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.
Medi-Cal Comes to Main Street
Sandra R. Hernández
Medi-Cal, Serious Illness & End-of-Life Care
Medi-Cal spends more than $90 billion caring for millions of Californians, including the most vulnerable among us. The program must ensure that the care is of high quality and that limited tax dollars are spent wisely. Can it rise to the challenges?
Medicare and Medicaid Celebrate with a Victory Lap at 50
J. Duncan Moore Jr.
To celebrate 50 years of Medicare and Medicaid, various organizations, institutions, and advocacy groups are holding events or encouraging reflections on what the programs have accomplished and how they might achieve their goals more fully. CHCF has compiled the following list of resources.
Who Knows If the Price Is Right?
Patient-Centered Care, Payment & Financing
The convoluted and opaque system for setting health care prices could stand a bit of sunshine. Determining the cost of a simple lab test can be a sleuthing exercise. There are ways to do this better.
Enrollment in Individual Health Plans Up 47% in 2014
ACA/Health Reform, Insurance Coverage
In California, coverage in the individual market expanded in historic proportions in the first year of the ACA. Group coverage shrank, but the overall size of the employer-sponsored health insurance market remains to be seen.
Why Cancer Patients and Clinicians Need a Decision Aid Upgrade
Serious Illness & End-of-Life Care, Patient-Centered Care
A new CHCF-sponsored challenge encourages designers to turn an existing decision aid into a road map to help patients recognize risks and benefits when deciding among different treatment options.
Ain’t No Party Like a Health Data Party
The California Health and Human Services Open DataFest brought together leaders from throughout the state and points beyond to talk about the remarkable strides the state has made in recent years to open access to vital health data.