‘Health care reform’ Archive

Basic health price information = lower health costs

Monday, June 9th, 2014

A column in the Sacramento Bee about Assembly Bill 1558 – a state measure that would help make the price of health care services and procedures more transparent — cites Center Director Gerald Kominski: “Price transparency is the missing piece” in lowering health care costs.

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Kominski, Center researchers at AcademyHealth 2014

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Center Director Gerald Kominski will participate in AcademyHealth’s Advocacy Interest Group’s inagural meeting on Saturday, June 7, just one of numerous Center panels, presentations and posters at the prestigious annual gathering of health services researchers.

In total, 15 Center researchers will lead or participate in 14 session panels and present an additional 4 posters. … [ Read full post ]

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$350 million-plus to expand Medi-Cal to undocumented

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

State Senator Ricardo Lara’s proposal to include poor undocumented immigrants in Medi-Cal next year would increase budget outlays for the program by two percent, but increase the number of people covered by seven percent, “a pretty good return on investment,” said the Center’s health economics program director Dylan Roby in a KPCC interview.
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Column: “Their future is our future”

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Giving undocumented immigrants access to health coverage would strengthen California both economically and socially, Associate Center Director Steven P. Wallace, Enrico Marcelli and Manuel Pastor write in a Sacramento Bee Op-Ed column, saying “their future is our future.” Read the column.

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Webinar: A look back at Year One of the health exchange

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

After initial glitches, the Covered California health enrollment website was a big success, the Center’s Gerald Kominski said in a recent webinar, and the “Shop and Compare” tool was “particularly useful.” A change he’d like to see: an easier way to set up an online account, which was “frustrating and unnecessarily time-consuming.”

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Health enrollments in Orange County triple what expected

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

In Orange County, 131,804 people enrolled in Covered California health plans – nearly triple the baseline forecast by the state exchange, according to an Orange County Register story. People “were very pragmatic and put politics aside” in the conservative-leaning county, said the Center’s Shana Alex Lavarreda.

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