Health Reform

Health Reform: Its Economic Impact on California

As with any piece of federal lawmaking, the ACA was the product of political compromise among parties and interests. Hence, it is not the dramatic change its supporters had hoped for, and it goes much further than its detractors would prefer. The focus of this analysis, though, is not on the policies embedded in the ACA, but rather on their cumulative economic impact.

Contributors

Micah Weinberg, PhD
Micah Weinberg, PhD
Economic Institute, President
Patrick Kallerman
Patrick Kallerman
Economic Institute, Research Manager
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A Pragmatic Approach to Medicaid Reform

A series of proposals at the federal level have focused on Medicaid, the healthcare coverage program for low-income people that goes by the name “Medi-Cal” in California. There has been an intense focus, in particular, on the budgetary cost of coverage through this program...
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A Study of Affordable Care Act Competitiveness in California

California was the first state to pass enabling legislation and create its own insurance marketplace following the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Since then, the state has been a leader in the implementation of the ACA and has reduced the uninsured rate from 17.2 percent in 2012 to 8.1 percent in 2015 while seeing some of the lowest premium rate increases in the country...
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Mainstreaming Medi-Cal

Improving the Medi-Cal program is not simply about raising reimbursement levels. There are important reforms that will get the state better value for its spending on Medi-Cal, many of which are being advanced through a landmark agreement that California has just negotiated with the federal government.
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The Economic Impact of the Affordable Care Act on California

As with any piece of federal lawmaking, the ACA was the product of political compromise among parties and interests. Hence, it is not the dramatic change its supporters had hoped for, and it goes much further than its de- tractors would prefer. The focus of this analysis, though, is not on the policies embedded in the ACA, but rather on their cumulative economic impact.