Changes to Public Charge Rule
On October 10, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security proposed radical changes to “public charge” rules in an effort to disqualify many immigrants from gaining permanent residency in the US. The government finalized the rule on August 12. This collection highlights the potential impact that the changes could have on the ability of immigrants to access the health care they need.
New & Noteworthy
Number of Uninsured Americans on the Rise While California Holds Steady
September 16, 2019
Xenia Shih Bion
ACA/Health Reform, Insurance Coverage, Medi-Cal
Stories That Caught Our Attention: For the first time since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, a key Census Bureau survey found the number of uninsured Americans has increased.
How Trump’s New Rule on Immigrants Endangers Public Health
The Department of Homeland Security finalized radical changes to immigration rules that go against America’s traditional values of inclusion. The San Francisco Chronicle published this opinion piece by CHCF’s CEO Sandra R. Hernández.
California’s POLST Electronic Registry Pilot
Patient-Centered Care, Serious Illness & End-of-Life Care
From 2016 to 2018, a pilot project tested the feasibility of creating a statewide electronic registry for POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) forms in California. This publication offers lessons for all stakeholders interested in pursuing electronic exchange of POLST across care settings.
2019 Edition — California Employer Health Benefits
Workers who have health insurance through their employer bear a portion of the costs for their health care. This quick reference guide presents data from the 2018 California Employer Health Benefits Survey.
Medical Loss Ratio Resources
The medical loss ratio (MLR) is the percentage of premium that health insurers spend on medical care and quality improvement activities. These resources include the most recent MLR database with data from 2012 to 2017, as well as documents that describe the MLR and how to use the database.
2019 Edition — California’s County-Based Health Plans
The state's county-based health plans are public entities organized through one or more counties to ensure that Medi-Cal enrollees, and in some cases county employees and Covered California enrollees, receive comprehensive care. Where are these plans and who do they cover? How have they changed between 2012 and 2018?
Independent Nurse Practitioners Bridge Big Gaps in Rural Care
August 7, 2019
California is one of 22 states that do not permit nurse practitioners to practice and prescribe without ongoing physician oversight. Journalist Heather Stringer traveled to Colorado to see how nurse practitioners are being deployed in two rural communities.
Quantifying Integrated Physical and Behavioral Health Care in Medi-Cal
Katrina Connolly, Len Finocchio, Matthew Newman
How well does the Medi-Cal program meet the needs of patients who require both physical and behavioral health care services? Blue Sky Consulting Group has identified measures that plans and providers can use to monitor health outcomes for people who access care across multiple systems.
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.