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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August 25, 2015
In the first full year of ACA health insurance marketplace operation, the uninsured rate reached a new low, and a smaller share of Californians delayed or skipped necessary medical care, according to new 2014 survey data added to CHCF's ACA 411 interactive web tool.
Consumers seeking information about a health plan's prescription drug benefits face a lot of obstacles. How can medication benefits be more accessible and easy to use?
A mandatory report to the California legislature provides an official reckoning of how many residents have gained health insurance and through which pathways.
The July Health Affairs focuses on how Medicaid has reshaped care delivery and how it can leverage its influence as a dominant player to push additional reforms.
July 15, 2015
Medi-Cal spends more than $90 billion caring for millions of Californians, including the most vulnerable among us. The program must ensure that the care is of high quality and that limited tax dollars are spent wisely. Can it rise to the challenges?
A longtime observer of California's health insurance marketplace describes how the state could reduce redundancy in regulation under the Affordable Care Act.
Gaps in access to care still disproportionately affect people in poor health and those with disabilities. Researchers compared Medi-Cal with employer-based coverage and Medicaid in other states.
Held: July 6, 2015
Hear about the operational, policy, business, and technical challenges in developing and maintaining accurate, consumer-friendly integrated provider directories that centralize data from multiple carriers.
July 1, 2015
To celebrate 50 years of Medicare and Medicaid, various organizations, institutions, and advocacy groups are holding events or encouraging reflections on what the programs have accomplished and how they might achieve their goals more fully. CHCF has compiled the following list of resources.
Held: June 11, 2015
Hear experts discuss how waivers are being used to promote system improvement, delve into California's experiences with and lessons from the current waiver, and explore opportunities in the latest waiver renewal application.
June 10, 2015
Held: June 9, 2015
New research by state officials and university partners on the characteristics, health care usage, and spending associated with Medi-Cal's high-cost populations was offered in a March 4 symposium as well as a June 9 webinar.
May 20, 2015
May 19, 2015
The Children's Health Insurance Program extension provides an important opportunity to improve health care for children, but the news is not all good.
Consumers with chronic diseases face challenging trade-offs when choosing health coverage, especially when it comes to out-of-pocket drug costs. We offer five examples.
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