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(October 25, 2017)

By Molly Brassil, Director, Behavioral Health Policy
and Erynne Jones, Senior Policy Consultant


Youth and their family members who seek treatment for addiction in California must navigate a complicated public health care system where physical health, mental health, and substance use disorders (SUD) services are administered by different entities and often, in an uncoordinated fashion. And accessing treatment is not easy – navigating between multiple health care delivery systems that are not well coordinated can be especially complicated for youth and their families....

(October 17, 2017)

By Jennifer Ryan, Vice President; Tanya Schwartz, Director, Medicaid Policy; and Molly Brassil, Director, Behavioral Health Policy

One would need to be completely “off the grid” to not be aware of the opioid crisis that has overtaken the country. Alarming and heart wrenching stories about the surprising range of victims of the substance use epidemic top the news headlines on a daily basis. The death rate due to drug overdoses has exceeded car accidents as the leading cause of death among adults under age 50 – since 2000, the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids (opioid pain relievers and heroin) has increased by 200%....

(October 03, 2017)

By Jennifer Ryan, Vice President

As the deadline for formally reauthorizing the state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) passed last Friday, I found myself remembering the origins of (S)CHIP, the collective effort that went into implementing the program, and the important role it plays for nearly nine million children today.  While there is hope this week that the House will adopt the Senate Finance Committee’s version of a reauthorization package, the fact that legislative action did not occur before CHIP technically expired has raised concern and uncertainty across the country....

(September 06, 2017)

By Carol Backstrom, Principal and Director, Delivery System Transformation

Back-to-school often means new clothes, a new backpack, and new school supplies. Schools also play an important role when it comes to children’s health. As the new school year begins, it’s a good time to remind ourselves how schools can help with outreach and enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) in order keep students healthy, strong, and ready to learn....

(July 26, 2017)

By Ryan MacDonald, Director of Outreach and Engagement

Physicians are a crucial element of our health care system.They are on the frontlines, not only directing patient care, but also implementing many of the system changes we need to improve care and achieve greater efficiencies. Efforts to increase access, quality, and value in the health care delivery system hinge on physician buy-in – making physician engagement a top priority for many of Harbage Consulting’s clients....

(July 07, 2017)

By Hilary Haycock, President
and Lucy Pagel, Policy Consultant


Harbage Consulting, with support from the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) released “Medi-Cal Matters,” a report detailing the importance of California’s Medicaid program, Medi-Cal, to Californians. Through a series of graphs and infographics, the report demonstrates the many benefits Medi-Cal delivers to Californians, by providing access to vital health care providers and services to millions of Californians at all stages of life and levels of need. The report highlights the value Californians find in the Medi-Cal program as well as the economic benefits....

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