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‘Treat Me Like a Person’: What We’ve Heard So Far from Californians with Low Incomes
August 16, 2019
Medi-Cal, Providers, Workforce
A new research project is exploring how Californians in the safety net experience their health care and what they hope to get out of their encounters.
Independent Nurse Practitioners Bridge Big Gaps in Rural Care
August 7, 2019
California is one of 22 states that do not permit nurse practitioners to practice and prescribe without ongoing physician oversight. Journalist Heather Stringer traveled to Colorado to see how nurse practitioners are being deployed in two rural communities.
Life Experiences Help Peer Counselors Assist Others with Mental Health Issues
August 5, 2019
Xenia Shih Bion
Behavioral Health, Medi-Cal, Workforce
Stories That Caught Our Attention: Innovative peer counseling is expanding access to mental health services and meeting patients where they are with culturally competent care.
Opioid-Dependent Newborns Get New Treatment: Mom Instead of Morphine
August 1, 2019
Dana G. Smith
Medi-Cal, Providers, Behavioral Health
Newborn care experts in Humboldt County are changing the way they treat babies born with opioid dependence. The babies spend less time in the hospital and receive less medication.
Opioid Safety Lessons Put Physician on Path to State Policymaking
July 25, 2019
After five years leading CHCF's High-Value Care Team and its opioid safety portfolio, Kelly Pfeifer, MD, will become deputy director of mental health and substance use disorder services for California state government.
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.