Category: Affordable Care Act


Biden Takes Additional Action on Health Coverage Access, Affordability, and Quality

This week, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. announced a series of actions to strengthen access to affordable, quality health care coverage throughout the U.S. Building upon an executive order issued last year to strengthen Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the President issued an additional order this week directing federal agencies to review agency…

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HHS Publishes “State of the ACA” Report

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) this week released, on the 12th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a new report highlighting the successes of the ACA and key health coverage gains made under the initiative. The “State of the ACA” report, published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services…

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New HHS Report Finds 40 Percent Decline in Uninsured Rate Among Black Americans Since ACA Implementation

A new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) found that since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage provisions beginning in 2010, the uninsured rate among Black Americans under age 65 decreased from 20 percent in 2011 (approximately…

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Covered California Names Altman as New CEO

This week, Covered California’s Board of Directors announced the appointment of Jessica Altman as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Altman currently serves as the insurance commissioner for the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance where she is charged with regulating Pennsylvania’s insurance marketplace, protecting consumers, and ensuring their health insurance needs are met. Altman previously served…

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UCLA Report Finds Persistent Disparities in Health Coverage and Health Care Access

A new study released by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Center for Health Policy Research (CHPR) found that after a decade of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), coverage and health care access disparities persist among Californians. In 2020, more than 2.5 million California children, adolescents, and adults (ages 0-64) did not have health…

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In Third Legal Ruling, U.S. Supreme Court Upholds ACA

For the third time on Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), leaving in place the landmark law’s broad provisions on health care access and coverage originally enacted by Congress in 2010. The case, California v. Texas, was initiated by a coalition of 18 states and two individuals,…

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ITUP Issues 2021 Regional Health Coverage Fact Sheets

The Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP) recently issued its 2021 Regional Health Coverage Fact Sheets. Each year, ITUP releases “Coverage at a Glance” regional health coverage fact sheets for its 11 ITUP Regional Workgroup locations. This year, the ITUP Regional Health Coverage Fact Sheets included race/ethnicity data for each county including the county’s uninsured population….

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Governor Newsom Announces Vaccine Partnership with CVS and Walgreens

This week, Governor Newsom announced that California opted into the federal COVID-19 Pharmacy Partnership, under which CVS and Walgreens will administer the Pfizer vaccine to residents and staff of long-term care facilities. CVS and Walgreens will first vaccinate staff and residents at nursing homes, before moving on to assisted living, residential care, and other long-term…

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Senate Convenes Informational Hearing on Threats to the Affordable Care Act

This week, the Senate Health Committee convened an informational hearing entitled “The Affordable Care Act in Jeopardy: What does it mean for California?” bringing together several experts and consumers to discuss what would happen in California if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is struck down by the US Supreme Court. The hearing featured several panels…

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