The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has created a greater degree of standardization of health insurance plans than has ever existed in the individual (non-group) health insurance market. All policies are required to have Essential Health Benefits, as well as four metal tiers based on plan actuarial values and standard limits on maximum annual out-of-pocket spending. … [ Read full post ]
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More than two-thirds of those who were uninsured before the Affordable Care Act was fully implemented now have coverage, according to a KQED State of Health story based on a Kaiser Family Foundation survey. Center Director Gerald Kominski cautioned that the survey findings have a limitation and exclude Californians who had insurance pre-ACA and lost … [ Read full post ]
A new managed-care health program in California for vulnerable populations has lower-than expected enrollment, after facing pushback from consumer advocates, lack of agreement between federal and state governments and health plans, lack of readiness by participating counties, and other delays, according to Center Research Scientist Kathryn Kietzman in USC’s Reporting on Health.
The program, … [ Read full post ]
Today’s seminar: The Healthiest (and Unhealthiest) Places To Be An Undocumented Immigrant, by State Policy”Thursday, April 16th, 2015
Noon seminar today! Nadereh Pourat on “Undocumented Immigrants Eligible for DACA/DAPA: Who Are They?”Monday, March 30th, 2015
In this first of the Center’s 2015 Health Policy Seminar Series, Nadereh Pourat, the Center’s director of research, will discuss the findings of a study released March 26 on the health insurance status and characteristics (including age, income level and work status) of eligible California immigrants.
Pourat will also examine the potential effect
Health insurers are relying on a narrower list of health provider networks because, under health reform, they compete on price and can’t vary copayments or deductibles. As a result, insurers eliminate medical providers who can’t meet their cost expectations, Center Director Gerald Kominski said in a California Healthline story. But the backlash against narrow … [ Read full post ]