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Health reform, job creator

Yes, health reform provides new consumer protections, expands and secures health coverage, and works to reduce the cost of health care. But for some, that isn’t enough. Some ask: does it create jobs? On Sunday, a prominent employer group released a new report that answers that yes, federal health care reform will add tens of thousands of […] Read More

The seamless coverage paper is out…

It’s one of the problems in our health care system is that people also lose their coverarge when they lose their job, get divorced, etc. Our colleagues at the UC-Berkeley Labor Center have posted on their website our new paper, entitled, “The Promise of the Affordable Care Act, the Practical Realities of Implementation: Maintaining Health […] Read More

How to stay insured after life changes…

In partnership with leading academics at UC-Berkeley, Health Access California is very pleased to unveil a new paper next week. We will talk about it at a special Washington, DC, panel next Thursday: Maintaining Health Coverage after Life TransitionsOctober 27, 2011, 12:00pm – 1:30pmAdmission is free.RSVP to attend this eventorWatch Live Online Opening Remarks:Topher Spiro, […] Read More

Distinguished Californians…

The Institute of Medicine announced the names of 65 new members today in conjunction with its annual meeting today–and the very distinguished list includes 20 Californians. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment […] Read More

New Census Data: California Uninsured Rate Goes Up…

New US Census data released today includes information on income, poverty, and health insurance collected in 2010. The data showed an increase in the number of people who were uninsured, the number of people with health insurance increased to 256.2 million in 2010 from 255.3 million in 2009. Between 2009 and 2010, the percentage of […] Read More

More work to do…

The Kaiser Family Foundation has come out with a new tracking poll with some interesting trends about people’s perceptions of the Affordable Care Act. The biggest finding is that a small percentage of those that will benefit from the law realize it. From KFF: Although estimates are that 32 million uninsured Americans will gain coverage […] Read More

Hospital bills hit the uninsured hard…

A new report released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows that few families without health insurance have the financial assets to pay potential hospital bills. On average, uninsured families can only afford to pay in full for approximately 12-percent of hospital stays they may experience – and even higher […] Read More

We like it!

In California, we’ve now seen clear and consistent majorities in support of the new federal health law, for over a year since its passage. While national polls have shown a split between supporters and opponents of the law both in the 40s, some with either side slightly ahead, the Field Poll in California came out […] Read More

Clear majority support…

A clear majority of Californians support the Affordable Care Act, 51% support, 36% oppose. There’s much more interesting stuff in the new survey results. To look for yourself, here’s a link to the full poll by the Public Policy Institute of California. Health Access California promotes quality, affordable health care for all Californians.

A deductible between you and your doctor…

The Los Angeles Times has an important story by Duke Helfand on the rise of high-deductible health plans, and the risk that come with them. It focuses on a new report by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, which reveals the increased costs–and delayed care–that patients experience under such coverage. Check out the study […] Read More