California Health Report: A Quiet Revolution in Primary Care

Pharmacist Karl Hess, right, gives Mildred Keagy of La Verne an inoculation required for Keagy’s planned trip to South Africa. Hess is helping to write protocol recommendations for a new state law that expands pharmacists’ scope of practice. The law is intended to ease an expected physician shortage as demand for healthcare services surges under … Continue reading

California Health: Cuts to Medi-Cal Threaten Access to Care

Employees fill orders at a specialty pharmacy operated by ModernHealth in North Hollywood. Sherri Cherman, ModernHealth’s president and chief operating officer, says if state officials impose a 10 percent cut next year, the company will have to drop out of the Medi-Cal network.Photo: Chris Richard By Chris Richard Medi-Cal, the Medicaid program for 8.5 million … Continue reading

California Health Report: ACA brings new business to clinics, but also new competition

By Daniel Weintraub  Community clinics – the backbone of California’s health care safety net – face a whipsaw from the Affordable Care Act.  On the one hand, the law opens the state’s free health program for the poor, Medi-Cal, to more than a million Californians who don’t have insurance today. This should mean a big … Continue reading

California Health Report: LA Organizes Unprecedented Enrollment Campaign

Photo: Courtesy HCEC Photos By Callie Shanafelt As Obamacare outreach efforts ramp up around the country, the question on everyone’s mind is ‘who will enroll?’ But those who are especially in the know wonder if ‘hard-to reach’ people will even understand that there are programs that they can in. Seven million California residents are currently … Continue reading

HealthyCal: How much demand for health care will ACA generate? No one really knows.

Benjamin Norman for The New York Times Patients at the Peekskill center, which may or may not get to keep a $4.5 million federal grant.

Published: July 18, 2013 By Leslie Griffy California Health Report Forecasting the impact of the Affordable Care Act requires researchers to head into the unknown. “Let me start saying that nobody really knows what the impact will be. Everyone is estimating and making assumptions,” said Ignacio Navarro, assistant professor at California State University Monterey Bay … Continue reading

HealthyCal: Covering the uninsured left behind by ACA

By Lynn GraebnerCalifornia Health Report Millions of Californians will remain uninsured after the signature reforms of the Affordable Care Act roll out in 2014. Legislators are proposing an employer-funded trust to insure many of those who will likely fall through the cracks of the Affordable Care Act. Assemblyman Manuel Perez introduced Assembly Bill 175, which … Continue reading

HealthyCal: Spreading the Word about California’s Health Care Exchange

Published: March 14, 2013 By Suzanne PotterCalifornia Health Report California’s new health insurance marketplace — part of federal health reform — is preparing a massive information blitz to let state residents know about their new options for buying coverage. The health benefit exchange, called Covered California, will start enrolling members in October of this year … Continue reading

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