Understanding What Works: Measuring and Monitoring Quality in Medi-Cal’s Home and Community-Based Services
Older Adults with Complex Needs
Medi-Cal spends an estimated $22 billion per year to provide home and community-based services to older adults and people with physical and/or cognitive disabilities, serious mental illness, and disabling chronic conditions. However, few data are currently collected to monitor the quality and outcomes of these services.
Plain and Clear: Making Medi-Cal Communications Easy to Understand
Many Californians don't apply for or effectively use Medi-Cal because they cannot read or understand the program's forms and documents. This project conducted expert review of selected Medi-Cal print communications and made actionable recommendations to improve them.
In Their Own Words: Black Californians on Racism and Health Care
Linda Cummings, PhD
CHCF commissioned interviews with 100 Black Californians to understand their views on health and well-being, their perceptions of discrimination and bias in the health care system, and their views on what a quality health care system looks like. This report describes the results of Phase I of the three-part Listening to Black Californians study.
The Medi-Cal Maze: Why Many Eligible Californians Don’t Enroll
Michele Cordoba, Brenda Lee, Marian Mulkey, Terri Shaw
This qualitative research was designed to better understand what prevents eligible Californians from enrolling in Medi-Cal and to identify ways to make the program even more accessible to the population it is designed to serve.
Measuring Up? Access to Care in Medi-Cal Compared to Other Types of Health Insurance (2018)
UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
This report examines if Medi-Cal enrollees face greater difficulty accessing health care services than Californians with employer-sponsored insurance or coverage purchased through the individual market.
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.
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.
Homelessness and Health Care: Lessons and Policy Considerations from the COVID-19 Pandemic
Center for Health Care Strategies
Homelessness & Health Care
The COVID-19 pandemic has strained communities and health care systems across the country. Among the challenges: how to best meet the health care needs of people experiencing homelessness. This brief, part of a series by the Center for Health Care Strategies, synthesizes innovative approaches and key lessons for supporting the health care needs of Californians experiencing homelessness during COVID-19.
Large Numbers of Californians Have Delayed Care for Urgent Health Issues During COVID-19
October 8, 2020
Nearly one-third of Californians have delayed receiving care for urgent or emergency health issues during the COVID-19 pandemic, and 36% of those with low incomes say their mental health has gotten "worse" or "a lot worse," according to a new survey conducted by the California Health Care Foundation and NORC at the University of Chicago.