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UCLA study: Big slice of public money spent on health care

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

public_pie2Contrary to the notion that the country’s health care is primarily a privately funded system, 71 percent of health care expenditures in California are paid for with public funds, according to a new analysis co-authored by Center Director Gerald Kominski.

In a related Q&A, Kominski discusses how tax exemptions for employer-sponsored health insurance premiums … [ Read full post ]

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Medi-Cal in 2065? Kominski, others ponder its future

Friday, February 5th, 2016

The safety-net health program Medicaid, known as Medi-Cal in California, turned 50th in July. Today, 12.7 million people – one-third of the state’s population – are covered by the program, according to a recent California Healthline Think Tank column.

In the column, Center Director Gerald Kominski and other experts predict what they think the … [ Read full post ]

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Kominski: The network might be narrow, but is it adequate?

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

JerryPodium-ANarrow health provider networks existed before the ACA (think of Kaiser as the original narrow network) and can provide quality health care, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research Director Gerald Kominski writes today in a Center for Health Reporting column, but finding a way to measure, monitor and ensure adequacy of and access to … [ Read full post ]

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Oct. 28 Health Policy seminar: “Narrow Networks: Do We Know When Networks Have Become Too Narrow?”

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has created a greater degree of standardization of health insurance plans than has ever existed in the individual (non-group) health insurance market. All policies are required to have Essential Health Benefits, as well as four metal tiers based on plan actuarial values and standard limits on maximum annual out-of-pocket spending. … [ Read full post ]

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Kaiser survey: 2 of 3 who were uninsured before full ACA enactment now covered

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Center for Health Policy Research - 101202More than two-thirds of those who were uninsured before the Affordable Care Act was fully implemented now have coverage, according to a KQED State of Health story based on a Kaiser Family Foundation survey. Center Director Gerald Kominski cautioned that the survey findings have a limitation and exclude Californians who had insurance pre-ACA and lost … [ Read full post ]

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Rough road for state’s new managed-care health program

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

A new managed-care health program in California for vulnerable populations has lower-than expected enrollment, after facing pushback from consumer advocates, lack of agreement between federal and state governments and health plans, lack of readiness by participating counties, and other delays, according to Center Research Scientist Kathryn Kietzman in USC’s Reporting on Health.

The program, … [ Read full post ]

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