Presents new national and state data showing how cutting Medicaid would harm seniors, people with disabilities, their families, state workers, and the long-term care infrastructure.
This blog was originally written and posted by California Health Access.
The California Health Benefits Exchange Board held its first meeting today in Sacramento. The Board, staff, and nearly 100 stakeholders in the audience were well aware of the significance of the meeting, which represents the first official and concrete action toward expanding coverage and extending consumer protections to the 4 million Californians.
Provides new national and state data on how many Americans have out-of-pocket health care spending that exceeds caps created by the Affordable Care Act.
Protecting Seniors and People with Disabilities: Why It Is Important to Preserve the Maintenance of Effort Requirement in the Affordable Care Act
Discusses how stripping the maintenance of effort requirement from the Affordable Care Act will negatively affect Medicaid enrollees, their families, and their state economies.
Just last month, legislation was signed in California that created the state’s insurance exchange, making California the first state to establish an insurance exchange since the Affordable Care Act passed! If that wasn’t enough good news for you, we just heard more good news from the Golden State this week: On Tuesday, the federal government approved a five-year, $10 billion dollar “Bridge to Reform” plan to expand and improve California’s Medicaid program.
In a nutshell, California’s Bridge to Reform plan will:
Examines what states are doing to make sure that all children (including those with pre-existing conditions) can get affordable health insurance.
In 2006 a Southern California couple who had purchased health insurance from Anthem Blue Cross had their coverage rescinded after using their benefits to cover a cardiac procedure. Several months after the procedure, Blue Cross retroactively canceled the couple’s coverage and left them with a six-figure medical bill. When consumers get sick, insurers sometimes try to avoid having to pay for their care through rescissions--the process of yanking coverage away, right when patients need it most, as though they were never covered at all.
Explores the many ways the Affordable Care Act helps eliminate health disparities by improving access to health care for communities of color.
Learn why expanding home- and community-based care is cost-effective in the long run and how states can do it using two new Medicaid options in the Affordable Care Act.
The news of WellPoint's Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield hiking up premiums for its customers in California by 39% made waves across the country, and many other of WellPoint's affiliates will soon follow suit.
California consumers are not alone as they face huge premium hikes. Other consumers in states across the country also will see rate hikes from WellPoint this year.