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Covered CA Unveils Next Stage of Delivery System Reform: Highlights from January 21, 2016 Board Meeting

Thursday’s Covered CA Board meeting featured an overview of certification parameters for Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) to be offered in 2017, proposed changes in benefit design, and new data-driven initiatives to improve quality and equity over time. As Governor Brown said proudly in his State of the State address earlier that day, California has “wholeheartedly […]

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Fifth Circuit Appeals Court Ruling on President Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration: What It Means for #Health4All in California

Last Monday the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to block President Obama’s 2014 executive order on immigration, dealing a major setback to efforts to shield an estimated five million immigrants living in the U.S. from deportation (learn more here). Issued in November 2014, the President’s executive order would have allowed millions of […]

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DHCS & CMS Agree to Medi-Cal 2020 Waiver Framework!

This past Saturday (Halloween), the California Department of Health Care Services announced it had reached a new “conceptual agreement” with the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) on the general framework of “Medi-Cal 2020,” the renewal of the 2010-2015 Medi-Cal waiver. Toplines With details to be specified in the coming months, the framework is […]

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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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Contra Costa Cares: Board of Supervisors Vote 4-1 to Create Primary Care Program for Remaining Uninsured

Earlier today the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to authorize a new $1 million pilot program to extend primary health care services for an estimated 3,000 adult immigrants, including undocumented Contra Costa residents. The care will be provided through county-based clinics, serving approximately one-fifth of uninsured adults in need of the services. The Contra […]

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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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Census Shows Dramatic Drop In Uninsured Rate In CA & US In ACA’s First Year

New 2014 Census data have made it official, that the uninsured rate in both the United States and in California dropped dramatically with implementation of the Affordable Care Act, confirming independent local surveys and enrollment reports. California’s uninsured rate dropped from 17.2 in 2013 to 12.4% in 2014—and independent surveys suggest that figure is even […]

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Monterey Board of Supervisors Unanimously Approves $500K Pilot Program of Targeted Specialty Care Services for Remaining Uninsured

Building on recent victories for the #Health4All movement throughout California and at the county levels, yesterday the Monterey Board of Supervisors voted on a 5-0 vote to authorize a new $500,000 pilot program to extend limited specialty health care services to the remaining uninsured, including undocumented Monterey residents. The program will cover the cost of […]

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Key Health Care Consumer Protections to Prevent Unfair Out-of-Pocket Costs Advance to Final Floor Votes

SB137 (Ed Hernandez), to require updated, standardized & accurate health plan provider network directories, passed out of Assembly Appropriations Committee. AB533 (Bonta), to stop “surprise” billing from out-of-network doctors; AB339 (Gordon) to prevent unfair cost-sharing for specialty drugs, and AB1305 (Bonta) to limit out-of-pocket costs for individuals in family plans, passed out of Senate Appropriations Committee. SB248 (Roger Hernández), a bill to prevent […]

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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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