Affordability

Senate Budget Subcommittee Approves Key Expansions to Medi-Cal, Setting Up Budget Negotiations on Health Investments

On Thursday, May 17th the California Senate Budget Subcommittee on Health & Human Services voted on a proposal that would expand access to Medi-Cal for low-income seniors, restores important Medi-Cal benefits, and increases funding for preventative services. Most notably, the Senate invested $225 million to cover undocumented adults, age 65 and over, in Medi-Cal. This […] Read More

California Assembly Prioritizes $1 Billion in New Health Care Investments to Improve Access and Affordability

With the support of many California community and consumer advocates, on May 7th, California Assemblymembers endorsed a plan to expand Medi-Cal coverage and increase affordability assistance to those purchasing health plans through Covered California and the individual insurance market, taking a major step towards bringing the state closer to a more universal and affordable health […] Read More

New Academic Reports Detail Steps California Can Take To Advance Health Reform

In the last two weeks, two academic reports have been released that detail a number of policy options that California can take to advance state-level health reform. On March 5, 2018 the UC Berkeley Labor Center released a report that detailed different options for improving affordability and attaining universal health coverage in California. This new report […] Read More

Defunding Already-Budgeted CSRs Will Force Premium Spikes and Cause Confusion in Our Health Care Market

President Trump’s move to stop payment on $7 billion in aid to low-income Americans to afford health care is deliberately destructive and destabilizing. These cost-sharing reductions (or CSRs) are funds that have already been allocated to help reduce co-pays and deductibles for low-income consumers. This decision will force insurers to spike premiums to reclaim these […] Read More

CA Likely Shielded From New HHS Regulations–But Not From Trump Threats to Defund $700M in Cost-Sharing Subsidies

Consumer advocates decried new regulations finalized Thursday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which would seek to increase premiums, deductibles, and cost-sharing for those enrolled in health insurance marketplaces like Covered California across the country. However, due to existing state law, many of the regulations is likely not to impact Californians, including: * […] Read More

New Health Access Report Details Dramatic Expansions in California’s County Health Care Safety-Net

Today, Health Access released a new report detailing the dramatic changes to California’s health care safety net programs at the county level. As the Affordable Care Act implementation has cut the number of uninsured Californians in half and the state has taken additional steps to cover all children, many California counties have extended their health […] Read More

Budget Focus at Covered California Board Meeting

This post was written by Kate Burch The Covered California board meeting on May 12 addressed several controversial issues. You can find a recording of the board meeting, links to the presentations, reports, proposed regulations, attachments, and other materials here. Market Analysis Covered California contracted with PwC for an in-depth analysis of the direction of the […] Read More

Hundreds Gather at Capitol to Support #Health4All

On Monday morning, hundreds of health and immigrant rights advocates convened on the steps of the Capitol to rally in support of “Health For All,” press legislators to pass bills like SB 10 (Lara) and SB 1418 (Lara), and celebrate the historic first day of expanding comprehensive Medi-Cal to undocumented children in California. The “Health4All” rally […] Read More