2019 Edition — California Health Insurers
California Health Insurers: Large Insurers Remain on Top provides a snapshot of the insurance market in California at the end of 2017. This Almanac report looks at market share, enrollment, financial performance, and consumer satisfaction.
New & Noteworthy
Proposed Poverty Calculation Would Make More People Ineligible for Medicaid
May 17, 2019
Xenia Shih Bion
ACA/Health Reform, Medi-Cal, Payment & Financing
Stories That Caught Our Attention This Week: The Trump administration is seeking public comment on possible changes to the formula that sets the federal poverty guideline — an action that could reduce access to safety-net programs for millions.
Committed Physician Recruits Young People to Diversify Health Care Workforce
May 16, 2019
Jocelyn Freeman Garrick, a no-nonsense doctor from Oakland’s Highland Hospital, is on the lookout for youth from low-income families who could become future nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, and more.
How Do Low-Income Californians Experience Health Care?
April 30, 2019
Senior program officer Carlina Hansen discusses a CHCF project focused on how real-world experiences form the attitudes and expectations of people with low incomes about California's health care system.
Improving Quality in Medi-Cal Managed Care
Medi-Cal, Payment & Financing
Everyone in Medi-Cal, regardless of where they live or their managed care plan, should have the same opportunity to get timely, high-quality care. But today access and quality of care varies widely within the Medi-Cal managed care system.
California’s Individual Market and Affordability
What policymakers need to know: Learn about consumer affordability challenges in California's individual health insurance market. In this resource center, you'll find background information, definitions of key terms, an explanation of key Affordable Care Act provisions, data, and real-life scenarios faced by consumers in the individual market.
Catalyzing Coordination: Technology’s Role in California’s Whole Person Care Pilots
Keira Armstrong, Mark Elson, John Weir
Investing in Innovation, Data Exchange, Behavioral Health
Across California, 25 pilot programs are working to closely coordinate physical and behavioral health care with social services to help Medi-Cal enrollees with high-cost, complex needs. This paper delves into the technological successes, barriers, and opportunities encountered by the pilot programs thus far.
CIN Connections, Spring 2019: Managing Financial Risk and Total Cost of Care
Health Care Costs
This issue of CIN Connections includes strategies to manage total cost of care. It features Mitch Katz, MD, head of the largest public health care system in the country, and other health care leaders across the state who share their experiences managing risk and total cost of care.
Understanding Medi-Cal’s Asset Test for Seniors and People with Disabilities
Felicia Y. Sze
Insurance Coverage, Medi-Cal
There is concern that Medi-Cal's asset test is harmful to seniors and people with disabilities seeking to enroll. This issue brief describes Medi-Cal's current asset test rules as well as options and questions California should consider as it examines this policy.
Medi-Cal is the foundation of California’s health care safety net and a major component of the state’s budget. The Medi-Cal Explained series provides an overview of the program, including the people it serves, the services it provides, and how it is organized, managed, and financed.
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.