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(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....

(June 14, 2017)

By Carol Backstrom, Principal and Director, Delivery System Transformation
and Hilary Haycock, President


The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has resulted in more than 20 million Americans gaining health coverage through the creation of the health insurance marketplaces and the expansion of the Medicaid program. Since 2010, the uninsurance rate has decreased from nearly 16 percent to only 8.8 percent today. One of the remaining challenges facing states is the instability of the individual insurance marketplace, which has caused premiums to increase significantly in some parts of the country....

(May 02, 2017)

By Hilary Haycock
President


Last week, I gave a presentation at the Northern California State of Reform Conference on what multi-silo care coordination looks like in California’s safety net. The good news? California is investing in innovative programs designed to break down those silos and help providers deliver person-centered care. The bad news? We still have a long way to go!...

(April 19, 2017)

By Megan Thomas
Senior Policy Consultant


About 16 percent of the more than 60,000 children between pre-kindergarten and the eighth grade served in the Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS) need eye glasses, according to the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD). Uncorrected vision can have numerous consequences, including poor school performance and interference with physical and social development. Glasses are an easy way to improve vision quickly and can positively influence learning, achievement and self-esteem....

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