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 New Federal Health Care Law

Statewide and Regional Data Books, California Simulation of Insurance Markets (CalSIM) version 1.8
March 2013

» Statewide Data Book PDF
» Regional Data Book PDF

These data books provide detailed tables of results from the California Simulation of Insurance Markets (CalSIM) model, both statewide and for seven California regions and selected counties.

Methodology & Assumptions, California Simulation of Insurance Markets (CalSIM) Version 1.8
March 2013

» Methodology & Assumptions PDF

This document outlines the data, methods, and assumptions used in version 1.8 of the California Simulation of Insurance Markets (CalSIM) model.

Calculator: How Much Would a Family Save Under the President's Health Reform Proposal?Calculator: How Much Will a Family Save Under the New Federal Health Law?
Updated May 2013

» National Calculator
» California Calculator

Enter household and enrollee information and this interactive calculator estimates how much individuals and families will spend on premiums under the health law.

Interactive MapEligibility in 2014: Interactive Map showing how many are newly eligible for Medi-Cal and subsidies through Covered California

» Health Care Interactive Map

Access CalSIM eligibility data for every region and for 6 large counties. Click on any county to see how many Californians are predicted to be newly eligible for Medi-Cal and Covered California subsidies. The map includes links to the CalSIM 1.8 Regional Databook for more information about the newly eligible such as income level, current insurance status, age, gender and race.

Modified Adjusted Gross Income under the Affordable Care Act
November 2013
Modified Adjusted Gross Income under the Affordable Care Act PDF
This fact sheet summarizes the components of Modified Adjusted Gross Income, which will be the basis for calculating eligibility for Medicaid and subsidized health insurance through the Exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.
» Press Coverage

What Information Do Unions Need to Make Informed Health Care Bargaining Decisions?
July 2011
» Survey PDF
This tool provides suggestions to unions about information collection and member surveys in preparation for making informed decisions in negotiations with employers over health benefits as the Affordable Care Act is implemented.

Bargaining guidance

UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, “Guide for Union Negotiators” PDF
Updated June 2012
This guide describes some of the key Affordable Care Act provisions as they apply to union plans, outlines the implementation timeline, and discusses considerations for union negotiators.

Federal law summaries

UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, “Affordable Care Act: Summary of Provisions Affecting Employer-Sponsored Insurance” PDF
Updated January 2014
This summary addresses common questions from unions and employers about the impact that the federal health reform law will have on employer-sponsored insurance.

UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, “Health Care Summary of Health Care Reform Legislation Provisions Affecting Children, Non-Elderly Adults and Employers” PDF
Updated June 2012
A detailed summary of key provisions of the new health care reform law that affect individuals and employers, including Medicaid expansion and Children's Health Insurance Program changes, eligibility for the new health insurance exchange, premium and cost sharing subsidies, reform of health plan standards, employer and individual responsibility requirements, small business tax credits, funding for retiree coverage and tax changes.

AFL-CIO, “Health Care Reform Fact vs. Fiction” PDF

Senate Democratic Policy Committee, “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as Passed, Section-by-Section Analysis” PDF


AFL-CIO, “The Affordable Care Act Timeline” PDF

California Health Care Foundation, “Insurance Provisions of the Affordable Care Act: An Implementation Timeline for California” PDF

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Key Features of the Affordable Care Act, By Year”

California laws and impact

Health Access, "Implementing and Improving Federal Health Reform in California" PDF
This document lists the health reform laws signed and vetoed by the Governor in Fall 2010.

Health Access, “What Does Health Reform Mean for the Coverage of California’s Families?” PDF

UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, “Eligibility for Medi-Cal and the Health Insurance Exchange in California under the Affordable Care Act” PDF
This issue brief analyzes the impact that the federal health reform law will have on California.

White House, “The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for California”


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Ensuring the Affordable Care Act Serves the American People”

Seniors and Retirees

Alliance for Retired Americans, “How Seniors Benefit from the New Health Care Law” PDF, “The Affordable Care Act’s Early Retiree Reinsurance Program” PDF

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Early Retiree Reinsurance Program: State by State Participating Employers” PDF


National Immigration Law Center, “How are Immigrants Included in Health Care Reform?” PDF

 San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance Resources

About the San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance PDF

Report of the San Francisco Universal Healthcare Council PDF

San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance - Text PDF

Healthy San Francisco (the San Francisco Health Access Program website)

City and County of San Francisco Labor Standards Enforcement information on the Health Care Security Ordinance

San Francisco's Latest Innovation: Universal Health Care
TIME, June 23, 2006

San Francisco may get universal health care
USA Today, July, 7, 2006

S.F. plan a path to universal health care
San Francisco Chronicle, July, 12, 2006

San Francisco Plans to Offer Healthcare to Unisured Residents
Los Angeles Times, July 20, 2006

 Health Care Data

Employer Health Benefits Annual Survey (chart packs)
Annual survey provides wealth of data on national trends in employer-sponsored health insurance, including costs of premiums and prescription drugs, retiree health benefits, employer changes to health care coverage in light of rising costs, and employer cost-sharing models, among other features.

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National insurance coverage data: US Census Bureau “Health Insurance Data”
Site offers national figures on the percentage of the population insured (both employer- and government-sponsored) and uninsured, as well as year-over-year changes in insurance coverage.  Also includes “Table Creator” function, allowing for creation of unique tables from a wide range of user-defined categories.

California insurance coverage data: California Health Interview Survey
Site offers data on wide range of California health care issues, including insured and uninsured populations, disaggregated by demographic and geographic characteristics.  “Ask CHIS” function provides a wealth of data on trends in employer-sponsored health insurance coverage. Note: access to CHIS data requires (free) web sign-up and log-in.

Health Care Costs: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey
Data on nationwide health care use and costs from the comprehensive federal survey of households, nursing homes, medical providers, and employers.

Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts Web Site provides free, up-to-date and easy-to-use health data on all 50 states and on more than 500 health topics. The data are collected from a variety of public and private sources. To improve users’ ability to make comparisons across the states, attempts to provide information that is collected with a consistent methodology across the states and DC.

National Health Interview Survey
Conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics, this continuous survey illuminates the health care status of the US civilian population.  Data on illness and disability, and utilization of health care services.

 Health Care Research Organizations

National think tank and advocacy organization, dedicated to the goal of affordable, quality health care for all Americans.  Website includes recent health care news, resources and publications on relevant health care issues (nationally and state-by-state), and advocacy tools for grassroots orgs.

UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
University-based center offers a wealth of publications and data sources on health care issues, particularly relating to underserved populations—immigrants, racial and ethnic minorities, low-income communities, people with disabilities, the elderly, women and children.

The Commonwealth Fund
A national grant-making organization and think-tank, working towards affordable and efficient health care access for vulnerable populations.  Website includes a wealth of content tracking new developments in health care, and policy reports on topics such as children’s health, Medicare, and state health policy.

Employee Benefits Research Institute
Non-partisan center offers reports and extensive data on national health care issues. Particularly notable are the annual EBRI “Health Confidence” and “Small Employer Health Benefits” surveys, and the organization’s ongoing research project, “Exploring the Business Case for Offering Health Benefits.

Kaiser Family Foundation
A non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the nation. The Foundation is an independent voice and source of facts and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the general public.

California HealthCare Foundation
An independent philanthropy; website provides resources for independent research, analysis, and news on issues affecting health care delivery and financing.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is one of the largest funders of health and health care research in the United States. The website’s research center provides tools for conducting health care research, including original data sets from sponsored research, articles on methodology, reports of sponsored research, and more.

Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy, Health, Economic and Family Security Program
The Warren Institute’s Health, Economic and Family Security program, at the UC Berkeley School of Law, focuses on developing and promoting integrated policy solutions to address problems stemming from the rising insecurity of American workers and families. It is advancing research and policy solutions in the area of health care reform with a goal of universal health care at the federal level, while supporting local and state efforts to provide greater access to health care in the absence of federal action.

Health Access
Health Access is the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition advocating for quality, affordable health care for all Californians. Its website includes fact sheets, papers, and reports prepared by Health Access and other independent analysts.


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