Listening to Californians with Low Incomes
Listening to Californians with Low Incomes: Health Care Access, Experiences, and Concerns Since the COVID-19 Pandemic is a compilation of early findings from a statewide survey of the health care experiences of California’s residents. The survey included an oversampling of residents with low incomes.
New & Noteworthy
Getting to Care: A Look at Medi-Cal’s Transportation Benefit
Athena Chapman, Elizabeth Evenson, Len Finocchio, Shawn Blosser
In 2016 California lawmakers expanded Medi-Cal coverage to provide more comprehensive coverage for the cost of transportation to medical services. This report provides an overview of the implementation and experiences of this expanded benefit.
Mergers and Acquisitions: A Practical Guide for Community Health Centers
Greg Facktor & Associates, Regina Boyle, Curt Degenfelder
Many Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are exploring acquisitions and mergers as a means of ensuring sustainability, expanding services, and maintaining patient access to basic health care services in underserved areas. CHCF has created this manual to provide support and guidance for FQHCs contemplating a consolidation with another provider entity.
California’s Progress Toward Parity in Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services
October 6, 2020
While California law has been strengthened to provide parity protections for all mental health and substance abuse disorders, big opportunities for improvement remain.
Hanging On to Coverage?
Katherine Wilson, Laurel Lucia
Millions of Californians lost jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. But early information from California’s insurance regulators suggests that — at least through June — the number of Californians with job-based health insurance has not changed as dramatically as feared. This may help partially explain why the state’s Medicaid program, Medi-Cal, has not yet experienced a big surge in enrollment.
Working Californians Enrolled in Medi-Cal Share Their Stories
NORC at the University of Chicago, UC Berkeley Labor Center
Medi-Cal covers close to three million working Californians. Many became eligible because the ACA expanded the program to more adults with low incomes. This report combines key findings from survey data with insights from in-depth interviews with enrollees to paint a picture of working Californians who rely on Medi-Cal, why they came to enroll in the program, and the role it plays in their lives.
The Future of the Affordable Care Act
Expanding Health Coverage
This collection highlights key resources on the impact of the ACA in California and the potential consequences if the law is abolished. The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg makes it even more difficult to predict the Supreme Court’s ruling in an upcoming federal lawsuit that seeks to invalidate the ACA. The ACA may also be shaped by actions of the president and Congress in the coming months and years.
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