Current Issues

Current Issues

Health Care Reform

Reforms under the Affordable Care Act have brought an end to some of the worst abuses of the insurance industry. These reforms have given Americans new rights and benefits, by helping more children get health coverage, ending lifetime and most annual limits on care, allowing young adults under 26 to stay on their parent's health insurance, and giving patients access to recommended preventive services without cost.

As discussions ensue in Congress on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, it is important to remember that it is still the law of the land, and there are many health care advocates fighting to preserve all that the law has helped the country gain. Please check this page for updates.

Health Care 2017

California State Budget

Gov. Brown's 2017-2018 Proposed Budget, Impact on Community Health Centers - 2017-2-9

Early Analysis of the May Revise Budget - 2017-5-15
 

Community Health Centers

California Health+Advocates Resources - Regular updates

NACHC Health Center Advocacy Network - Regular updates

Political Landscape and Implications for Health Centers- 2017-5-31

Potential Changes to the ACA-Comprehensive Overview- 2016-12-9

Community Health Centers: Recent Growth and the Role of the ACA- 2017-1-18

Value of Community Health Centers Profile for California- 2017-2-13

 

Medicaid

Medicaid Basics- 2017-1-3

Medicaid State Fact Sheets - 2017-1-3

5 Key Questions: Medicaid Block Grants & Per Capita Caps- 2017-1-31

Essential Facts About Block-Granting Medicaid - 2017-2-21

How Medicaid Helps Your State: California - 2017-2-21

Role of Medicaid in Substance Use Treatment - 2017-1-27

GOP Considers Major Medicaid Changes - 2017-2-23

Repeal and Replace Plans

First Look: House Releases ACA “Repeal and Replace” Bill-2017-3-7

Early Analysis of AHCA Amendment and Impact on Medicaid Program-2017-04-21

NEW! AHCA Summary Adopted by U.S. House of Representatives- 2017-05-04

 

Rural Talking Points

Rural Talking Points - 2017-2-13

Managed Care

The term managed care is used to describe a variety of techniques intended to reduce the costs of providing health benefits and improve the quality of care for organizations that provide services. This is accomplished through a variety of mechanisms including:  economic incentives for physicians and patients to select less costly forms of care; programs for reviewing the medical necessity of specific services; increased beneficiary cost sharing; controls on inpatient admissions and lengths of stay; the establishment of cost-sharing incentives for outpatient surgery; selective contracting with health care providers; and the intensive management of high cost health care cases. For more information on managed care visit the website for one of our health plan partners, Partnership HealthPlan of California.