Insurance doesn’t guarantee child mental health care

[ Posted on July 28th, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]


Problems navigating the health care system, stigma about treatment and language difficulties are among the barriers keeping young, insured children in California with mental health care needs from getting treatment, D. Imelda Padilla-Frausto said in a KPCC interview about a new Center study. The story was also appeared in California Healthline.

The study, which used California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) data from 2007 and 2009, found that although 90 percent of children with mental health needs had insurance, fewer than 30 percent received treatment. Padilla-Frausto said early treatment of mental health problems may help prevent more serious mental issues later in life, the story said.

Listen to the interview.

Will state proposals fix Medi-Cal backlog?

[ Posted on July 25th, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]


 State officials say technology fixes and administrative workarounds will slash the backlog of 600,000 Medi-Cal applications in half by the end of August, according to a Kaiser Health News story. But the Center’s Shana Charles said, “I don’t think this is necessarily going to be resolved within six weeks.” 

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Story says diabetes in L.A. reaching “epidemic proportions”

[ Posted on July 24th, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]


Diabetes is driving health costs higher in Los Angeles, according to a story in California Healthline. The Center’s Ying-Ying Meng, lead author of a policy brief the story cited, said education about preventing diabetes — such as watching food intake and exercising — is an “uphill battle.”

Meng’s policy brief found that nearly one-third of all hospital patients in California 35 and older had diabetes. Rates were higher among ethnic groups, and in Los Angeles were the same “if not slightly higher” than the state’s, said Harold Goldstein, executive director for the California Center for Public Health Advocacy and co-author of the brief, in the California Healthline story.

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California subsidies legal, federal subsidies in question

[ Posted on July 24th, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]


Two dueling federal appeals court decisions throw the legality of subsidies for federal health exchanges into question. But California’s state-run exchange can still allow subsidies, regardless of the final ruling, the Center’s Dylan Roby told the Ventura County Star.


Kominski discusses health premium “sticker shock”

[ Posted on July 22nd, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]


About a quarter of those on the individual market are paying higher health insurance premiums this year, but — among other benefits — the new policies better protect consumers against bankruptcy in a catastrophic health situation, said the Center’s Gerald Kominski in a KPCC interview.

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ACA’s impact on Medicare, Medi-Cal benefits

[ Posted on July 21st, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

The Center’s Dylan Roby was a panelist July 22 at a community seminar moderated by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi on how implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affects Medi-Cal and Medicare benefits. Experts discussed program enhancements, benefit changes and eligibility requirements at Gardena City Hall.dylanACAgardena20140722

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