Health & Human Services News Briefs
February 7, 2019
Covered California Releases Options to Improve Health Insurance Market Affordability Report
On February 1, 2019, Covered California has released their health care affordability report to the Governor, Legislature, and Council on Health Care Delivery Systems. Covered California’s report describes how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has advanced the individual health insurance market, while acknowledging the remaining affordability challenges. The report details three options to improving affordability for individual market enrollees and the eligible uninsured and an overview of key policy and decisions needed to implement the affordability options.
$500 million in HEAP Funding Awarded
The Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council has announced that all eligible entities applied for and were awarded a total of $500 million in Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) funding. The grant funds were distributed among 11 large cities and 43 Continuums of Care (COCs).
The $500 million one-time funding provides immediate assistance for homeless individuals and individuals risk of homelessness. The only requirements were that the money be used to address homelessness, that each city or county declares a shelter crisis in order to receive money and that five percent of all grants must be used for emergency assistance for homeless youth.