The CHCF Blog
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Medi-Cal: A Lifeline for Former Foster Youth in California
March 29, 2017
More than 18,000 former foster youth in California are covered by Medicaid (Medi-Cal) under the ACA until age 26, and 74,000 former foster youth are projected to be enrolled nationwide this year. They are waiting to see if leaders in Washington try to alter their benefits.
Celebrate the Survival of the ACA’s Principles, But Remain on Guard
March 27, 2017
Sandra R. Hernández
Insurance Coverage, Medi-Cal
The bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act was abandoned last week, but CHCF will be vigilant and on alert as forces continue trying to roll back the gains California achieved under the law.
How California Can Meet the Challenge of Accurately Diagnosing Autism
March 14, 2017
Behavioral Health, Medi-Cal
Hundreds of low-income children suspected of having autism spectrum disorder are being diagnosed more accurately and more rapidly through a trailblazing program in the Inland Empire.
“The ACA Allowed Me to Pursue My American Dream”
March 10, 2017
Insurance Coverage, Medi-Cal
With the Obamacare repeal debate in full swing in Congress, it's important to remember how the law changed millions of Californians' lives for the better. Here are the stories of three of them.
Rural Pregnant Women with Opioid Addiction Find a Doctor, Not a Judge
March 8, 2017
Maternal Health, Opioid Safety
Candy Stockton, MD, saw the chance to make a big difference in her rural Northern California community: treating pregnant women with opioid addiction to help two generations at once.
Uncompensated Hospital Care Costs Sink to Record Low in California
February 20, 2017
Providers, Health Care Costs, Payment & Financing
As California's uninsured rate plummeted during the first two years of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), uncompensated care costs for California's hospitals followed suit, declining 52% from $3.1 billion in 2013 to $1.5 billion in 2015. This progress may be in peril, however, if efforts to repeal and replace the ACA are successful and the uninsured population increases.
In California, What’s Driving the Variation in Total Cost of Care — Volume or Price?
February 1, 2017
Patient-Centered Care, Health Care Costs
The only way to restrain rising health costs in California and the nation is to make sure we're focusing on the underlying cost drivers.
In Extremis: The Stark Reality of Life and Death in the ICU
January 27, 2017
Serious Illness & End-of-Life Care
An Oakland physician's movie and book on end-of-life decisionmaking in the ICU is garnering critical acclaim and provoking important conversations in families around the world.