Some areas of Los Angeles lack dentists

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


Many rural areas of Califonia lack dentists, but some areas of L.A. are also underserved, said Nadereh Pourat, the Center’s director of research, in an interview with Physician News Network. The story is based on Pourat’s policy brief.

“In South LA, nearly 16% of the children ages 3 to 11 have never been to a dentist,” said Francisco Oaxaca, director of public affairs for First 5 LA.

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Middle-aged and back with Mom, Dad

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

Steven P. WallaceNearly 194,000 adults ages 50 to 64 were living with a parent in 2012, a 67.6 percent jump since 2006, the Los Angeles Times reports. Steven P. Wallace, the Center’s associate director, said almost all the increase was due to recession-related hardship.

“It’s an age group that you normally think of as pretty financially stable,” Wallace said. ”They’re mid-career. They may be thinking ahead toward retirement. They’ve got a nest egg going. And then all of a sudden you see this huge push back into their parents’ homes.”

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On the money

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


Enrollment on the state health exchange reached almost 1.4 million and new enrollment in Medi-Cal reached 1.9 million, according to a KQED report. “I might go to Vegas now,” said the Center’s Dylan Roby, part of the team that developed CalSIM, the computer model used to estimate insurance enrollment under the Affordable Care Act.

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Mental health and substance abuse services under the ACA

[ Posted on April 18th, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]


Dylan Roby, director of the Center’s Health Economics and Evaluation Research Program, will be part of an LA Community Health Project panel Monday, April 21, and discuss expanded benefits and access to mental health and substance use disorder services under the Affordable Care Act.

The discussion is from 1:30 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. at The California Endowment’s conference center, 1000 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Find more information and register for the event here.



More than 8 million enroll on health exchanges nationwide

[ Posted on April 18th, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]


More than 8 million people nationwide enrolled for health coverage on the new exchanges, according to a San Jose Mercury News story. “It’s a Super Bowl moment,” said Center director Gerald Kominski, in the interview. A late surge of young adult and Latino sign-ups pushed California’s tally to nearly 1.4 million, the story reported.

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Health care for the undocumented

[ Posted on April 18th, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]


Health care reform is “changing the conversation” about health care for the undocumented, opening up the discussion and prompting legislation, said the Center’s Shana Alex Lavarreda in a Zócalo discussion.

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