Updated! Income inequality and access to genomic testing

[ Posted on April 6th, 2015 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]


At an April 7 forum in Washington D.C. organized by the journal Health Affairs, Associate Center Director Ninez Ponce will describe how socio-economic forces are restricting access to a cutting-edge genomic test for breast cancer patients, potentially increasing the disparity in health outcomes between the wealthy and the poor.

Ponce’s discussion will be based on her Health Affairs journal article, published today, which found that wealthier women who live in communities with the greatest income divide between rich and poor had better access to a new genetic test that can determine the most effective form of treatment for early-stage breast cancer.  The study also indicated that only a small minority of women with breast cancer received the test at all.

The forum, taking place at the at the National Press Club, features authors published in Health Affairs’ April issue, “The Cost and Quality of Cancer Care.” Read Ponce’s article “Early Diffusion of Gene Expression Profiling in Breast Cancer Patients Associated with Areas of High Income Inequality.”

Read a press release about the journal article here.

Register for the April 7 event in Washington D.C. here.

What: “Early Diffusion of Gene Expression Profiling in Breast Cancer Patients Associated with Areas of High Income Inequality”

Who:  Ninez Ponce, associate director at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the principal investigator of the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS)

When: Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Time:  9 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. EDT

Where:  National Press Club. 529 14th Street NW — 13th Floor,  Washington, DC

Follow live Tweets from the briefing @Health_Affairs.


Noon seminar today! Nadereh Pourat on “Undocumented Immigrants Eligible for DACA/DAPA: Who Are They?”

[ Posted on March 30th, 2015 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]


In this first of the Center’s 2015 Health Policy Seminar Series, Nadereh Pourat, the Center’s director of research, will discuss the findings of a study released March 26 on the health insurance status and characteristics (including age, income level and work status) of eligible California immigrants.

Pourat will also examine the potential effect on immigrants’ income and access to health insurance as well as the impact on Medi-Cal.

What: “Undocumented Immigrants Eligible for DACA/DAPA: Who Are They?”
Who: Nadereh Pourat, director of research and of the Health Economics and Evaluation Research Program, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
When: Tuesday,   March 31, 2015
Time: Noon - 1 p.m.
Where: 10960 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1550, Los Angeles, CA 90024 (map)

Attend in person or join us by live-streaming webinar from noon to 1 p.m.

A light lunch will be provided to in-person attendees.


In case you missed it: The Los Angeles Times reported on the joint study in a recent article entitled “Medi-Cal rolls could swell under Obama’s deportation relief plan” (March 26, 2015).  The study’s co-author, Nadereh Pourat, noted in the story that although many undocumented could qualify for coverage, fewer will sign up than are eligible, in part due to ongoing fears of deportation.

Lawsuits and proposed laws center of narrow networks

[ Posted on March 30th, 2015 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]


Health insurers are relying on a narrower list of health provider networks because, under health reform, they compete on price and can’t vary copayments or deductibles. As a result, insurers eliminate medical providers who can’t meet their cost expectations, Center Director Gerald Kominski said in a California Healthline story. But the backlash against narrow networks is growing.

Patient says narrow networks make it harder to book doctor appointments, require long-distance travel to find in-network care and cause other health access problems, the story reports.

In California, consumer groups are filing lawsuits over and lawmakers are submitting bills to increase oversight of the insurers’ networks. Those actions are prompting changes in how insurers respond to the individual market, the story reports. Kominski said. “If this is the direction at least a piece of the market is going, the bigger group market may follow suit.”

Read the story.

Tonight: “50 years of Medicare: What have we learned?”

[ Posted on March 18th, 2015 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]


Center Director Gerald Kominski will moderate and Faculty Associate Mark Peterson will be a panelist tonight at the UCLA Fielding School’s Health Forum, “50 years of Medicare: What have we learned?” Other panelists include David Sayen, Regional Administrator at Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and Richard Merkin,CEO and Founder of Heritage Group.

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare, a program that has improved the well-being of and increased economic security for millions of elderly Americans, individuals with disabilities, and their families. 2015 also marks the start of the new United States Congress, which will face a distinct set of challenges such as rising expenditures, a fragmented, confusing benefit structure, and inadequate financial protections for some low-income beneficiaries and high users of services.

In this health forum, panelists will discuss the historical importance of Medicare programs, political plans to privatize Medicare and increase the age of eligibility, as well as legal, political, financial and structural obstacles and opportunities going forward.

fphforumWhen: Wednesday, March 18, 6:00-8:00pm PDT
6:00-6:30pm: Coffee and Reception
6:30-7:15pm: Panel Presentations
7:15-8:00pm: Question and Answer Session
Where: Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium, UCLA
635 Charles E. Young Drive South, Los Angeles
To attend the seminar in person, RSVP here .
Join the online presentation here. Please note that program begins at 6:30pm PDT.

Special issue of AAPI Nexus Journal launches today

[ Posted on March 17th, 2015 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]




Associate Center Director Ninez Ponce and Center Faculty Associate Marjorie Kagawa-Singer are guest editors of the AAPI Nexus Journal’s special issue on federally qualified health centers. The issue looks back on 50 years of federally qualified community health centers, their service to Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities, and their value to the U.S. health care system.

Ponce and Kagawa-Singer will help launch the special issue during a reception tonight at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and Ponce will moderate a discussion about the findings. UCLA Asian American Studies Center, the Fielding School of Public Health, The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research’s and others are sponsors of the event.

View abstracts from the journal.

CHIS has role in new UC immigration research project

[ Posted on March 6th, 2015 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

CHIS_LogoThe California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), which is conducted by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in collaboration with the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Health Care Services, will be part of a research collaboration between five UC campuses that will help policymakers, non-governmental organizations and the public better understand and plan for immigrants, their integration into the state, and their impact on the educational system, workforce, public health, political environment, culture and more.

To better understand these issues and the immigrant experience overall, the project will collect new data and assess current policy practices. The collaboration with CHIS, a survey of 50,000 respondents which is administered in seven languages, will include new questions that focus on the integration of diverse groups over multiple immigrant generations.

The campuses involved are UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Riverside and UC San Diego.

Read the complete UC press release here.

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