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: A Lifeline for Former Foster Youth in California
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
Sandra R. Hernández
Insurance Coverage, 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
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.
Rural Pregnant Women with Opioid Addiction Find a Doctor, Not a Judge
Maternal Health, Opioid Safety
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
Providers, 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.