Mental Health and Substance Use: A Crisis for California’s Youth
For adolescents, mental illnesses and substance use disorders often occur together. This report paints a picture of California youth and the behavioral health conditions they face.
New & Noteworthy
What’s in Store for Health Care from California’s Class of 2019
Xenia Shih Bion
ACA/Health Reform, Insurance Coverage, Medi-Cal
Stories That Caught Our Attention This Week: A new class of state lawmakers, including another supermajority of Democrats, has been sworn in. Several health-related bills were introduced immediately and will await Gavin Newsom when he succeeds Governor Jerry Brown in January.
How Community Colleges Can Help End California’s Doctor Shortage
Marco Angulo, MD, chose to practice family medicine in a community clinic close to where he grew up. His educational path is an important model that could help ease the primary care physician shortage in California.
Proposed Public Charge Rule Would Hurt Californians
Sandra R. Hernández
Federal officials recently proposed changes to the public charge rule for immigrants. The California Health Care Foundation's CEO shares key points from the public comment she filed with the federal government to explain how the rule would take the health care system backward — especially in California.
The Human Cost of Soaring Prescription Drug Prices
Xenia Shih Bion
ACA/Health Reform, Health Care Costs, Insurance Coverage
Stories That Caught Our Attention This Week: Sharply rising drug prices are the result of a "shadowy and byzantine system" and perverse incentives for providers, experts say, as Congress sees glimmers of a bipartisan response.
ACA Reduces Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Health Coverage Rates in California
New data from the California Health Insurance Survey show that coverage in California remained stable in 2016–17. Of particular note is how the Affordable Care Act has narrowed disparities in coverage between different racial and ethnic groups.
Substance Use in California: A Look at Addiction and Treatment
About 8% of Californians met criteria for substance use disorder, but only 10% of people with a substance use disorder received any type of treatment. CHCF's first Almanac publication to address this topic provides an overview of substance use and addiction in the state.
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.
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