CHCF Goal: Improving Access to Coverage and Care
Health Disparities Require Bolder Action on Medi-Cal Managed Care Contracts
June 24, 2021
Health Equity, Medi-Cal, Payment & Financing
The draft RFP for Medi-Cal managed care procurement is a significant step forward, but California must do more to eliminate disparities in access and outcomes
Speaking Up: Findings from 2019 Focus Groups and Interviews with Californians with Low Incomes
Jen Joynt, Rebecca Catterson, Lucy Rabinowitz
A series of focus groups and in-depth interviews with Californians with low incomes in 2019 revealed common themes in their health care needs, wants and values.
Listening to Californians with Low Incomes
Between 2019 and 2021, CHCF funded a major research project to better understand the health care experiences, needs, and values of Californians with low incomes, including understanding changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are key findings and insights from the project.
Health Workforce Strategies for California
This collection of publications examines the evidence on the impact of key health workforce policy interventions, such as pipeline and loan repayment programs, to achieve goals like diversifying the workforce, increasing the number of health professionals who provide care in a language other than English, and increasing access to care in medically underserved areas.
Expanding Graduate Medical Education in California: The Role of GME-Naive Hospitals
"Medicare GME-naive hospitals" have never been teaching hospitals before and can potentially be used for new residency programs using federal funds. Doing so in underserved regions can help California produce more physicians in the areas that need them the most.
Health Professionals and Patients in California: Speaking the Same Language
Workforce, Health Equity
This brief identifies policy strategies to increase the number of health professionals with language concordance — those that speak the same language as their patients. This is especially important in California where 44% of households speak a language other than English.
Expanding Postbaccalaureate Programs to Address California’s Health Workforce Crisis
Prehealth postbaccalaureate programs (PBPs) increase the rates at which students from underrepresented communities are admitted to and graduate from medical school. PBP participants are more likely to provide care in underserved areas.
Listening to Californians with Low Incomes: How They Experience the Health Care System and What It Means for the Future
Jen Joynt, Lucy Rabinowitz, Rebecca Catterson
Telehealth, Workforce, Medi-Cal
Explore key findings and implications for the future from a statewide survey of California residents with low incomes who received care between March 2019 and August 2020. The survey included an oversampling of residents with low incomes.
Clinics Respond to Anti-Asian Hate with Many Kinds of Support
May 13, 2021
Xenia Shih Bion
Health Equity, Behavioral Health
Health centers serve as care providers, social services connectors, and community advocates, and they stepped up to help patients navigate the tribulations of the COVID-19 era.
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: A Review of the Evidence
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.