Want a quick look at some of the issues that CHCF is working on? We’ve curated these collections of our research and analyses related to recent developments and topics of current interest.
Top 10 Publications of 2020
As COVID-19 dominated our lives in 2020, it was also at the center of many of the top-read publications, including our many COVID-19 resource pages. Readers were also interested in reading about Medi-Cal coverage, health workforce issues, health care affordability, and the results of our statewide polls. These are our top 10 publications of 2020.
Top 10 Blogs of 2020
In a remarkable year dominated by COVID-19 news, The CHCF Blog covered the pandemic's impact on the health care system in California and the nation. Readers learned about such topics as how to talk to infected patients and their families, why nursing homes became hot spots, and how the pandemic does not respect human-made borders. Here are the 10 most popular blog posts of 2020.
2020 Edition — Health Care Almanac Regional Markets Study
The markets included in the 2020 release — Central Valley, Humboldt/Del Norte, Los Angeles, Riverside/San Bernardino, Sacramento, San Diego, and the San Francisco Bay Area — reflect a range of economic, demographic, care delivery, and financing conditions in California.
2012 Edition — Health Care Almanac Regional Markets Study
This is the second round in CHCF’s Regional Market Series; CHCF published the first set of regional reports in 2009. Six markets are included in the 2012 release — Fresno, Los Angeles, Riverside/San Bernardino, Sacramento, San Diego, and the San Francisco Bay Area. These reports are part of the CHCF California Health Care Almanac.
2009 Edition — Health Care Almanac Regional Markets Study
This is the first round in CHCF’s Regional Market Series. Six markets are included in the 2009 release — Fresno, Los Angeles, Oakland/San Francisco, Riverside/San Bernardino, Sacramento, and San Diego. These reports are part of the CHCF California Health Care Almanac.
2016 Edition — Health Care Almanac Regional Markets Study
This is the third round in CHCF’s Regional Market Series; CHCF published the first set of regional reports in 2009. Seven markets are included in the 2016 release — Fresno, Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside/San Bernardino, Sacramento, San Diego, and the San Francisco Bay Area. These reports are part of the CHCF California Health Care Almanac.
Honoring Leah Zallman (1979–2020)
Health Equity, Medi-Cal
We were very saddened to hear about the passing of Leah Zallman on November 5, 2020. Leah was a valued partner, conducting research at the intersection of immigration and health care that powerfully countered anti-immigrant policy and rhetoric. We will endeavor to carry forth Leah's humility, passion, and vision for creating a more just society.
Recontracting Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans
In 2021 the California Department of Health Care Services will begin the process of recontracting with Medi-Cal managed care plans (often referred to as procurement). It's a critical opportunity to use new financial incentives and oversight measures to improve quality and access to care for Medi-Cal members.
Listening to the Voices of Californians
CHCF believes that our health care system — especially public programs like Medi-Cal — should reflect the needs, insights, and priorities of the people they serve. We engage in “listening work” to help policymakers and health care partners understand the experiences and attitudes of health care consumers, as well as the doctors, nurses, and other health professionals who provide frontline care.
The Future of the Affordable Care Act
Expanding Health Coverage
This collection highlights key resources on the impact of the ACA in California and the potential consequences if the law is abolished. The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg makes it even more difficult to predict the Supreme Court’s ruling in an upcoming federal lawsuit that seeks to invalidate the ACA. The ACA may also be shaped by actions of the president and Congress in the coming months and years.
Community Health Workers
Health Equity, Workforce
Community health workers and promotores have long played a vital role in promoting health and well-being, particularly in communities historically not well served by the health care system. The need to expand this important workforce takes on new urgency in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Homelessness and COVID-19
Homelessness & Health Care
At least 151,000 people are homeless in California, 75% of whom are not living in a shelter — the largest proportion of people living without shelter in the country — with about one-quarter thought to be experiencing chronic homelessness. Now, with the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic, two crises have collided, causing a disproportionate risk to people who are unsheltered.