State highlights: Calif. Governor's budget to include $670M in new Medi-Cal spending; Mass. launches new electronic health records updates

Published on January 10, 2014 at 9:56 AM · No Comments

Georgia Health News: New Laws On Health? Probably Not Many This Year
A safe prediction for the upcoming session of the Georgia General Assembly is that dozens of bills involving health care will be up for consideration. That's the case every year under the Gold Dome. But given the likelihood this year of a short session, ending in mid-March, it's also a good bet that many health bills will be sidetracked or stalled before they come to a vote. (Miller, 1/8).

The California Health Report: For Homeless Women, Health Insurance Not Enough
More than 1.4 million California residents will be newly eligible for Medi-Cal under the ACA, including up to 55,000, or 53 percent, of chronically homeless people. The expansion includes dental care, and treatments for mental illness and basic substance abuse, services that the homeless population needs desperately. Homeless women present additional challenges to shelters and clinics: many are victims of sexual assault, need preventative treatments like mammograms, and require childcare in order to get to doctors' appointments. So for the ACA to really work, housing providers, clinics and policymakers will have to work together to coordinate care (Amandolare, 1/9).

California Healthline: Blue Shield Disagrees With Jones' Assessment Of Premium Rate Hike
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones yesterday strongly condemned a recent rate hike by Blue Shield of California. The 9.8 percent rate hike will affect about 81,000 grandfathered individual market policies, according to Jones. … Jones said the rate hike doesn't measure up based on a number of criteria, including overblown assumptions about growth in utilization of services, he said. … In a written statement, Blue Shield's vice president of corporate communications Stephen Shivinsky said the DOI numbers don't add up (Gorn, 1/8).

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.orgThis article was reprinted from with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.


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