‘Health care reform’ Archive

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Smaller insurers struggle in health exchange markets

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Co-ops and smaller nonprofit insurers in some states worry they’re capturing only a small share of the new health exchange market. But the Affordable Care Act includes temporary payments to balance out risk and offset rising insurance premiums, said Dylan Roby, director of the Health Economics and Evaluation Research Program at the Center, in … [ Read full post ]

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Young immigrants less likely to use medical care, despite being more likely to report poor health

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

DACAII_thumnail2The estimated 300,000 young California immigrants who are eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) use less medical care than their U.S.-born peers in spite of being more likely to report poor health, according to a new report from the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, the UCLA Center for Health [ Read full post ]

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Director to testify before state senate health committee

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Center Director Gerald Kominski will testify in Sacramento today before the California Senate Committee on Health on statewide efforts to contain health care costs. The hearing will take place at 1:30 p.m. in State Capitol Room 4203.

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Cost of Same Health Exchange Plan Can Vary by Area

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

“Geography makes a big difference,” in why a plan offered in state health exchanges can cost more in Pacoima than Pasadena, said professor Shana Alex Lavarreda, director of Health Insurance Studies at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in an interview with The Los Angeles Daily News.  Competition, local costs and enrollment … [ Read full post ]

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Proposed Medicare Advantage cutbacks cause uproar

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Proposed government cuts to insurers selling Medicare Advantage plans may be “small enough that it will not be as big of a problem as people fear,” said Shana Lavarreda, director of Health Insurance Studies at the Center, In an interview with KPCC. Listen to the story.

 

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Proposed ballot measures seek health cost caps

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

For many reasons, neither of two proposed state ballot measures will directly lower costs, although some groups may benefit, said Dylan Roby, director of the Center’s Health Economics and Evaluation Research Program, in an interview with Capital Public Radio. One measure would limit what hospitals can charge patients to 25% above actual … [ Read full post ]

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