Center Director Gerald Kominski recently discussed the math behind the $50,000 figure the Congressional Budget Office reported it cost to cover an uninsured person under the Affordable Care Act: the figure is for 10 years of coverage, not one year.
So, the cost per year is about $5,000, said Kominski in an interview on NewsmaxTV’s MidPoint program.
In comparison, the average health premium for single coverage was $6,025 in 2014, according to the Kaiser Employer Health Benefits Survey.
Kominski also talked about why the current costs for the program are 10 to 20 percent lower than the original 2010 estimates.
Watch the interview.
Millions of Californians have benefited from the ACA reforms, but undocumented immigrants have been left behind, said Nadereh Pourat, the Center’s director of research, in a California Health Report story.
Senior researcher Dylan Roby said there are charity programs and emergency Medi-Cal coverage for some in the group, although “it’s still very temporary.”
A bill in the state Senate would extend Medi-Cal to and set up a Covered California-like health exchange for undocumented residents who meet certain qualifications. The story cites a joint study by the Center and UC Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education found that a 2 percent increase in Medi-Cal spending would provide preventive health care for as many as 730,000 undocumented Californians.
“You can ignore the fact that they aren’t getting basic services or do something about it—because later on you have to pay the price,” said Pourat.
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A story in California Healthline says enrollment in a not-for-profit insurer that covers San Bernardino and Riverside county’s low-income residents has more than doubled, from 500,000 in 2011 to 1 million today.
The story cited California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) data that estimated the share of uninsured residents in the two counties in 2007 at 20 percent and 23 percent, respectively.
About 750,000 residents of Riverside and San Bernardino counties were uninsured before health care reform compared to 250,000 today, said Bradley Gilbert, the CEO of Inland Empire Health Plan in the story. “We did not predict 350,000 members. Not even close.”
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Nadereh Pourat, the Center’s director of research, will discuss “The Health Care System’s Contribution to Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Care Access” from noon to 1 p.m. today in CHS 13-105. The event is part of UCLA Global Health Awareness Week 2015.
As of January 6, more than one million questions have been posed to AskCHIS — the Center’s Web query tool that allows you to quickly search for statewide, regional or county health statistics. AskCHIS was created in 2003 and is powered by data from the California Health Interview Survey.
“I can think of no other Web statistical tool that has been used so much and by so many,” said Ninez Ponce, the principal investigator for the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) and an associate director of the Center. “This is an extraordinary milestone for the Center and for the goal of making health statistics understandable and usable for the widest possible audience.”
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A recent California audit found that 56 percent of children in the Medi-Cal dental program – 2.86 million – did not receive dental care through the program in the 2012-13 federal fiscal year, and last week’s state budget failed to address the issue, California Healthline reports.
In comparison, Ohio had the lowest rate of utilization of child dental services with 23.7 percent, while Texas had the highest at 63.4 percent, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The average rate nationwide was 47.6 percent.
Associate Center Director Nadereh Pourat said lack of care is a “perennial problem” in California because few dentists – about 40 percent in a 2003 survey– accept Medi-Cal dental patients because of the low reimbursement rates.
Read the story.