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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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Kaiser Family Foundation Survey Findings Affirm Results of State Reform Efforts to Date and Consumer Advocates’ Legislative Focus Two Years into Affordable Care Act

Findings from a recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey of low and moderate income California residents, released yesterday, suggest the state is generally on the right track in ACA implementation, specifically in its choice to build a robust “active purchaser” exchange and to target communities with the largest coverage gaps. Those and other priorities of Covered […]

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Key Health Consumer Bills Move to Floor NEXT WEEK

California Legislative Appropriations Committees just voted to pass key legislation, including SB4 #Health4All (Lara) to expand coverage regardless of immigration status and several patient protection bills limiting out-of-pocket costs. Though some bills were amended in today’s suspense hearings (details below), all will advance to floor votes next week. To advance this year, all bills must […]

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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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Time is NOW: Health4All Builds Momentum in East Bay

This post was written by Rose Auguste, Health Access Organizer (Northern California). The work to cover all Californians continues at the local level. On Wednesday, October 8th community members, health and  immigration advocates, students and Alameda County legislators held a press event at the Oakland State Building in support of SB1005 (Lara), the Health For All […]

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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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