About Medi-Cal

More than 15 million Californians rely on Medi-Cal, the state’s health care coverage safety net, for health insurance. Two-thirds of those on Medi-Cal are people of color and often live in communities with a lack of adequate health care providers. Without significant investments to support providers that deliver health care to California’s most vulnerable, millions living in rural and underserved areas are in jeopardy.

CHA Issues Summary of Proposed Rule to Expand Health Care Access to DACA Recipients

CHA has issued a members-only summary, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, Inc., of the proposed rule released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to amend regulatory definitions of “lawfully present” in specific health programs. These proposed changes would allow Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients to enroll in the programs. Comments are due to CMS by 2 p.m. (PT) on June 23.  

CMS Issues Proposed Rules on Medicaid Access and Payment Rates

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued two proposed rules related to Medicaid programs. The proposed rules are designed to improve access to care, quality, and health outcomes, and better promote health equity for Medicaid beneficiaries across fee-for-service and managed care delivery systems. Comments on both proposed rules are due to CMS by 2 p.m. (PT) on July 3.  

U.S House Holds Multiple Hearings on Hospital Issues

CHA thanks members for responding to the targeted alert calling for hospitals to contact their congressional representatives ahead of the four House subcommittee hearings on transparency, disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments, outpatient payments, 340B, physician-owned hospitals, tax-exempt status, and many other hospital issues.   

New Report Shows Patients Served by One in Five California Hospitals Are at Risk of Losing Their Hospital Due to Closure

SACRAMENTO (April 12, 2023) — The latest report from national health care management consulting firm Kaufman Hall shows that one in five California hospitals — dozens throughout the state — is at risk of closure. Hospitals have faced a perfect storm of COVID-related losses, crippling inflation, and systemic underfunding by government payers — Medi-Cal and […]