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Every Californian deserves access to health care, the most basic of needs, so they can live fruitful, productive lives that contribute to the betterment of the state in so many ways.

Today, more than 93% of Californians have some form of health insurance, providing them access to care for wellness, chronic disease, emergency needs, and life-threatening illnesses. This is significant progress toward universal coverage, but more must be done to ensure equitable access to care, especially for populations that have endured far too long without care.

CHA Issues Summary of Proposed Rule on ACA Coverage, Updated Payment Parameters for 2022

CHA has issued a members-only summary, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, Inc., of the recently released proposed rule that proposes certain payment parameters and additional policy changes for health insurance issuers and the health insurance marketplaces (exchanges), applicable to the 2022 plan year and beyond. The proposed rule is intended to expand access to Affordable Care Act coverage through the exchanges.   

Supreme Court Throws Out Challenge to Affordable Care Act

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a lawsuit seeking to strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA), finding that Republican-led states and individual plaintiffs behind the case lacked legal standing to challenge the law.   The Trump administration had supported the lawsuit, which argued that the ACA was rendered unconstitutional after Congress got rid of the penalty for not having health insurance […]

CMS to Host Webinar on Structural Racism in Health Care

On April 27 and 28, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health will host a two-day virtual forum highlighting its renewed focus on health equity, addressing structural racism in health care, and establishing federal agencies’ roles as equity partners.  

HRSA Announces Grants to Improve Maternal Health in Rural Communities

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) federal Office of Rural Health Policy has announced a grant opportunity to improve maternal health in rural communities. The Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) Program will test a network approach to improving maternal health access and outcomes in rural regions.  

HRSA to Host April 13 Webinar on COVID-19 Uninsured Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration will host a webinar on April 13 at 11 a.m. (PT) on the COVID-19 Uninsured Program, which reimburses providers for testing, treating, and administering COVID-19 vaccines to uninsured individuals. More information is available in a frequently asked questions document. 

Biden Administration Orders Review of ‘Public Charge’ Rule

On Feb. 2, President Biden signed an executive order focused on immigration policy. Included in the order are instructions to relevant federal agencies to review actions implementing the previous administration’s “public charge” rule, which allows immigration officials to consider legal immigrants’ use of federal nutrition, housing, and health programs – including Medicaid – in their applications for residency. 

President Biden Signs Executive Order on Medicaid and ACA Coverage

President Biden has signed an executive order intended to strengthen Medicaid and Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage by requiring the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to reconsider several policies. In addition, HHS will open a special enrollment period for plans on the federal exchanges from Feb. 15 to May 15.