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 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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LGBT seniors often feel they don’t fit in with a youth-focused LGBT community and can become socially isolated as a result, according to an article in Edge. The story cites a UCLA Center for Health Policy report based on California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) data that say that half of gay and bisexual men in California live alone compared with 13.4 percent of heterosexual men, and more than one-quarter of lesbians lived alone compared with about 20 percent of straight women. Read the story.
About 61% of those enrolled in the state health exchange already had insurance before switching their coverage, and 39 percent were previously uninsured, said Ken Jacobs, one of the developers of CalSIM, in an interview with California Healthline. CalSIM, a micro-simulation model, was used by Covered California to estimate enrollment and shape coverage decisions. Read the story.
Shana Alex Lavarreda, director of the Health Insurance Studies Program at the Center, will be a panelist at a Zócalo event tonight at
the Goethe Institut in Los Angeles. The topic: what the effect of health reform could be on immigrants, whether documented or undocumented.
Find more event details here.