By Ana B. Ibarra
Los Angeles Times, January 30, 2019
The number of new enrollees in Covered California plans plunged by nearly a quarter this year, largely because of the elimination of the tax penalty for people without insurance, officials announced Wednesday. The decrease was steeper than expected — and larger than the drop in new enrollment in the federal marketplace, healthcare.gov. It occurred even …
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.
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 …
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.
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 www.fun-and-easy-colonoscopy-prep.com, 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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …