New Laws Strengthen California’s Response to Mental Health Crises
October 5, 2020
Xenia Shih Bion
Behavioral Health, Medi-Cal
Stories That Caught Our Attention: Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law four bills intended to improve Californians’ access to mental health and substance use disorder services.
Hanging On to Coverage?
Katherine Wilson, Laurel Lucia
Millions of Californians lost jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. But early information from California’s insurance regulators suggests that — at least through June — the number of Californians with job-based health insurance has not changed as dramatically as feared. This may help partially explain why the state’s Medicaid program, Medi-Cal, has not yet experienced a big surge in enrollment.
October 8, 2020
Webinar — Seriously Ill, Vulnerable Patients During Extreme Stress: How Are Needs Changing in the COVID-19 Era?
Serious Illness & End-of-Life Care
October 8, 2020
A panel-style conversation with two physician leaders highlighted how the needs of seriously ill Californians are changing due to COVID-19, especially for disproportionately impacted communities.
How Can Health Plans Support People Experiencing Homelessness During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Center for Health Care Strategies
Homelessness & Health Care
L.A. Care Health Plan has rapidly recalibrated existing homelessness support services to address the immediate needs of people experiencing homelessness related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Center for Health Care Strategies spoke with the director of Safety Net Programs and Partnerships at L.A. Care to discuss how the health plan has been supporting those experiencing homeless during the pandemic.
Clinicians Call for Making COVID-19 Emergency Telehealth Benefits Permanent
August 21, 2020
Elizabeth Morrison, Elizabeth Horevitz
Behavioral Health, Telehealth
Telehealth has shown itself to be a critical tool for increasing access to vital behavioral health services and reducing health inequity.