California Health Report: Fewer Doctors Enrolled in Low-Income Insurance Program Despite Surge in Patients

By Hannah Guzik Nearly 25 percent fewer physicians were signed up to treat low-income patients in the state’s insurance program this spring compared to a year prior, despite the surge in patients enrolled in Medi-Cal. The drop in providers is due to the Department of Health Care Services’ efforts to remove doctors who haven’t complied … Continue reading

KPCC: Snafu keeps thousands of low-income Angelenos out of Medi-Cal

Adrian Florido Photo by Alex Proimos via Flickr Creative Commons Several thousand low-income people who were supposed to be switched on January 1st from an L.A. County health plan to Medi-Cal have fallen through the bureaucratic cracks. The county blames differences in personal information kept by the county and the state, and says it has … Continue reading

California Health Report: The iPad Therapist: Mental Health for the Aging

By Matt Perry Davis Park stands in front of 11 older adult residents of the Los Angeles independent living facility Good Shepherd Manor – all but one of them African-American – and asks what they know about technology. “How many of you know what videoconferencing is?” One hand rises. How many know how to use … Continue reading

California Health Report: Falling Through the Cracks: Thousands of Low-income Residents May Have Lost Health Coverage

By Hannah Guzik Martha Luque has diabetes, so she knew she needed health insurance. But the 60-year-old apartment manager almost lost coverage this year, because of the shifting landscape of California health programs. Last year, Luque was one of 654,000 residents statewide enrolled in the Low Income Health Program, a pre-Obamacare initiative to try to … Continue reading

NCOA: Congress Addresses Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary Issues

n its Medicare physician payment bill, the Senate Finance Committee did not make the Qualified Individual (QI) low-income program permanent as 112 national organizations requested, but it would extend the program for five years. The budget bill Congress will pass this week also includes a three-month Medicare extenders package, including QI and funding for low-income outreach … Continue reading

KHN: California Sends Incorrect Information To 246,000 Low-Income Patients

By Anna Gorman This KHN story was produced in collaboration with  California has mistakenly sent letters to 246,000 low-income residents, warning they may need to find new doctors next year under the state’s newly expanded Medicaid program. The error frustrated counties and community health centers which have repeatedly assured patients they can keep their providers when … Continue reading

California Healthline: State Outlines Plan To Transition Low-Income Health Program to Medi-Cal

by David Gorn   State officials last week said more than 90% of Low Income Health Program enrollees will be able to keep their primary care physician when LIHP is folded into the Medi-Cal expansion in 2014. Brian Hansen, health reform advisor in the director’s office at the Department of Health Care Services, made the prediction … Continue reading

California Healthline: CMS Outlines Cuts to Hospitals That Treat Low-Income Patients

On Monday, CMS issued a proposed rule detailing a payment reduction mandated under the Affordable Care Act to hospitals that treat a disproportionate share of low-income patients, Modern Healthcare reports. The Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payment reductions were developed as an offset for the cost of the ACA’s Medicaid expansion and are based on the assumption that the ACA’s coverage … Continue reading

California Healthline: CMS Outlines Cuts to Hospitals That Treat Low-Income Patients

On Monday, CMS issued a proposed rule detailing a payment reduction mandated under the Affordable Care Act to hospitals that treat a disproportionate share of low-income patients, Modern Healthcare reports. The Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payment reductions were developed as an offset for the cost of the ACA’s Medicaid expansion and are based on the assumption that the ACA’s coverage … Continue reading

LA Times: Medicaid has mixed record on improving health for poor, study says

By Noam N. LeveyMay 1, 2013, 2:00 p.m.   WASHINGTON — As state leaders debate whether to expand their Medicaid programs next year under President Obama’s healthcare law, new research suggests the government insurance plan for the poor has only a mixed record of improving health. Medicaid beneficiaries are less likely than the uninsured to have catastrophic medical expenses and … Continue reading

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