Category: Affordable Care Act


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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CDCR Releases Report on Impact of Medi-Cal Expansion on Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health (CCJBH) recently released a report examining patterns of health care service access and utilization among individuals formerly incarcerated in California state prisons. The report finds that in 2012 (prior to Medi-Cal expansion) seven percent of CDCR’s formerly incarcerated individuals received…

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Federal Judge in Texas Rules ACA Unconstitutional, Setting up Extended Legal Battles

Last Friday, Texas Federal District Court Judge Reed O’Connor struck down the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the grounds that the individual health insurance mandate is unconstitutional and the remaining ACA provisions cannot stand without the individual mandate. The issue at hand was whether the ACA’s individual mandate still required Americans to obtain health insurance…

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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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