Covered California released uninsurance “hot spot” maps that were created using estimates from California Simulation of Insurance Markets (CalSIM), a micro-simulation model developed by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, and from other sources.
The maps, released Dec. 8 – 15, highlight areas where a high proportion of residents are eligible for subsidies but still lack insurance. Media coverage included: California Healthline, Government Health IT, Orange County Register, California Hospital Association, Kaiser Health News, Los Angeles Independent, Tri-County Sentry, San Francisco Bay View, Fontana Herald News, KFBK (Sacramento), KPBS, and KPCC. (more…)
The 2015 annual national meeting for the National Network of State and Local Health Surveys, the network of professionals working to develop and advance state and local health population health surveys, will be held via webinar this year. Discussions will include current state and local-level heath surveys and ways state survey data are monitoring ACA implementation. (more…)
Ninez Ponce, a Center associate director, was named co-chair of a new National Quality Forum (NQF) standing committee that will focus on eliminating disparities through quality measurement.
The NQF is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan, membership-based organization that works to promote and ensure patient protections and healthcare quality through measurement and public reporting.
Read the NQF press release.
Narrow health provider networks existed before the ACA (think of Kaiser as the original narrow network) and can provide quality health care, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research Director Gerald Kominski writes today in a Center for Health Reporting column, but finding a way to measure, monitor and ensure adequacy of and access to health networks is critical.
Kominski also spoke on the topic during the Center’s October Health Policy seminar, and said some studies suggest narrow networks were equal to regular networks. Although there are some legitimate concerns over limited networks, Kominski said much of the concern is driven by politics — those opposing the Affordable Care Act. “We just don’t know how narrow networks were before the ACA — we weren’t tracking it.” (more…)
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has created a greater degree of standardization of health insurance plans than has ever existed in the individual (non-group) health insurance market. All policies are required to have Essential Health Benefits, as well as four metal tiers based on plan actuarial values and standard limits on maximum annual out-of-pocket spending. As a result, one of the most significant remaining features of health plans that can vary considerably is the number of doctors and hospitals contracting with each health plan. (more…)