempts over proposed plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Their constituents were right to be concerned—in California alone, the proposal to repeal the ACA alone would undo coverage for over five million Californians—over […]

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RIP Dorothy Rice, Pioneer in Health

We were saddened to hear of the passing this weekend of Dorothy Rice, 94, a world renowned medical economist and health statistician, who served on the Health Access Foundation board for over a decade until 2015. UPDATED: Here’s the New York Times obituary. Professor Dorothy P. Rice was Professor Emerita of Medical Economics in the Department […]

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Leaked GOP House Plan Would Imperil Not Just ACA Coverage, but Medi-Cal and Employer Benefits, Too.

On Friday, a first draft to repeal the Affordable Care Act by Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and the GOP Leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives was leaked, showing it goes a lot further to undermine the health care for Californians than suggested, especially in capping Medicaid and taxing employer-based coverage. Under […]

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New Federal Regs Would Increase Premiums & Cost Sharing

  Consumer advocates decried new regulations proposed this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which would increase premiums, deductibles, and cost-sharing for those enrolled in Covered California and other health insurance marketplaces across the country. These regulations, which are stated to “stabilize” the individual insurance market, would lower the “actuarial value” […]

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California Health Plans Flunk Timely Access Report

A new report by the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) found industry-wide problems providing timely access to care, or even accurately reporting the size and availability of their provider networks. Almost all—36 of 40—of the health plans monitored by the DMHC have been referred to the Department’s enforcement unit for potential fines or corrective […]

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