Insurance & the Uninsured

Health insurance is the primary financial vehicle for obtaining access to quality medical care and for reimbursing providers who deliver care. Yet almost one in five Californians is uninsured, a number that will shrink with the implementation of federal health reform. CHCF reports analyze trends in employer-sponsored coverage as well as public programs and the uninsured.

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In Transition: Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Reflect on Their Move to Medi-Cal Managed Care

April 2014

In 2011, seniors and people with disabilities in 16 counties were moved from fee-for-service Medi-Cal to managed care. Most were satisfied.

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.

Briefing — Covered California: Early Enrollment Experiences

Held: April 14, 2014

Hear about interviews and focus groups with a diverse group of people that used Covered California to apply for private insurance or Medi-Cal in the early months of ACA enrollment.

Expanding the Universal Medication Schedule: A Patient-Centered Approach

March 2014

Clear labeling of prescription pill bottles promotes adherence and safety. This CHCF-funded report has recommendations for other self-administered drugs.

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.

Early Evidence, Future Promise of Connected Health

February 2014

Three articles in the February issue of Health Affairs examine the benefits and challenges presented by telehealth and how to prepare for Medicaid expansion.

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.

California Employer Health Benefits Survey: Workers Feel the Pinch

January 2014

California workers are less likely to be offered employer-based coverage than in recent years, according to this survey, and workers who are covered pay more in premiums and cost sharing.

The Oregon Health Insurance Experiment

January 2014

In 2008, Oregon held a lottery to expand its Medicaid program. Research finds the first two years of coverage increased individuals' health care access and use, lowered out-of-pocket costs and medical debt, and improved mental health, but did not improve health in other areas.

California's Uninsured: By the Numbers

December 2013

Who are California's uninsured? This annual Almanac report provides data on those who are uninsured and their income levels, work status, age, and ethnicity.

Briefing — Monitoring Performance: A Dashboard of Medi-Cal Managed Care

Held: December 17, 2013

Learn about the dashboard used by the California Department of Health Care Services to monitor the performance of Medi-Cal managed care and participating health plans, including measures of care quality, consumer experience, and health plan finances.

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.

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.

Tangled Web: Sorting Out Long Term Care Information Options

November 2013

What do caregivers and older adults find when they search online for information about long term care options? An analysis of long term care websites uncovers the range of business models and content on the Internet.

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