Nearly 40 percent of Latinos in state uninsured in 2011-12

[ Posted on July 21st, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

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.

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Roby talks health care, the ACA on “Ask Dr. Nandi” show

[ Posted on July 18th, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

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.

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Pets play a big role in health, happiness of vulnerable seniors

[ Posted on July 17th, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]
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Kietzman

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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Dentists’ personal traits can limit access to the underserved

[ Posted on July 16th, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]
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Pourat

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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Half in state had employment-based insurance in 2011-12

[ Posted on July 16th, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

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.

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Can increasing the minimum wage improve health?

[ Posted on July 11th, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]
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Kominski

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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