Category: Affordable Care Act


Covered California Releases First 2019 Enrollment Figures, Enrollment Slightly Down Compared to Last Year

On Tuesday, Covered California announced that 90,500 new consumers signed up for 2019 coverage as of November 30. These figures represent more than an 11 percent drop in enrollment compared to this time last year when there were roughly 102,000 new consumers signed up for coverage. The decrease in Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment at…

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UCLA-UC Berkeley Report Indicates Potential Increase in Uninsured Due to ACA Changes

This week, researchers at UCLA and UC Berkeley released a new study that projects hundreds of thousands more Californians could become uninsured due to federal changes to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate penalty. Recall, the ACA’s individual insurance coverage mandate tax penalty will be repealed beginning in 2019 as part of the sweeping…

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North American Cannabis Summit Early Bird Price Extended

The early bird registration rate for the 2019 North American Cannabis Summit has been extended to September 30. The summit will be held on January 28-30 in Los Angeles and will feature science-based conversations and information sharing among public health, environmental health, research, and policy stakeholders. The summit is co-sponsored by the California Department of…

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Covered California Announces 2019 Individual Market Rate Increases

Covered California on Thursday announced an expected average 8.7 percent increase in individual market health insurance premiums in 2019. Covered California noted, however, that consumers will likely be able to avoid any increase in premiums if they switch to the lowest cost plan within the same coverage tier. Thursday’s announcement described how federal policy actions,…

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Congress Passes $1.3 Trillion Spending Plan, Funds Government Through FY 2018

After weeks of negotiations, Congressional leaders this week emerged with a $1.3 trillion omnibus budget bill that will fund the federal government through the remainder of the 2018 fiscal year, with funding expiring on September 30. The expansive 2,232 page bill featured significant increases in both defense spending, which was widely supported by President Trump…

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CHIP Temporarily Funded, PPHF Cuts Included in Short-Term Government Funding Measure Passed by Congress

Late this week, Congress passed another short-term government funding measure, once again narrowly avoiding a government shutdown. Recall, Congress passed a two-week funding measure on December 7 that extended current federal government funding levels through today, December 22. Congressional Republicans were left scrambling to piece together a funding measure earlier this week after placing much…

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Extended Deadline for Covered California Enrollment Ends Today, National Enrollment Nearly Matches Last Year

Given a surge in consumer interest, Covered California extended the enrollment deadline through today, December 22, for health coverage that will begin on January 1, 2018. Over the last two weeks, Covered California has experienced a significant increase in new consumers signing up for coverage. Overall open enrollment figures compared to last year are also…

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Congressional Republicans Reach Deal on Tax Reform, Votes to be Held Next Week

On Wednesday, Senate and House Republicans struck an agreement on a consolidated sweeping tax reform bill. Recall, Congressional Republicans entered into conference last week to reconcile the differences between the Senate and House tax reform measures that were recently passed by both houses. Full details of the agreed-upon measure were not available at the time…

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CHIP Reauthorization, PPHF Cuts Proposed in Latest House Government Funding Bill

This week, House Committee on Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-New Jersey) introduced a continuing resolution to extend government funding through January 19, 2018. Recall, last week Congress passed a two-week government funding measure that expires next Friday, December 22. In addition to extending overall government funding, H.J. Res. 124, which is currently in the House…

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