In Case You Missed It: UC Berkeley Study: COVID-19 Has Already Cost California Health Plans $2.4 Billion

Researchers at the Nicholas C. Petris Center at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health this week released a new study finding that the COVID-19 pandemic has cost California’s public and private insurers an estimated $2.4 billion dollars in testing and treatment. This amounts to about six times the annual cost to treat seasonal influenza in California.

In Case You Missed It: Fierce Healthcare: COVID-19 Could Cost Insurers up to $547 Billion Through 2021: Report

The consulting firm Wakely on June 3, 2020 released a study analyzing the costs of medical services tied to COVID-19. The study, commissioned by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), analyzes the COVID-19 cost impacts to health plans operating in the commercial, Medicare Advantage, and Medicaid managed care markets from 2020 to 2021. The news website Fierce Healthcare published an article on the findings of the study.

The California Association of Health Plans Respond to Governor’s May Budget Revise

Today, the California Association of Health Plans released a statement in response to the Governor’s May revision of the 2020-2021 budget proposal.

California’s Health Plans Providing Critical Support to Patients, Communities, and Providers Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

California’s health plans are stepping up in extraordinary ways to address the needs of patients and to keep the health care system strong during the Coronavirus pandemic.

CAHP Applauds Covered California, DHCS Actions to Address COVID-19 Crisis

CAHP today applauded the critical steps taken by state leaders at Covered California and the Department of Health Care Services to extend the open enrollment period and make it easier for people to access coverage during the COVID-19 crisis.

CAHP Names New Vice President of State Medicaid Policy and Legislative Advocate

CAHP today announced that two new staff members have joined their team. Amber Kemp will serve as Vice President of State Medicaid Policy and Jedd Hampton as Legislative Advocate.

CAHP Issues Statement on Covered California’s Robust Enrollment Increase

CAHP today applauded Covered California’s announcement that more than 400,000 people have signed up for health insurance coverage through the state’s health care marketplace during the most recent open-enrollment period. This represents the highest enrollment numbers since 2016 and is 41% higher than last year’s figure of more than 295,000 people who enrolled.

CAHP Infographic: California's Health Care Dollar

The vast majority of health plan spending in California goes to pay for medical services like hospital and doctor visits, prescription drugs, lab tests, x-rays, and medical supplies. In 2018, health plans spent more than $164 billion, or 88 cents out of every health plan dollar, on medical care.

CAHP Issues Statement On Appointment of New DHCS Director Dr. Brad Gilbert

CAHP today issued a statement in response to Gov. Gavin Newsom appointing Dr. Brad Gilbert as the director of the Department of Health Care Services.

CAHP Issues Statement On Supreme Court Ruling Regarding ‘Public Charge’ Rule

CAHP today issued a statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Jan. 27 decision to lift the nationwide injunction on the Trump Administration’s “public charge” rule, which would discriminate against immigrants who rely on public benefits.

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