Margaret Laws on Mission Investing
Investing in Innovation
In her former role as director of the Innovations for the Underserved program for the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), Margaret Laws oversaw the organization's program-related investing initiative. We spoke with Laws about mission investing at CHCF.
Tracking ACA Implementation in California
ACA/Health Reform, Insurance Coverage
This guide tracks the California implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), whose provisions touch on most aspects of the health care system, including cost, quality, and access, from November 2012 until January 2014.
The Oregon Health Insurance Experiment
In 2008, Oregon grew its Medicaid program by lottery. Research finds that the first two years' coverage increased people's health care access and use, lowered out-of-pocket costs and medical debt, and improved mental health but not other areas of health.
Monitoring Performance: A Dashboard of Medi-Cal Managed Care
Medi-Cal, ACA/Health Reform, Insurance Coverage
This first publicly reported dashboard of Medi-Cal managed care shows areas of strength and opportunities for improvement. A companion paper examines the performance of locally sponsored and commercial Medi-Cal plans.
Individual Coverage Under the ACA: California vs. Federal Provisions
Kelch Policy Group
The marketplace for Californians buying individual health coverage after January 1, 2014, will be affected by both federal and state laws and regulations. This side-by-side comparison table gives an overview of their similarities and differences.
Pew Survey of Americans’ Online Health Habits
Pew Internet & American Life Project
A national survey by the Pew Research Center finds that patients and caregivers increasingly use the Internet to find information about symptoms, treatments, and support.
Tangled Web: Sorting Out Long-Term Care Information Options
Carol Cronin, Informed Patient Institute
What do caregivers and older adults find when they search online for information about long-term care options? An analysis of long-term care websites uncovers the range of business models and content on the Internet.
Health Information Technology in California: Milestones and Miles to Go
On the road to health IT adoption and use, California physicians, hospitals, and community health centers have made progress since 2005. Also, read consumer perspectives on the topic.
Health-e-App Public Access: Modernizing the Path to Children’s Health Coverage in California
Mathematica Policy Research
Medi-Cal, Insurance Coverage
Since December 2010, Californians have had access to a self-service online application for Healthy Families and Medi-Cal for Families. Health-e-App Public Access offers lessons for other online enrollment efforts, including the ACA marketplaces.
Primary Care: Proposed Solutions to the Physician Shortage Without Training More Physicians
This Health Affairs article by Bodenheimer and Smith examines the primary care physician shortage and how health care organizations can increase capacity and meet patient demand by expanding other clinical roles.