The CHCF Blog
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Delivering Moms from the Most Common Childbirth Complications: Depression and Anxiety
July 11, 2017
Bruce Spurlock, Joy Burkhard
Behavioral Health, Maternal Health
The magnitude of suffering from maternal mental health disorders dwarfs many conditions that attract greater media interest, public reporting, and performance incentives and penalties.
Guidelines for Sharing Behavioral Health Data Show Power of Collaboration
July 6, 2017
Behavioral Health, Data Exchange
Uncertainty about the legalities of behavioral health data sharing — what's permissible and what's required — slows efforts to achieve coordinated and integrated care that could benefit patients and providers. Read the full blog article.
Where’s the ‘Better Care’ in Senate Health Bill?
June 26, 2017
Sandra R. Hernández
Expanding Health Coverage, Coverage Trends
The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), unveiled by the Senate last week, will not make us healthier. It does not spell out a vision for better care — it is about providing tax breaks for some of the wealthiest Americans.
California Survey Finds Strong Support for Behavioral Health Benefits
June 21, 2017
Behavioral Health, Expanding Health Coverage
Meaningful insurance coverage of mental health and substance use disorder is a reality for millions more people under the ACA, and Californians recognize its value.
In Stylebook, AP Directs Its Reporters: Addiction Is a ‘Disease’
June 13, 2017
Experts on addiction treatment long ago dropped the stigmatizing words "addict" and "substance abuser." Now the influential Associated Press has recognized addiction as a disease, not a moral failing.
ACA’s Impact: Fewer Uninsured in Most Congressional Districts
May 23, 2017
Medi-Cal, Patient-Centered Care
With the intensifying debate over the future of the Affordable Care Act, this timely analysis provides data about changes in the uninsured population between 2013 and 2015 by congressional district.
CHCF Health Care Forum: Charting a Course in Uncertain Times
May 16, 2017
CHCF's Health Care Forum and 20th Anniversary Celebration on May 8 brought together leaders from health care delivery and health policy to share ideas for making meaningful, measurable improvements in the way the health care delivery system provides care to the people of California. Read a summary and watch video of the day's events.
As People Leave Jail and Prison, Clinics Connect Them to Needed Health Services
May 15, 2017
Jane Garcia, David Panush
Under the ACA, many people leaving jail are newly eligible for Medi-Cal, and some forward-thinking clinics are helping them access care that is profoundly improving their lives.