Federal

Challenges and Opportunities with Congress Back in Session

Congress is back in session today. The good news is that there are bipartisan hearings scheduled, with testimony from a group of bipartisan Governors who last week released a series of recommendations for improving the ACA, including funding the cost-sharing reductions, reinsurance, fixing the family glitch, aggressive outreach and enrollment, and more. The bad news […] Read More

Despite Trump’s Threat to Democrats, Budget Fight on ACA Subsidies Holds Hostages in GOP Districts, Too

Over the weekend, President Trump again threatened in a tweet to defund regularly scheduled cost-sharing subsidies in the Affordable Care Act, worth $7 billion dollars nationally, and $700 million in California. But despite his tweet stating that “the Dems need big money to keep it going,” our new analysis shows that about 200,000 Californians who benefit from […] Read More

Reps. Denham and Knight, in their own words…

A California Congressmember’s position on the American Health Care Act should be a no-brainer, once it is clear that millions more people would lose health coverage as a result. Unfortunately, some Congressmembers voted for the bill in various committee, including from California: Rep. Mimi Walters, Rep. Devon Nunes, Rep. Duncan Hunter, and Rep. Tom McClintock. […] Read More

The Zombie bill–and the stakes (in the heart) in California

The news that the White House and Congressional leadership are going to try again at another attempt on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut and cap Medicaid is alarming. But it also seems far removed from the experience on the ground as Congressmembers meet with their constituents. […] 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

The Impact in Your District in Inyo and the IE…

It’s best to understand the impact of the American Health Care Act at the local level, so let’s explore the Inland Empire of California. Representative Paul Cook had an op-ed in the San Bernardino Sun last week, asking for input on how this would impact his district. We provided some answers in a follow-up opinion […] Read More