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.
Wind Gusts Draw “Lines of Sorrow” Across North Bay
Behavioral Health, Providers
The health care providers affected by the wildfires that devastated swaths of Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino Counties in October are beginning a recovery process to ensure everyone has uninterrupted access to the services they need.
The Health Implications of Tax Reform
Billy Wynne, Dawn Joyce, Devin Zatorski
ACA/Health Reform, Payment & Financing
Tax legislation moving rapidly through Congress has far-reaching implications for health and health care. Three health policy experts summarize the health-relevant components of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Tax Bill Threatens Our Health and Our Democracy
Sandra R. Hernández
ACA/Health Reform, Medi-Cal
Tax legislation that could cause major disruptions to the health care system is under consideration. The nation is in a test of leadership. Nothing less than the health of our people — and our democracy — are at stake.
California’s Community Paramedicine Program Improves Care Delivery
How does community paramedicine work in California? The director of the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) explains a series of pilot programs and how the state's residents can get the most benefit from the program.
Pacific News Service, Practitioner of “Inside Out” Journalism, Ends 48-Year Run
New America Media (NAM) and its newsroom have shut down, ending valuable services used by 3,000 ethnic publications nationwide. Alumni of NAM, inspired by founder Sandy Close, continue to practice high-quality journalism across the nation and overseas.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee: The Art and Soul of Civic Leadership
Sandra R. Hernández
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who died December 12, 2017, leaves a civic legacy as a caring and professional leader who was the pride of the Asian American community. Public servants can look to Lee as a role model, says Sandra R. Hernández, president and CEO of the California Health Care Foundation.
Home Again in California, Physician Focuses on Care of the Caretakers
Maternal Health, Patient-Centered Care
The California Health Care Foundation's newest board member is Carolina Reyes, an obstetrician recognized nationwide for her efforts to improve the care of women with high-risk pregnancies — especially those in medically underserved communities.
Data Show Medicaid Expansion Benefited Family Finances
Health Care Costs, Medi-Cal
Researchers have found that the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion is associated with declining medical debt, fewer personal bankruptcies, improved credit scores, and reduced reliance on predatory lending practices.