Nearly 27 percent – 6.2 million — of California adults 18 to 64 years old had no health insurance for all or part of the past year. The figure was higher for Latinos in the state, 38.6 percent or 3.4 million people. This information is from the Center’s new 2011-12 Race and Ethnicity Health Profiles, a report on the health status of the state’s diverse population.
The Center’s Dylan Roby, left, and Alicia Cole, a patient safety advocate (and former Bruin), joined Partha Nandi as guests on his medical TV show “Ask Dr. Nandi” for a segment called “Truth in Medical Care.”
Roby, director of the Health Economics and Evaluation Research Program at the Center, responded to people about their experiences with the Affordable Care Act, discussed the health care system and participated in an audience Q&A. The show will air at a later date.
A UCLA study about vulnerable, low-income seniors who live alone found that pets were critical in maintaining quality of life for many in the study, according to a story in New Media America. “We discovered pets were a big source of social support,” said Center researcher Kathryn Kietzman.
The unexpected finding came as HOME (Helping Older-Adults Maintain Independence) Project researchers interviewed study participants about changes to their health care and social service network, as the state transitions them to a new managed-care system, Cal MediConnect.
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A dentist’s personal characteristics and how he or she runs a practice can limit access to dental care in underserved areas, according to a journal article co-authored by the Center’s Nadereh Pourat in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry.
The study found that low-income and minority populations were less like to have access to dental care in areas where there were a higher proportion of dentists who were older, only spoke English, had small practices, worked part-time, and did not accept Medicaid or discounted fees, and other characteristics.
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About half of all Californians, 50.6 percent, had employer-based health insurance through their workplace for all of the past year. About 36.3 percent of Latinos had employer-based coverage for all of the past year. The information is from the Center’s new 2011-2012 Race and Ethnicity Health Profiles, a report on the health status of the state’s diverse population.
Raising the state minimum wage is “an ideal opportunity” to see how health can be improved through social and economic policy, said Center Director Gerald Kominski in a California Healthline report, which discussed the recent attempt to boost minimum wage to $13 by 2017.
The hourly minimum wage in California increased by $1 on July 1, to $9. It was the first increase since 2008, according to the state Department of Industrial Relations.
A recent study that cited California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) data said that raising the state’s minimum wage to $13 would prevent an estimated 389 premature deaths of low-income Californians a year.
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