Category: Affordable Care Act


UC Berkeley, UCLA Study Finds New California Health Care Policies Keep Uninsured from Growing, Improve Affordability for 1.55 Million

A recent report by the UC Berkeley Labor Center and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research projects California’s recently passed health care policies will both lower the prices in the individual insurance market and keep steady the number of uninsured in California. The report, “California’s Steps to Expand Health Coverage and Improve Affordability: Who…

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Federal Judge Blocks Medicaid Work Requirements in Arkansas, Kentucky

On Wednesday, a U.S. District Court Judge in the District of Columbia issued a dual-ruling, striking down Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky. Judge James Boasberg determined that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) failed to adequately consider impacts of work requirements, writing, “The Court cannot concur that the Medicaid Act…

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LAO Publishes Analysis of Governor’s Individual Health Insurance Market Affordability Proposals

On Thursday, the California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released an analysis of Governor Gavin Newsom’s FY 2019-20 budget proposals related to individual health insurance market affordability. Citing ongoing legislative and public interest and concern related to healthcare costs, access, and affordability of individual market coverage, the LAO explores two key policy proposals by the Newsom…

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Covered California Releases Report on Affordability and Coverage Options

Covered California late last week released an extensive report entitled, “Options to Improve Affordability in California’s Individual Health Insurance Mandate,” which details policy options to lawmakers on ways to enhance the Affordable Care Act (ACA), lower costs for consumers, and improve coverage options. The report was prepared with the input of leading economists and stakeholders…

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Covered California Sees Significant Decline in New Enrollment, Points to Removal of Individual Mandate Penalty

On Wednesday, Covered California released its open enrollment figures for 2019 coverage, finding that overall enrollment held steady with more than 1.5 million consumers selecting a health plan. There was a 7.5 percent increase in the number of existing consumers renewing their coverage, but a 23.7 percent decrease in the number of new consumers signing…

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