According to 2014 data, workers in education, health care and social assistance had high rates of excellent/good self-rated health and health coverage ― more than 90 percent of this group had insurance.
Related 2013-2014 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) data (shown below) charted on the website estimate almost 60% of teens drink at least one sugar-sweetened beverage daily:
Wonder how much soda/sugar-sweetened beverages adults drink? Find adult rates by ZIP code on AskCHIS NE.
“The free market doesn’t work for health care,” said Nadereh Pourat, Center Director of Research, in a Los Angeles Times column about the extreme price gap for a rabies shot that cost under $20 in Thailand and more than $5,000 in Torrance. “With health care, there’s no price transparency.”
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What will health coverage look like under a President Trump? A President Clinton? In a Sept. 27 seminar, Center Director Gerald Kominski will discuss the evolving visions of the presidential candidates’ health plans.
Specifically, Kominski will describe Republican nominee Donald Trump’s idea to replace the Affordable Care Act with block grants to states to provide health care to low-income people as well as to enable the sale of health insurance across state lines. Alternatively, Democrat nominee Hilary Clinton has vowed to expand Medicaid in every state as well as to undocumented workers and their families. She has also pledged to limit prescription drug costs.
How feasible are these ideas in an age of extreme partisanship?
A new Center study reports 71% of health care expenses in California were paid for with public money in 2016, breaking down the “myth” that insurance coverage is a private system, said Center Director Gerald Kominski in Modern Healthcare. Kominski co-authored the study, which was also featured in Kaiser Health News, My News LA, Fierce Healthcare, and other media.
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More Americans have health insurance coverage in the U.S. and California, thanks to the ACA, Center Director Gerald Kominski says. But health care – the lack of it, the expense of it – is a primary issue again in this year’s presidential election.
In a new Q&A Center Director Gerald Kominski says it’s time to combat “the crazy patchwork of health care financing we have in the U.S.” based on whether people are poor, retired seniors, or part of the working population. He says it’s time to upgrade to ACA 2.0 and consider a single system that can be personalized, but maintain minimum benefit requirements “that guarantee a floor for everyone.”
The Q&A is related to a new policy brief on the 71 percent of health care expenditures in California that are paid for by public dollars.
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