California Health Report: Adding Insult to Injury: The Tale of the Blue Envelope

CMC Blue Envelope (Photo credit: St. Barnabas Senior Services

By Matt Perry Imagine you are an older adult in your 60s or 70s, perhaps even your 80s. You’ve lived a long life of exquisite joy and sorrow. Today, you suffer from diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and a mental health problem like depression or anxiety. Then, one day in the mail comes a blue envelope. … Continue reading

California Health Report: Aging’s Staunch Ally in The City of Angels

As we knew, Laura Trejo was most deserving of our inaugural LAAAC Champion Award. By Matt Perry Inside a bureaucratic jungle, Laura Trejo always finds room to roar. When Trejo sat in the midst of a panel of experts during the recent launch of a new state senate committee on aging, she spoke plainly yet … Continue reading

California Health Report: Huge Increase in Cases Handled by Medi-Cal Complaint Office This Year

By Hannah Guzik The California office that handles complaints from people in the state’s low-income health program has seen its monthly caseload increase by 82 percent this year compared to 2013. The Department of Health Care Services operates Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program. The department’s Managed Care Ombudsman Office responds to complaints from Medi-Cal enrollees. … Continue reading

California Health Report: State Senate to Aging Californians: We Care

By Matt Perry While the state Assembly has a committee dedicated to aging and long-term care, the State Senate hasn’t had one since it disappeared from the Committee on Health along with termed out sponsor Elaine Alquist at the end of 2012. That changed last week when the Senate publicly launched a new Select Committee … Continue reading

California Health Report: State Agency Running Medi-Cal Didn’t Know How Many Docs Took its Insurance

July 17, 2014   By Hannah Guzik The California agency that oversees the state’s low-income health plan vastly overstated the number of doctors who accepted patients through the state program last year, even as the number of people enrolled in the program was set to skyrocket under the federal Affordable Care Act, the California Health … Continue reading

California Health Report: What Covered California Failed to Track

By Hannah Guzik California should have done a better job collecting and releasing data on those who signed up for health insurance on the state’s open marketplace, advocates for minorities say. The exchange, run by Covered California, failed to ask enrollees about their gender identity and sexual orientation, and buried questions about race, ethnicity and … Continue reading

California Health Report: New Medi-Cal Renewal Process Could Lead to Loss of Coverage, Advocates Say

By Claudia Boyd-Barrett New enrollment forms the Medi-Cal program is using because of changes brought about by federal health reform are so confusing that they could lead to tens of thousands of eligible recipients losing their benefits, say advocates for the poor. County officials say the new format will ultimately make it easier for recipients … Continue reading

California Health Report: The Waiting Room: L.A. County’s Medi-Cal Backlog

By Jessica Portner As the deluge of applications for Medi-Cal continues to flood into Covered California, local health advocacy groups and providers throughout Los Angeles County say the sizable enrollment backlog is delaying health care services for needy residents. In L.A. County, 175,000 applications for the Medi-Cal program, which was expanded under the Affordable Care … Continue reading

California Health Report: Strange bedfellows unite to help older adults

By Matt Perry  In the near future, successful care for older adults will depend on bold and creative collaborations. That’s the message aging pioneer Ken Dychtwald gave last month’s Aging in America conference. Dychtwald, CEO of the consulting group Age Wave, might as well have been describing the “strange bedfellows” collaboration between two organizations often … Continue reading

California Health Report: Clinics Wait For More Patients in Obamacare Wake

By Genevieve Bookwalter St. James Health Center is ready for the onslaught. The community health clinic, one of the busiest in San Jose, sits on the corner of 2nd and Julian streets near downtown. Doctors, dentists, pharmacists and other health-care providers here treat some of the poorest patients in Santa Clara County — patients whom many … Continue reading

  • LAAAC is managed by St. Barnabas Senior Services; Funded, in part, by Archstone Foundation.
  • St. Barnabas Senior Services