Jim Watkins is the head of the Research and Analytic Studies Division of the California Department of Health Care Services.


Recent Posts by Jim Watkins

Amid ACA Uncertainty, Covered California’s Risk Profile Remains Stable

One of the constant concerns about the ACA and the status of the exchanges involves the average health status of enrollees in these state Marketplaces. Results reveal encouraging news, for amid talk of death spirals, it suggests Covered California continues to attract a healthy mix of enrollees.

Health Risk Continues To Improve In Covered California

The health risk scores of enrollees for individual plans in the California exchange have stabilized in the second year (regressed to the mean), with risk being more evenly distributed across all of the plans, and the overall risk score statewide for enrollees with chronic conditions has decreased.