California’s ACA Rates To Rise 8.7% Next Year

By Chad Terhune

California Healthline, July 19, 2018

Premiums in California’s health insurance exchange will rise by an average of 8.7 percent next year, marking a return to more modest increases despite ongoing threats to the Affordable Care Act.

Use of Psychotropic Drugs Soars in California Jails

By California Health Policy Strategies, LLC

California Health Policy Strategies, LLC, May 13, 2018

Kaiser Health News Reporter Anna Gorman documents a 25% increase in the number of California jail inmates receiving psychotropic medications over the past five years. The article cites California Health Policy Strategies’s policy brief that reviewed state data from 45 counties. The article has appeared in the Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report, Kaiser …

5 Things California: Steve Wigginton, David Panush, Care4All

By DJ Wilson

Mar 22, 2018, March 22, 2018

Next week we release our Detailed Agenda with a list of almost 70 speakers lined up for our annual event in Sacramento. Until then, however, we’ve highlighted a few interesting sessions you’ll see next week among the 5 Things We’re Watching this week in California health care and health policy.

California Health Policy Strategies launches “fun and easy colonoscopy”

By Emily Boerger

State of Reform, March 20, 2018

California Health Policy Strategies has sponsored the launch of a new website with an interesting take on getting people excited about colonoscopies. The website’s url is, and features a “colonoscopy cartoon cavalcade,” a colon quiz, and a colonoscopy completion certificate. The website also introduces “Collin the Colon” through an introductory teaser video.

Capitol Morning Report – Catching up with David Panush

By Maureen O’Haren

Capitol Morning Report, December 18, 2017

David Panush writes a song for just about every turning point in life. The former external affairs director for Covered California, who retired two years ago at 56, wrote his theme song for retirement, sort of a country/blues tune—“you don’t know where you’re going to, what you’re gonna do, you gotta make the most of …

Podcast: Sacramento Insiders Discuss the Upcoming 2018 Legislative Session

By Kassy Perry, David Panush, Jim Gross

State of Reform, December 15, 2017

The 2018 legislative session is just around the corner. And with a big election year in California, health care politics are becoming even more important. This session will bring you up to speed on what’s happening in Sacramento policy discussions, and point the way towards what to expect in 2018.

A Backdoor Attack on Health Care – Just Say No

By David Panush

Fox&Hounds Daily, December 15, 2017

Like drunken sailors on holiday, the Republican Congress and President Trump are poised to enact a massive, end-of-the year tax give-away. The top 1% of American taxpayers benefit the most with hopes that some will trickle down. After spending years touting their fiscal responsibility and railing against the federal deficit, their tax proposal is expected …

Fixing Obamacare: It Can Be Done

By David Panush And John Kabateck

Capitol Weekly, October 17, 2017

Health care is something that should transcend political parties, ideological doctrines and beltway politics. As crazy as that sounds, Democrats and Republicans have found ways in the past to bridge the partisan divide on major health policy issues such as insurance for low-income children, the expansion of Medicare to include drugs, and changing the way …

Covered California Tells Insurers To Plan For The Worst

By Emily Bazar

California Healthline, June 2, 2017

Amid growing uncertainty over federal health care funding, Covered California is calling on health insurers to prepare for the worst. The state health insurance exchange Wednesday instructed participating insurers to submit alternative premium hike proposals for 2018 in the event they lose federal payments for subsidies that reduce some consumers’ out-of-pocket medical expenses. These so-called …

Here’s A Bipartisan Approach Of Simple Fixes To Reform Health Care

By John Kabateck and David Panush

The Sacramento Bee, April 12, 2017

When it comes to health reform, we don’t agree on much. As the former executive director of the National Federation of Independent Business in California, and as the former external affairs director for Covered California, we’ve mostly been on opposite sides of the table. In numerous public forums, we’ve debated the question of how best to fix …