Center Director Gerald Kominski will testify in Sacramento today before the California Senate Committee on Health on statewide efforts to contain health care costs. The hearing will take place at 1:30 p.m. in State Capitol Room 4203.
“Geography makes a big difference,” in why a plan offered in state health exchanges can cost more in Pacoima than Pasadena, said professor Shana Alex Lavarreda, director of Health Insurance Studies at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in an interview with The Los Angeles Daily News. Competition, local costs and enrollment all play a part. Read the story.
A Riverside County report based on California Health Interview Survey data showed LGBT residents in the Inland Empire have higher rates of asthma, substance abuse, smoking and other health problems compared to heterosexual residents in the area. Among the findings:
- The smoking rate of lesbians, gay men and bisexual men and women is 31.5 percent in the Inland Empire, nearly double that of heterosexuals (17.0 percent).
- Nearly a quarter of lesbians and bisexual women report having asthma, a rate that is nearly double that of the general female population.
- Gay, lesbian and bisexuals in the Inland Empire reported needing help for emotional or substance abuse at two to three times the rate of heterosexuals.
Read the report: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Health & Wellness Profile, 2014
Proposed government cuts to insurers selling Medicare Advantage plans may be “small enough that it will not be as big of a problem as people fear,” said Shana Lavarreda, director of Health Insurance Studies at the Center, In an interview with KPCC. Listen to the story.
For many reasons, neither of two proposed state ballot measures will directly lower costs, although some groups may benefit, said Dylan Roby, director of the Center’s Health Economics and Evaluation Research Program, in an interview with Capital Public Radio. One measure would limit what hospitals can charge patients to 25% above actual costs; the other would cap salaries for CEOs at non-profit hospitals at $450,000. Listen to the report.