Author: California Health Report

The ACA and women's health

The Affordable Care Act has several provisions aimed at improving women’s health. In this infographic, the Journal of the American Medical Association lays out some of the issues women face and how the ACA might help. Click on the thumbnail to see the full graphic.

How wealth drives health — and what we can do about it

By Daniel Weintraub California is a land of health extremes, and to see what that means, you need only travel a few miles from the state Capitol. Placer and Yuba counties border each other about a half hour’s drive north of downtown Sacramento. Both places are largely rural. But the similarities end there. Placer’s residents are, on average, much healthier than their neighbors across the

Strange bedfellows unite to help older adults

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 considered mortal enemies – a county aging services agency and a managed health care plan

Health before — and after — health care

Even as lawmakers in Washington D.C. drove themselves into a bitter partisan divide over federal health reform in 2010, an unusual experiment across the country in Oregon was amassing evidence that the rancorous debate in Congress was focused on many of the wrong things.

And if what Oregon’s experience is telling us now is accurate, the Affordable Care Act will be neither the boon to America’s health that its supporters claim nor the threat that its detractors fear it will be.

Why? Because expanding access to health insurance and even health care — the primary goal of the ACA — might not make us healthier, at least not in the the short term and not in the ways most people seem to believe.

ACA subsidies: $2 billion for California

Forty percent of Californians eligible for federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act had signed up for coverage by March 1, a level of participation that will translate into more than $2 billion in tax credits for those consumers over the next year, the Kaiser Family Foundation says in a new issue brief. California’s enrollment rate is among the highest in the nation, and the

Measles cases on the rise

Confirmed cases of measles in California have increased ten times over last year at this time, the California Department of Public Health reported Friday. The department said 32 confirmed cases have been confirmed so far this year compared to just three at this time a year ago. “Immunization is the best defense against measles, with 99 percent of persons developing immunity after two doses,” Dr.

1.7 million enroll in health plans, Medi-Cal under ACA

Half a million Californians completed the enrollment process to buy private insurance through Covered California between Oct. 1 and the end of 2013, putting the new health care exchange on track to reach its goals by the end of the open enrollment period in March, officials said. About 400,000 of those people were eligible for subsidies to reduce the price of their coverage through the

Flu deaths spike in California

California saw a big spike in deaths from the flu last week. The disease has now claimed nine times as many lives this season as at the same time last year, and those numbers will likely climb even higher soon. Officials with the state Department of Public Health said 45 people under age 65 died from the disease between Sept. 1 and Jan. 11, with

Historic prison reform raises fundamental questions

California is two years into an historic reform of its criminal justice policy, shifting low-level offenders from state prison to county custody. The change has resulted in 18,000 inmates going free who, in past years, would have been behind bars. Now a new study suggests that this change has led to a significant increase in auto theft. How should the state respond?

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