Many Health Clinics Underprepared to Meet Demand Under ACA

Fewer than half of community health clinics in Los Angeles are prepared to treat an influx of patients who obtained health coverage under the Affordable Care Act -- a trend that could have statewide implications, according to a brief by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, the Los Angeles Times' "L.A. Now" reports (Karlamangla, "L.A. Now," Los Angeles Times, 5/21). Background on Newly...

California and Its Counties Under the ACA

As California moves to implement the ACA, it is making major health program, policy, and fiscal changes that will transform the way the state and its 58 counties share responsibilities for the health of Californians. To help policymakers and stakeholders better understand the state-county partnership and prepare for the changes, this issue brief provides a leadership framework to assess the...

A Little Investment Goes a Long Way: Modest Cost to Expand Preventive and Routine Health Services to All Low-Income Californians

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has expanded health coverage to millions of Californians and has improved coverage for millions more, but between 2.7 and 3.4 million Californians under age 65 are predicted to still remain uninsured by 2019, after the ACA is fully implemented. Of those predicted to remain uninsured, almost half — between 1.4 and 1.5 million — are ineligible for federal coverage...

Gaps in Kids’ Dental Coverage A Trouble Spot

No one wants to go to the dentist, but kids need to. A small cavity left to fester can grow into a big health problem. That’s why the government made pediatric dental care one of the health law’s “essential benefits.” But new data suggest the law is failing to fully deliver on its promise: A lot of parents didn’t buy dental coverage during the recent online enrollment period.  That...

Governor’s May Revise Spotlights Medi-Cal Enrollment, But Includes No New HHS Restorations

Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown unveiled his May Revision of the State Budget for 2014-15, his spending plan for July 1 2014 through June 30, 2015, by trumpeting the strong and successful effort to cover more Californians in Medi-Cal coverage. “This is good news for California,” he started, referring to a $2.4 billion more in revenues since the January budget, before indicating how the money...

California Endowment Provides $23M for Medi-Cal Enrollment Efforts

The California Endowment has provided $23 million in grants to be awarded to 36 counties or county groups across the state for efforts to enhance outreach and increase enrollment in Medi-Cal, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program (Seipel, San Jose Mercury News, 1/28). The funding will be distributed by the California Department of Health Care Services. ...

Covered California To Require Pediatric Dental Coverage Starting in 2015

On Thursday, the Covered California board of directors voted to require all children's health plans offered through the exchange to include pediatric dental coverage as an essential health benefit beginning in 2015, the Sacramento Business Journal reports. Read the full article...

Covered California Releases Statistics for Its Health Insurance Marketplace and Certified Enrollment Assistance Program

The statistics for Covered California's Health Insurance Marketplace for the week ending December 7 have been posted to their website.  The numbers for the Enrollment Assistance Program show over 21,000 total entities already certified, or authorized, to enroll.  This number includes enrollment entities, enrollment counselors, insurance agents, and county eligibility workers. Updated numbers...

Medicaid & CHIP: October Monthly Applications and Eligibility Determinations Report

This report is the first in a series of monthly reports on State Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) data, and represents State Medicaid and CHIP agency eligibility activity for the calendar month of October 2013, which coincides with the first month of the initial open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace. Read the full CMS report here...   ...