CHCF Goal: Improving Access to Coverage and Care
The Importance of Health Care Phone Visits
Phone visits have quickly become a popular way to access care that is especially appealing to Californians with low incomes and Californians of color — populations whose access to care consistently lags. With Governor Gavin Newsom making health equity a priority, it would be a setback if the state took away this important care option for Medi-Cal enrollees.
We’re All in This Together
May 6, 2021
Sandra R. Hernández
Medi-Cal, Expanding Health Coverage, Health Equity
Since 2016, California has expanded Medi-Cal eligibility to include kids and young adults from low-income households, regardless of immigration status. Now the state has a golden opportunity to finish that job.
Ending Phone Visits Would Be a Setback for Patients with Low Incomes
April 30, 2021
Telehealth, Health Equity
The director of CHCF's Improving Access team says we should build on what is working well to improve access to care, especially for those whose needs have historically not been well served by the health care system.
Health Workforce Strategies for California
This report reviews the evidence about the impact of key health workforce policy interventions in California, including pipeline programs, scholarship programs, loan repayment programs, funding of graduate-level health profession training programs, and residency funding.
American Rescue Plan Improvements to Covered California Affordability: Who Gains?
April 15, 2021
Miranda Dietz, Srikanth Kadiyala, Tynan Challenor, Annie Rak, Dylan H. Roby, Laurel Lucia, Gerald F. Kominski
Expanding Health Coverage, Coverage Trends
Over 1.6 million Californians will benefit from the rescue plan, including 151,000 individual market enrollees who will qualify for subsidies for the first time and 135,000 uninsured people who will become insured.
Undocumented Projected to Remain California’s Largest Group of Uninsured in 2022
April 13, 2021
Miranda Dietz, Laurel Lucia, Srikanth Kadiyala, Tynan Challenor, Annie Rak, Dylan H. Roby, Gerald F. Kominski
Expanding Health Coverage, Medi-Cal, Coverage Trends
Even after the American Rescue Plan increases premium subsidies for health insurance purchased through Covered California, large inequities remain in who has access to affordable coverage.
A Golden Opportunity to Narrow California’s Racial Health Disparities
April 12, 2021
The Los Angeles Times Editorial Board
Medi-Cal, Payment & Financing
The state now has a rare opportunity to force health insurers to do more to improve the care that people with low incomes receive through Medi-Cal.
Homelessness & Health Care, Payment & Financing
Health Strategies Radio is a new podcast from the California Improvement Network. The initial episodes focus on effective ways to establish partnerships between health care providers and community-based organizations that offer housing, nutrition, and transportation services to patients. Health Strategies Radio is a new podcast from the California Improvement Network. The initial episodes focus on effective ways to establish partnerships between health care providers and community-based organizations that offer housing, nutrition, and transportation services to patients.
Medi-Cal: California Has a Rare Opportunity to Improve Health Care Equity
March 26, 2021
Sandra R. Hernández
Medi-Cal, Payment & Financing
About 10 million Californians get their health care through a Medi-Cal managed care plan, but the state's contracts with those plans fail to ensure that these enrollees get the high-quality care they deserve.
The Pandemic’s Financial Impact on California’s Community Health Centers: Largest Centers Suffer Significant Losses
Whether measured by revenue size, number of patients, or number of sites, the largest health centers bore the brunt of the financial losses experienced across California's health centers between April and December 2020.
State Public Options: Comparing Models from Across the Country
Expanding Health Coverage
This issue brief outlines some of the problems states are addressing with their public option proposals, reports the proposals’ current status, categorizes public option proposals into archetypes, and identifies issues for California policymakers as they explore a state-based public option.
The Doctor Will Call Me Maybe
March 9, 2021
Lori Uscher-Pines, Maggie Jones, Jessica L. Sousa, Zach Predmore, Allison J. Ober
Telehealth, Payment & Financing
Eliminating payment for audio-only telehealth visits will disproportionately affect safety-net settings and patients who are not equipped for video visits.
CIN Connections, Spring 2021: Addressing Racism to Improve Health
In this issue of CIN Connections, CIN partners explore how racism drives health inequities on many levels and leads to higher mortality, strategies to ensure equity, and how to develop an anti-racist organization.