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.
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.
Modernizing Payment to California’s Community Health Centers
Health centers are crucial to California's response to COVID-19. But the care they provide is still dictated by old payment rules that severely hamper health centers' ability to care for patients during COVID-19 and, in some cases, keep their doors open. This collection focuses on how California can change the way it pays health centers to better serve patients and to create a more resilient foundation for primary care in Medi-Cal.
COVID-19 California Tracking Polls
Telehealth, Workforce, Health Care Costs
CHCF is conducting tracking polls during the coronavirus pandemic to assess both Californians' use of the health care system and physicians' assessment of availability of ICU beds, ventilators, and personal protective equipment. See all the survey results here.
Californians with Chronic Conditions — Almanac Collection
Chronic conditions are the leading cause of death and disability in the US, and the biggest contributor to health care costs. The Almanac reports in this collection look at major chronic conditions and how each affects Californians.
California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal: CalAIM
Launched in late 2019, CalAIM, or California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal, is a multiyear process led by the California Department of Health Care Services to improve the health outcomes and quality of life experienced by Medi-Cal patients.