At CPAT’s November 2006 luncheons, attendees learned of important issues surrounding the federal Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA), signed by President Bush earlier this year. The Act is expected to generate $99 billion in federal entitlement reductions over the next nine years by reducing budgets for various programs and reconfiguring their current structure, including Medicaid (or Medi-Cal as it is known in California).
Because of these reductions, the DRA could have dramatic implications for California’s public health care system. This legislation mandates that each state craft its own regulations governing a variety of treatment options currently provided by Medicaid/Medi-Cal. While states have a wide degree of latitude to determine coverage guidelines, the possibility remains that current beneficiaries at or slightly above the federal poverty level could lose certain benefits or be required to increase their co-payments. Read more...
CA Access News is excited to introduce a new healthcare feature to our monthly e-newsletter. Larry Lucas, a Deputy Vice President with the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), will address health issues of concern in our state and nation. Be sure to look for Larry’s column each month next to our “In the News” section!
A Population Plus: More Americans Living Longer
You may have heard the news: America’s melting pot now boasts 300 million residents, making it the third most populous nation in the world. In just 40 years, our country has grown by more than 100 million people – a figure greater than the entire population of France. And we owe it all to an increasing number of immigrants, a healthy birth rate and added life expectancy. Read more...
The Face of AIDS in America Today
lot can happen in 25 years – an entire generation of babies are
born, grow into adults, maybe even start their own families. In 1981
Ronald Reagan was president, the United States was locked in a Cold
War and the “MTV generation” was just tuning in. It was
also 25 years ago that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) reported the first cases of a rare pneumonia and skin cancer among
gay men. These were the first recognized cases of AIDS. Read
HMO Help Center - California Department of Managed Care
The HMO Help Center provides consumers with the tools and resources needed to select an HMO plan, learn about plan benefits, and educate HMO consumers about their rights. They also help answer questions and resolve conflicts with HMO providers. The HMO Help Center is provided through the California Department of Managed Health Care, a first-in-the-nation HMO consumer rights organization, which helps California consumers resolve problems with their health plan and works to provide a more stable and financially solvent managed care system.
learn more about the HMO Help Center, visit them online at: http://www.dmhc.ca.gov/dmhc_consumer/
Year of Healthcare”
join CPAT for a complimentary luncheon and informative
January 24, 2007
January 25, 2007
sure to Save the Date for our February complimentary luncheon on
February 21, 2007
February 22, 2007
Delays Enforcing Proof-of-Citizenship Law
Health care hurdle for illegals' newborns
Higher-income beneficiaries will pay a higher Medicare premium
1. Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation “Medicare At a Glance Fact
Sheet,” July 2006.
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