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.

DHCS Releases Private Hospital-Directed Payment Encounter Files

On Sept. 8, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) uploaded three new hospital-directed payment encounter files, available via the Secure File Transfer Protocol site. It is important for hospitals to download these files as soon as possible as the site is only intended for file transfers, not ongoing storage, and uploaded files will be deleted within 45 days.  

2024 Statewide Ballot Measure Could Bring Significant Annual Funding to Health Care 

The Coalition to Protect Access to Care — a broad and diverse group of doctors, dentists, community health centers, hospitals, including CHA, Planned Parenthood, emergency responders, health plans, and health care workers — this week filed a statewide ballot measure with the California Attorney General’s office with the goal of qualifying the measure for the November 2024 ballot.  

Hospitals Remain on Uncertain Footing

Over the summer, the country’s hospitals — struggling to get back on their feet following the crippling revenue losses from the COVID-19 pandemic, skyrocketing inflation, and stagnant government funding — suffered yet another setback. According to the August “National Hospital Flash Report” from national health care consulting firm Kaufman Hall, operating margins dipped in July to a meager 1.3% (for comparison, insurance companies were above 15% in 2023). 

Federal Medicaid Proposed Regulations Webinar

CHA is hosting a webinar featuring Chad Mulvany, Vice President of Federal Policy, and Robert Ducay, Vice President of Policy. Both experts will discuss their insights and potential impacts related to these proposals. They will answer any questions you have about these proposed rules. 

FEMA Region 9/CalOES Reimbursement Update

Comments on the proposed rule are due to CMS by June 9. Join CHA’s Megan Howard and Chad Mulvany as they provide a summary of the proposed rule implications on your organization and how you can share your concerns on the impending changes.