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Rocky start, but Cal MediConnect has “potential”

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Cal MediConnect, a new managed care health program for vulnerable disabled and senior Californians, had a rocky start and low enrollment last year, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Center’s Kathryn Kietzman, who interviewed potential participants in the program and published the results, said changes in how health care is managed through the … [ Read full post ]

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Congressional Budget Office figure on ACA cost explained

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

kominski_midpoint20140128Center Director Gerald Kominski recently discussed the math behind the $50,000 figure the Congressional Budget Office reported it cost to cover an uninsured person under the Affordable Care Act: the figure is for 10 years of coverage, not one year.

So, the cost per year is about $5,000, said Kominski in an interview on NewsmaxTV’s … [ Read full post ]

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Left out of health reforms: the undocumented

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Millions of Californians have benefited from the ACA reforms, but undocumented immigrants have been left behind, said Nadereh Pourat, the Center’s director of research, in a California Health Report story.

Senior researcher Dylan Roby said there are charity programs and emergency Medi-Cal coverage for some in the group, although “it’s still very temporary.”… [ Read full post ]

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Inland health plan enrollment reaches 1 million

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

CHIS_LogoA story in California Healthline says enrollment in a not-for-profit insurer that covers San Bernardino and Riverside county’s low-income residents has more than doubled, from 500,000 in 2011 to 1 million today.

The story cited California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) data that estimated the share of uninsured residents in the two counties in 2007 at … [ Read full post ]

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Dental care gap for children in Medi-Cal families

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

A recent California audit found that 56 percent of children in the Medi-Cal dental program – 2.86 million – did not receive dental care through the program in the 2012-13 federal fiscal year, and last week’s state budget failed to address the issue, California Healthline reports.

In comparison, Ohio had the lowest rate of … [ Read full post ]

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A break for L.A.-area public hospital emergency rooms

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Emergency room (ER) use at three large Los Angeles County public hospitals for medical problems that didn’t require a hospital stay dropped 9 percent in the first three months of 2014 compared to the same period last year, according to a story in the Los Angeles Times. The decline helped lift a burden off consistently … [ Read full post ]

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