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The Measles Outbreak is a Big Story. This One's Bigger.

Dan Diamond, California Healthline Contributing Editor on February 11, 2015 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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In the past 10 days, one health care story went viral: the Disneyland-centered measles outbreak. It's an important story. More than 100 Americans are infected; thousands more have been exposed. But it's probably not the most important story in health care this month. The only problem is -- which one is?

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Medicaid Expansion a Big Leap Forward for People Experiencing Homelessness

John Connolly - Insure the Uninsured Project on January 28, 2015 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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A recent report from researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council examined the experiences of four clinics for people experiencing homelessness in the wake of the Medicaid expansion in 2014. Each of the clinics was in a different state; three were in states that expanded Medicaid, and one was not. Unsurprisingly, the researchers found that many of the clinics’ previously uninsured patients and clients who are homeless have gained health coverage though Medicaid. New health coverage has made a substantial difference in individuals’ access to care, particularly in their ability to get timely, needed treatments. Not only can individuals get more regular access to services, they can now have important, life-saving surgeries that they delayed, and fill prescriptions—with ongoing, regular access to these medications—that they previously could not. These newly available treatments have been virtually indispensible for controlling many individuals’ behavioral health conditions.

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Time is Running out for the Children's Health Insurance Program

Samantha Beasley, Health Care Policy Manager, L.A. Area Chamber on January 14, 2015 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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 The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was passed into law in 1997 in order to provide health coverage to children (and pregnant women in some states) who belonged to families that didn’t qualify for Medicaid but couldn’t afford to pay for private coverage. After the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) was signed in 2009 by President Obama, health coverage for children was revitalized through increased state funding and additional programmatic options. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) then enhanced federal funding of CHIP by 23 percentage points, provided an additional $40 billion to promote Medicaid and CHIP enrollment, and authorized the program until 2019. Funding for CHIP however, runs out this year, and uncertainty about the future of this program has grown with the new leadership in the 114th Congress.

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Time is Running out for the Children's Health Insurance Program

Samantha Beasley, Health Care Policy Manager, L.A. Area Chamber on January 14, 2015 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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 The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was passed into law in 1997 in order to provide health coverage to children (and pregnant women in some states) who belonged to families that didn’t qualify for Medicaid but couldn’t afford to pay for private coverage. After the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) was signed in 2009 by President Obama, health coverage for children was revitalized through increased state funding and additional programmatic options. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) then enhanced federal funding of CHIP by 23 percentage points, provided an additional $40 billion to promote Medicaid and CHIP enrollment, and authorized the program until 2019. Funding for CHIP however, runs out this year, and uncertainty about the future of this program has grown with the new leadership in the 114th Congress.

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Health Insurance Toolkit for Small Business Owners Now Available

The Health Law Guide for Business Team on December 17, 2014 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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By now you have probably seen the commercials on TV, heard something on the radio, or even read it in this blog— open enrollment for health insurance through Covered California is happening now through Feb. 15, 2015, so there is no better time to make sure you and your employees get covered.

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Health Care Legislation a Priority for State Legislature on First Day of Session

Samantha Beasley, Health Care Policy Manager, L.A. Area Chamber on December 3, 2014 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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Last Monday, 10 new state senators and 27 new assembly members were sworn in.  Simultaneously, a number of health care-related initiatives were announced, including several carried over from last year.

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Renewing the Bridge to Reform (Section 1115 Waiver)

Samantha Beasley, Health Care Policy Manager, L.A. Area Chamber on November 19, 2014 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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At our last Health Care Council Meeting, we had a great discussion on issues to include in our 2015 advocacy agenda. In this, California’s section 1115 “Bridge to Reform” Waiver arose. Set to expire in October of 2015, the current 5-year demonstration waiver provides initiatives to invest in the state’s health care delivery system to tackle the significant changes spurred on by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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New Leadership in the Senate, and CA Voters Reject Prop 45 and 46

Samantha Beasley, Health Care Policy Manager, L.A. Area Chamber on November 7, 2014 at 8:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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Earlier this week we all woke up to a post-midterm political scene, and although the results haven’t lead to any grand predictions of sweeping regulatory or legislative health care reform in the coming state and congressional sessions, a few items are worth keeping an eye on.

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Coordinated Care for Hard-to-Reach Populations

Samantha Beasley, Health Care Policy Manager, L.A. Area Chamber on October 22, 2014 at 8:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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When it comes to getting health care coverage for Los Angeles County’s residents, some of the very hardest-to-reach populations are those who are homeless or mentally ill. Although these are people who will most likely qualify for free Medi-Cal coverage, it’s estimated that up to 77 percent don’t understand or take advantage of the social services available to them. In continuation of this Chamber’s efforts to reach our county’s residually uninsured, including the homeless and mentally ill, today our Health Care Council will be discussing regional efforts to provide comprehensive mental health services and coordinated care with Supervisor Michael Antonovich and United Way.

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One Year In: Americans and Businesses Respond to the ACA

The Health Law Guide for Business Team on October 8, 2014 at 8:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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Last month, Chamber Members heard from Hector De La Torre, executive director of the Transamerica Center for Health Studies (TCHS). As a nonprofit focused on helping consumers and businesses navigate the health care landscape, TCHS provided valuable information about the ACA’s implementation over the past year and the challenges facing our small businesses. Their most recent report, One Year In: Americans and Businesses Respond to the ACA, builds on this discussion

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