About 61% of those enrolled in the state health exchange already had insurance before switching their coverage, and 39 percent were previously uninsured, said Ken Jacobs, one of the developers of CalSIM, in an interview with California Healthline. CalSIM, a micro-simulation model, was used by Covered California to estimate enrollment and shape coverage decisions. Read the story.
Shana Alex Lavarreda, director of the Health Insurance Studies Program at the Center, will be a panelist at a Zócalo event tonight at
the Goethe Institut in Los Angeles. The topic: what the effect of health reform could be on immigrants, whether documented or undocumented.
Find more event details here.
The latest Covered California enrollment numbers are “a good omen,” said Dylan Roby, director of the Center’s Health Economics and Evaluation Research Program, in an interview with the Orange County Register. By the end of March, 1.2 million people had signed up for coverage through the state health exchange and 500,000 applications were still being processed, according to the story.
Three doctoral students were awarded scholarships named for E. Richard “Rick” Brown, the Center’s founding director, who passed away in April 2012. The “Brown Scholars” will participate as junior investigators in public health services and systems research at the 2014 Keeneland Conference in Kentucky. Read the announcement.
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 an Associated Press interview. Read the story.
Health educator Sarah Ramirez is trying to improve the diets of undernourished residents in Tulare County by harvesting and delivering excess local farm produce to food banks, CNN reports. The story says nearly three-quarters of adults in the area are either overweight or obese, according to the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS).
Working as a part-time epidemiologist for the county, she saw the ties between food insecurity and the high rates of obesity and diabetes. ”I’ve had moments in the clinic where I have people literally cry because they tell me they can’t afford to eat well or eat healthy.”
Read the CNN story.