2019 Edition — Health Disparities by Race and Ethnicity
California is the most racially diverse state in the country, and addressing health disparities experienced by people of color is critically important. This Almanac report shows that people of color face barriers to accessing health care, often receive suboptimal treatment, and are most likely to experience poor outcomes in the health care system.
New & Noteworthy
Left Behind in California: Comparing Community Paramedicine Policies Across States
Janet Coffman, Connie Kwong
This overview of state laws governing community paramedicine across the US can inform California's efforts to build upon its ongoing pilot community paramedicine project. Read the brief and explore an interactive map of the US to learn about legislation in each state.
Expanding Payer and Provider Participation in Data Exchange
This report outlines a spectrum of policy, contracting, and financing levers available to states working to advance interoperability, with a special focus on California's potential paths forward.
CIN Connections, Fall 2019: Improving Care for California’s Future
Health Care Costs
This issue of CIN Connections features insights on California's policy landscape from California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly and California Senator Holly Mitchell, tips on building a new model for complex care, and CIN partners' future goals in tackling CIN priority areas.
Help Wanted: Californians’ Views and Experiences of Serious Illness and End-of-Life Care
PerryUndem Research/Communication, Jen Joynt
Serious Illness & End-of-Life Care
In 2019, CHCF commissioned a statewide survey to better understand the type of medical care and services Californians would prefer to receive if they had a serious illness or if they were approaching the end of life, and to explore the experiences of those actually dealing with these issues themselves or with loved ones. This report shares selected findings from the survey, including key differences by race/ethnicity and income level.
Voluntary Behavioral Health Integration in Medi-Cal: What Can Be Achieved Under Current Law
Anil Shankar, Diane Ung
Behavioral Health, Medi-Cal
This paper was prepared by two attorneys with extensive experience in structuring Medicaid financing for safety-net providers. It explores different contracting structures through which a county could lead efforts to create opportunities for integration of physical and behavioral health care.
CHCF Health Innovation Fund
From ending the opioid crisis to making care affordable for all, solving health care's most intractable challenges will require innovative solutions. The CHCF Health Innovation Fund invests in market-based solutions with the potential to improve access and health outcomes for low-income Californians.