Category: Affordable Care Act


Covered California Details New Enrollment Data, Reports on Five Years of Improving Affordability and Access

On Wednesday, Covered California released new data detailing open enrollment figures for the 2020 coverage year, revealing that 230,000 Californians have selected a plan as of December 16. This figure represents an increase of approximately 16 percent compared to last year’s open enrollment period at this point in time. More than 1.15 million existing consumers…

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Federal Appeals Court Finds ACA Individual Mandate Unconstitutional, Sends Case Back to Lower Court for Further Study

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans on Wednesday struck down the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, ruling on a 2-1 vote that the coverage requirement was unconstitutional after Congress in 2017 eliminated the tax penalty that was intended to enforce it. Despite ruling against a core component of the…

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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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