CAHP Statement: CAHP Issues Response to Newsom's State-of-the-State Address

California Association of Health Plans President and CEO Charles Bacchi issued a statement today in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s first state-of-the-state address.

CAHP Statement: CAHP Issues Statement Applauding Governor’s Bold New Health Care Agenda

California Association of Health Plans (CAHP) President and CEO Charles Bacchi made a statement regarding Governor Gavin Newsom’s new health care agenda.

CAHP Statement: CAHP Joins California Health Care Community In Joint Media Statement Opposing ACA Ruling

If one can take a moment to make their way through the partisanship, the politics, and the perceptions (right or wrong), the Affordable Care Act is really about just one thing: people.

CAHP Statement: Federal Court Ruling Striking Down ACA

CAHP President and CEO Charles Bacchi made a statement regarding the District Court decision in TX v. United States of America on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

CAHP Statement: Renewed SB 17 Lawsuit Signals PhRMA’s Continued Unwillingness to Acknowledge Their Outsized Role in the High-Priced Drug Crisis

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) has re-filed its lawsuit against SB 17, California’s drug price transparency legislation. PhRMA’s action comes just one month after a federal judge dismissed the organization’s previous lawsuit and offers a clear sign that the group intends to continue its efforts to keep patients in the dark about prescription drug pricing.

CAHP Statement: SB 1156 Supporters Undeterred by Governor’s Decision to Veto Bill

A broad coalition of concerned consumer, labor, and health care groups today expressed their disappointment in Governor Brown’s decision to veto SB 1156 -- a bill that would have discouraged certain dialysis providers and loosely regulated residential treatment centers throughout California from inappropriately shifting patients into commercial coverage in order to receive higher reimbursements for inflated and unnecessary medical claims. This practice has been particularly harmful to vulnerable individuals suffering from opioid addiction and kidney disease.

CAHP Statement: California Association of Health Plans President & CEO Releases Statement on 2019 Individual Market Rates

Covered California today announced health insurance rates for 2019, citing an average weighted statewide rate change of 8.7% as the exchange moves into its sixth year of operation. The rates reflect the ongoing changes to the Affordable Care Act at the federal level, particularly the decision to repeal the requirement to purchase health insurance coverage, as well as continued increased spending on medical care and several other factors.

CAHP Statement: The California Association of Health Plans Announces New Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs

The California Association of Health Plans (CAHP) today announced that Stephanie Shirkey has joined its staff as Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs. She will manage CAHP’s regulatory efforts with the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) and other stakeholders on behalf of CAHP’s 48 full-service health plans.

In Case You Missed It - Politico: New Jersey Will Become Second State to Enact Individual Health Insurance Mandate

A May 30 Politico article by Katie Jennings reports that New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed into law a bill that will require all New Jerseyans to have health insurance. The new law reinstates the individual mandate beginning Jan. 1, 2019. The federal government repealed the mandate late last year and it officially expires in 2019.

CAHP Statement: California’s Uninsured Expected to Increase by 500,000 to 1.2 Million Without Coverage Requirement: CAHP Urges Support for Coverage Requirement and Increased Subsidies

During today’s Covered California Board meeting, analyses provided by Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) and UCLA/UC Berkeley CalSIM show that the number of California’s uninsured is estimated to increase by 500,000 to 1.2 million. This is due to the federal government’s decision last year to eliminate the individual mandate to buy health insurance and to halt Cost Sharing Reductions (CSR’s) for low income individuals and families.

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