Wallace on LA’s current and future “hidden poor” elders

[ Posted on October 5th, 2016 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]


Los Angeles is home to about 200,000 ‘hidden poor’ elders who aren’t poor according to national poverty standards, but still can’t afford to make ends meet, said Steven P. Wallace, associate director at UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, on the KCRW series “Going Gray in LA.”

Wallace said about half of the state’s older ethnic and racial minorities currently live below the Elder Index, which measures the actual cost of food, housing, transportation, health care and other expenses by region.

And who are the state’s future ‘hidden poor”? One “prospective” group: retiring, middle-class people who currently can make ends meet but may struggle once they retire. He said the average life expectancy is 80, which means someone who retires at 65 needs a nest egg big enough to fund 15 more years. At least.

“But God forbid they continue living longer. And we’re living longer every year, so when they reach 90 and have no money and no pension, they’ll be in this hidden poor group as well,” Wallace said.

Read the full story. Read about the Elder Index poverty measure.

New on AskCHIS! California health data by industry, occupation

[ Posted on September 14th, 2016 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]
askchis2-0How much does the health of California workers compare from industry to industry? Which workers have the highest, or lowest, rates of health insurance? You can now search and easily compare health, demographic and insurance topics by industry and occupation on the free web query tool AskCHIS.

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.

Find details on how to search AskCHIS by type of industry and occupation here.

Soda taxes decrease consumption, study reports

[ Posted on September 12th, 2016 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

Consumption of sugary beverages such as soda dropped 21 percent and water consumption rose 63 percent after a soda tax was passed in Berkeley in 2014, according to a study featured on Kidsdata.org.

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:kids_soda

Wonder how much soda/sugar-sweetened beverages adults drink? Find adult rates by ZIP code on AskCHIS NE.


Big price gap for rabies shot exposes US health care woes

[ Posted on September 7th, 2016 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]


“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.”

Read the story.

Sept. 27: “The Presidential Candidates: Their Health Plans”

[ Posted on September 2nd, 2016 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]
Sept. 27: “The Presidential Candidates: Their Health Plans”

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?

Join us in-person or online  Sept. 27 for a timely discussion at our free noon seminar.


Private health care system in US a ‘myth’

[ Posted on September 2nd, 2016 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

public_pie2A 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.

Read the study.

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