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Will Low-Income Women Lose Access to the Reproductive Health Care They Need?
July 22, 2019
Xenia Shih Bion
Stories That Caught Our Attention: The Trump administration’s changes to the Title X Family Planning Program are expected to severely reduce access to reproductive health services in California and across the country.
How California Can Finally Close In on Meaningful Health Price Transparency
July 17, 2019
Health Care Costs, Providers
For more than a decade, state and federal policymakers have argued for greater health care price transparency. Their efforts received a push in recent weeks.
These Four Federal Proposals Would Have Major Health Implications for Immigrants
July 11, 2019
Billy Wynne, Dawn Joyce
Insurance Coverage, Medi-Cal
The federal government seeks to modify federal policies with harmful changes that could hurt immigrants’ access to health care and other public benefits while weakening the health and social safety net.
Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Census Question About Citizenship Status
July 1, 2019
Xenia Shih Bion
Stories That Caught Our Attention: In a case that could eventually lead to significantly reduced federal funding for health care and social services in California, the high court temporarily ruled against inclusion of a controversial census question.
State Releases Data on 2018 Health Insurance Enrollment
June 28, 2019
New data on California health insurance markets show overall enrollment changed little from 2017 to 2018, as declines in Medi-Cal managed care and the individual market were mostly offset by increased membership in employer-sponsored small- and large-group plans.
Medical Interpreters Bridge Crucial Gaps Between Patients and Providers
June 13, 2019
Patient-Centered Care, Workforce
Numerous laws require that people must have “meaningful access” to translation and interpretation services, but workforce shortages common in many health professions also exist within the medical linguistic arts.
Proposed Change to Federal Poverty Definition Would Cut Aid to Millions of Californians
June 12, 2019
Ian Eve Perry
Detailed estimates from UC-Berkeley Labor Center and the UCLA California Simulation of Insurance Markets (CalSIM) reveal important data about changes to federal poverty guidelines.
Dreaming of a Career in Health Care
June 7, 2019
Xenia Shih Bion
Stories That Caught Our Attention This Week: The first undocumented student to enter UCSF School of Medicine has graduated after pausing his medical training for one year to earn a master's degree in public health from Harvard.
PRIMEd for Health: California Medical Schools Focus on Underserved Communities
June 6, 2019
University of California medical leaders are cultivating a growing cadre of dedicated students and physicians working in a program that trains them in understanding and working with specific underserved populations.
Almanac Shows Slower National Health Spending Growth, But Major Challenges Persist
June 5, 2019
Health Care Costs
The newest CHCF Almanac notes that growth in national health spending slowed to 3.9% in 2017, most recent year with available data. It’s the slowest pace since 2013 and lower than the overall growth rate of the US economy.