Advocates for health and heath care see today’s budget agreement as mixed news for Californians.
Author: Lisa Renner
Medicare comes with high cost-sharing, a point driven home by a new study, which found that 42 percent of traditional Medicare beneficiaries nationwide will spend at least 20 percent of their income on health costs by 2030.
California is not adequately serving the needs of seniors with serious mental illnesses, according to a new study.
Services vary widely from county to county, the state lacks sufficient data to determine the demographics of the people served, and racial and cultural barriers are preventing people from getting needed services.
The 1.3 million California pregnant women and children covered by the Children’s Health Insurance Program don’t have to worry about losing their health care. Child health advocates expressed relief but said they were concerned about the length of time it took to get to this point.
About 32,000 pregnant women and children in California could lose health coverage in March if Congress doesn’t reauthorize the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program before then.
With huge expenses mounting because of her husband’s Alzheimer’s Disease, San Francisco Bay Area resident Linda Winter depends on the medical tax deduction to alleviate some of that pain. She and others in the same situation were stunned by the Republican proposal to eliminate that deduction.
Senators Lamar Alexander, a Republican of Tennessee, and Patty Murray, a Democrat of Washington, reached a deal Tuesday to fund the subsidies for two years. That deal needs a Congressional vote to be approved but even if it falls through, low-income residents in California will still be unaffected.
Though the Senate Republicans’ revised health bill includes additional funding compared to the previous version, health advocates say it would still have a devastating effect on low-income Californians.
Minorities would be particularly affected. According to the Medi-Cal Monthly Enrollment Fast Facts report in January, 48 percent of Medi-Cal recipients are Hispanic, 13 percent are Asian/Pacific Islander and 8 percent are African-American. Twenty percent are white and 12 percent didn’t report a race.
Aid and Assistance, a benefit for low-income veterans and their survivors, is underused, according to veteran service officers. Though there are 21 million vets nationwide, only 116,000 veterans and 126,500 survivors participate in Aid and Assistance.