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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 jobs to the California economy. The report was conducted by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute (BACEI) is a public-private institution that typically advocates for business interests. The reports goes over each provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and attempts to quantify the potential economic impact. “On net, this analysis suggests that upon full implementation in California, the Affordable Care Act will have a positive impact on […] 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 Coverage During Life Transitions.” Let us know what you think. Health Access California promotes quality, affordable health care for all Californians.

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, Managing Director for Health Policy, Center for American Progress Panelists:Ken Jacobs, UC Berkeley Labor CenterBeth Capell, Health Access CaliforniaMark Iwry, Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Retirement and Health Policy, U.S. Department of the TreasuryHelen Morrison, Deputy Benefits Tax Counsel, U.S. Department of the Treasury Moderator:Ann O’Leary, UC Berkeley School of Law Nearly half of all Americans can be expected to […] 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 to service. In addition to the list of Californians, we also note and congratulate Tim Jost, a highly-respected professor of law in Virginia who serves with us as a designated consumer representative at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners; and Atul Gawande, the Massachussetts surgeon who writes for the New Yorker. California should be proud of our UC system, with multiple inductees coming from multiple […] 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 people covered by private health insurance declined from 64.5 percent to 64.0 percent, and as a result more people turned to public programs, as evidenced by the growth in the percentage covered by government health insurance increasing from 30.6 percent to 31.0 percent. The percentage covered by employment-based health insurance declined from 56.1 percent to 55.3 percent. This decline in coverage has been most impactful […] 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 under the ACA, only about half of non-elderly Americans currently without coverage say they are familiar with the chief components in the law designed to achieve this goal. Perhaps because awareness of these coverage expansions is low, nearly half (47%) of the uninsured do not expect to be affected at all by the health reform law, either positively or negatively. But three in ten (31%) […] 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 income uninsured families are unable to pay for most potential hospital stays. Hospital stays for which the uninsured cannot pay in full account for 95% of the total amount hospitals bill the uninsured. This is an issue that we at Health Access has focused on, leading to the passage of legislation to help the uninsured deal with hospital bill. Advice for those with hospital bills […] 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 on Monday indicating that of Californians, 52% support the law, and only 37% oppose it. That’s important news, news (reported in the San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere) that should provide momentum to efforts to continue to implement and improve upon the federal law–including the dozen-plus bills in the legislature, and to the efforts of Governor Brown and other leaders to take the next steps to […] 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 at their website. From their release: These health plans, which can impose deductibles of more than $5,000, may cause members to delay care and can put families in financial jeopardy should a health crisis arise, note the authors of the report, Profiling California’s Health Plan Enrollees: Findings from the 2007 California Health Interview Survey. Yet high-deductible plans are often the only insurance many Americans – […] Read More