The CHCF Blog
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Shalala: What I Learned About How Hard It Is to Reform Health Care
April 19, 2017
J. Duncan Moore Jr.
Expanding Health Coverage
The political strife around repealing the ACA is no surprise to those who chased earlier health reform plans. A former HHS secretary recounts the difficulty of achieving a major domestic policy overhaul.
Californians in Individual Market Spent $2,500 Less on Care in 2015 Than Before the ACA
April 17, 2017
Expanding Health Coverage, Coverage Trends
Congressional leaders and the Trump administration are discussing eliminating ACA premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions — a move that would hit California hard.
California Cost & Quality Atlas Helps Map Path to Higher-Value Care
April 3, 2017
Health Care Costs
When it comes to health care services, geographic differences in cost and quality are neither expected nor valued — and now researchers are compiling and sharing data that could help reduce disparities.
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
Coverage Trends, 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
Coverage Trends, 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
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
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.