Health Policy

California's large and turbulent health care environment presents real challenges for stakeholders to be effective agents of change in setting health policy. From managed care to managing the health care workforce, CHCF presents the facts about health care in California.

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Small Employer Coverage Under the ACA: California vs. Federal Provisions

April 2014

Health insurance products under the ACA are subject to federal and state regulation. This table compares the rules applicable to small employer groups.

In Their Own Words: Consumers' and Enrollment Counselors' Experiences with Covered California

April 2014

How did consumers fare when signing up for ACA coverage in California? Early research shows a mixed bag.

Moving Markets: Lessons from New Hampshire's Health Care Price Transparency Experiment

April 2014

CHCF and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supported an examination of New Hampshire price transparency measures in health care markets.

SIRUM: Supporting Initiatives to Redistribute Unused Medicine

March 2014

CHCF invests in SIRUM, a committed group of social entrepreneurs who run an application that matches safety-net clinics in need of drugs with medical facilities that have them to donate.

Benefit and Coverage Rules Under the ACA: California vs. Federal Provisions

March 2014

Health insurance products under the ACA are subject to federal and state regulation. This table compares the rules for essential benefits, levels of coverage, and cost sharing.

Harnessing Health Data for Counties

February 2014

Data have the potential to dramatically improve decisionmaking at all levels of government, but only if elected officials can do so without being overwhelmed with information.

Beyond Meaningful Use: Perspectives on HIT Progress in California

January 2014

Is the goal line in site for California? Experts and stakeholders measure the distance to achieving widespread use of HIT.

Health Reform in Translation

January 2014

A series of fact sheets and infographics demystify technical topics that are central to understanding the implementation of health reform in California.

Monitoring Performance: A Dashboard of Medi-Cal Managed Care

December 2013

This first publicly reported dashboard of Medi-Cal managed care shows areas of strength and opportunities for improvement.

Briefing — Inside the Black Box: The Future of Price Transparency in California

Held: December 9, 2013

This Sacramento briefing explored the state of pricing transparency, provided examples of effective practices for sharing price information, and covered potential strategies for driving transparency forward in California.

Individual Coverage Under the ACA: California vs. Federal Provisions

December 2013

The marketplace for Californians buying individual health coverage after January 1, 2014, will be affected by both federal and state laws and regulations. This side-by-side comparison table gives an overview of their similarities and differences.

On the Path to Enrollment: Getting Californians Covered Under the ACA

October 2013

Applying for health insurance under the ACA is a challenge. Help is standing by for Californians trying to navigate their way to enrollment.

Rights and Requirements: A Guide to Privacy and Security of Health Information in California

October 2013

Protecting patients' personal health information is key. This report describes the matrix of federal and California laws that protect their information and address any breaches.

Briefing — Payment Reform: Changing How We Pay for Health Care

Held: September 27, 2013

Learn about how we pay for care, as well as new payment models with the potential to deliver better value, such as accountable care organizations (ACOs).

Arranged Marriages: The Evolution of ACO Partnerships in California

September 2013

Accountable care organizations are springing up across California in an effort to reduce costs and improve care. How have ACO contracting arrangements evolved regionally?

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