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.
A state ballot measure that would give the insurance commissioner the power to reject or approve increases to health insurance premiums “on average” might help states avoid high increases compared to states that don’t have rate regulation, but veto power doesn’t guarantee lower prices, the Center’s Dylan Roby said in an interview with California Healthline. Read the story.
David Grant and other members of the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) team will give several presentations featuring CHIS data at the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) Conference in Anaheim this weekend. AAPOR is the premier survey methods organization in the nation.
Participants from CHIS include: Tara L. Becker , David Grant, Matt Jans, Royce Park, Ninez A. Ponce, Joe Viana, Yueyan Wang, YuChing Yang, and Hongjian Yu. They will discuss a range of topics, such as cellphone survey sampling, how changes in methodology affect comparing survey estimates through the years, and sexual orientation in survey response.
Ying-Ying Meng is the lead author of a new Center study on the rate of hospitalized patients with diabetes. In this brief interview, she talks about why diabetes patients are more costly to care for in the hospital than patients without diabetes, whether diabetes rates will come down in the future, and how policymakers can respond to this costly and widespread health condition.
Read the Q & A.
One in three people who end up hospitalized in California have diabetes, according to the a new policy brief published by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy.
Although diabetes may not be the initial reason for these hospitalizations, the disproportionate share of patients with the disease highlights the effect it is having on California’s health care costs. The report also says the disease is especially high in hospitalized patients from ethnic communities, particularly Latinos.
“If you have diabetes, you are more likely to be hospitalized, and your stay will cost more,” said Ying-Ying Meng, lead author of the study and a researcher at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “There is now overwhelming evidence to show that diabetes is devastating not just to patients and families but to the whole health care system.”
Read the policy brief: Diabetes Tied to a Third of California Hospital Stays, Driving Health Care Costs Higher
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.”
Listen to the webinar “How Did We Do In Year One?”