Governing.com: 6 State and Local Questions About Sequestration

BY: Liz Farmer | February 28, 2013  The March 1 sequestration deadline has arrived and while the administration has said it will wait until late Friday to approve the law, Washington is settling in for lean times. Congress is leaving town and President Barack Obama said on Friday that he plans to sign the $1.2 trillion in … Continue reading

NPQ: Sequestration Threatens Access at Community Health Centers

WRITTEN BY RUTH MCCAMBRIDGE  CREATED ON WEDNESDAY, 27 FEBRUARY 2013 14:42 February 22, 2013; Source: San Antonio Business Journal According to the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), budget cuts triggered by sequestration pose the risk of a potential loss of $120 million to the nation’s health centers. That could result in 900,000 patients without access to regular … Continue reading

LA Times: CalPERS plans 85% rate hike for long-term-care insurance

More than 110,000 CalPERS policyholders are being warned about the hefty increase, which won’t take effect until 2015. By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles TimesFebruary 21, 2013, 4:54 p.m.  Dailey Mayo received some stunning news in the mail last week: an 85% rate increase for the long-term-care insurance he has had for 15 years from the California Public … Continue reading

NCPSSM: Here they go again: the Latest Bowles Simpson Proposal tells Seniors “Pay More and Get Less”

John William Springs, a retiree who gets nearly $12,000 a year in Social Security and disability checks, is $1,300 above the poverty threshold: officially, not poor.

“The latest Bowles-Simpson plan to tackle the nation’s debt offers nothing more than a repackaged proposal to cut to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid through measures such as the chained CPI, means testing Medicare and raising the eligibility age. Yet, America’s seniors, the disabled, veterans and their families have already rejected these proposals through hundreds of … Continue reading

California Healthline: GOP Rejects Senate Democrats’ Plan To Avoid Mandated Spending Cuts

In Washington, it's called the Affordable Care Act. In Sacramento, it could be become known as another budget buster. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / July 9, 2012)

On Sunday, Republicans rejected a recent proposal by Senate Democrats to replace mandated spending cuts under sequestration with alternative spending cuts and tax increases, suggesting little chance that a compromise will be reached before the sequester takes effect in March, the Wall Street Journal reports (Peterson, Wall Street Journal, 2/17). The mandated cuts involve nearly $1 trillion in … Continue reading

California Community Choices: The Power of Integrated Information: Benefits and Challenged of Developing a Long Term Care Data Warehouse in California

John William Springs, a retiree who gets nearly $12,000 a year in Social Security and disability checks, is $1,300 above the poverty threshold: officially, not poor.

Report Title – The Power of Integrated Information:  Benefits and Challenged of Developing a Long Term Care Data Warehouse in CaliforniaThis report was commissioned under the California Community Choices Project to explore models and promising practices for better integrating long-term services and supports (LTSS) data.  The survey and analysis of healthcare and other LTSS data … Continue reading

SacBee: Questions multiply as Medicaid changes near

By Tony Pugh McClatchy Newspapers Published: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 8A Last Modified: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 – 7:52 am WASHINGTON – In the largest one-year enrollment bump in program history, 8 million Americans are expected to gain health insurancethrough Medicaid in 2014 under the nation’s massive health care overhaul. The Medicaid … Continue reading

HealthyCal: Can accountable care organizations reign in health-care costs?

Published: February 13, 2013 By Callie Shanafelt California Health Report Coordination and effective use of existing resources can save money. That’s the idea behind the push for innovations built into the health care reform law, like electronic health records, pay for performance and accountable care organizations. But it’s unlikely that any of these innovations will … Continue reading

LA Times: California reveals details of health-law insurance plans

Jose Quintanilla, puts his shirt back on after getting a pneumonia shot at the adult primary care clinic at San Francisco General, on Thursday June 28, 2012, in San Francisco, Calif., where 36% of the patients are uninsured and 28% are on Medicare. In a divided but stunning decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld virtually all of the far-reaching law crafted by President Obama to extend health coverage to most uninsured Americans. The narrow 5-4 ruling was a victory for Obama but also will serve as a rallying issue for Republicans calling for repeal of the Affordable Care Act passed by Democrats in 2010. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle / SF

The state will lay out the specific co-pays and deductibles that many policyholders will face under the federal healthcare law. By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles TimesFebruary 13, 2013, 5:00 a.m.  Consumers are getting their first glimpse at what health insurance will look like in California as the state prepares to implement the federal healthcare law. On … Continue reading

CDCAN: Legislature Gears Up for Budget Subcommittee Hearings In Early March – Senate Releases Schedule – All Eyes on Health Care Reform/Medi-Cal Expansion and Education Funding – and Governor’s May Budget Revisions

In Washington, it's called the Affordable Care Act. In Sacramento, it could be become known as another budget buster. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / July 9, 2012)

California State Budget: LEGISLATURE GEARS UP FOR BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE HEARINGS BEGINNING IN EARLY MARCH ·      State Senate Budget Subcommittee Hearing Schedule Released ·      Education Funding and Health Care Reform Implementation Including Changes to Medi-Cal Program Are Budget Main Issues For Policymakers ·      Feb 28th Informational Hearing by Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Health & Human Services and Assembly Health Committee … Continue reading

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