The CHCF Blog
The California Health Care Foundation draws on experts from inside and outside CHCF to share their health policy insights on this blog.
How a California Healthline Grad Grounded the High-Flying HHS Secretary
Dan Diamond planned to become a US diplomat, but instead he wound up as a journalist at CHCF's California Healthline. After moving to POLITICO, he unearthed the story that forced the resignation of the Trump Administration's top health official.
Why Medicaid Is an Untapped Opportunity for Innovation
Behavioral Health, Investing in Innovation
Physician Andrey Ostrovsky learned a lot as an entrepreneur and during a stint as chief medical officer at the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services. Melissa Buckley, director of the CHCF Health Innovation Fund, asked him to share insights about opportunities and pitfalls in the Medicaid space.
California Lawmakers Asked CHCF How to Improve Access to Care in Medi-Cal. Here’s What We Told Them.
Chris Perrone, director of CHCF's Improving Access team, told the California Legislature how Medi-Cal expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has affected access to care for people who rely on the program.
Health Care Is a Universal Value. It’s Time for a Universal Effort.
Sandra R. Hernández
Medi-Cal, Patient-Centered Care
Sandra R. Hernández: Too many low-income Californians are held back or suffer because it is difficult to get the care they need. There are clear ways to make health care work for low-income Californians – if we work together across sectors, across professions, and across ideological camps.
The Arduous Road to Renewal of CHIP Funding
Billy Wynne, Dawn Joyce
After months of delays, Congress and the White House finally agreed to a six-year funding extension for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) — much to the relief of millions of children and pregnant women, as well as state officials across the country. Two health policy experts trace the tortuous path to approval.
Prime for Disruption
Kara Carter, Kristof Stremikis
Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. jolted Wall Street with a joint venture designed to reduce health care costs. Technology alone is not sufficient to solve the cost problem. Leaders also need to pull policy levers, fix payment systems, and spark collaboration between purchasers.
Health Care Matters to Latinos. And Their Health Matters to California.
Sandra R. Hernández
When it comes to health care, perhaps no group has as much at stake as California's 15 million Latinos. With the gubernatorial race heating up, this is a good time to explore some of the reasons why.
Medi-Cal: A Program and a Population That Work
ACA/Health Reform, Medi-Cal
While the federal government has opened the door for states to impose work requirements on people who use Medicaid, data show that a vast majority of nondisabled recipients are already in working families.