California Endowment Provides $23M for Medi-Cal Enrollment Efforts

The California Endowment has provided $23 million in grants to be awarded to 36 counties or county groups across the state for efforts to enhance outreach and increase enrollment in Medi-Cal, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program (Seipel, San Jose Mercury News, 1/28). The funding will be distributed by the California Department of Health Care Services.……

State Agency Nearing Extinction: “We Have Accomplished Our Mission”

It's a little quieter these days in the hallways and cubicles of the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board, the state agency that has overseen programs including Healthy Families, Access for Infants and Mothers and California's Preexisting Condition Insurance Plan. The Affordable Care Act, combined with the state's creation of a health benefit exchange and expansion of the Medi-Cal program,…

Is California Ready for Telehealth Growth?

A convergence of trends -- health care reform, a shortage of physicians and advances in technology -- will result in the rapid growth of telehealth starting this year, according to researchers. A new report from IHS, a research and analytics company, predicts telehealth -- a catch-all term describing doctors and other providers diagnosing, treating and monitoring patients remotely using…

Medi-Cal a Hidden Enrollment Success

The Department of Health Care Services last week released enrollment numbers for Medi-Cal-eligible Californians who initially contacted the Covered California health benefit exchange. The department said 143,608 people will likely receive Medi-Cal coverage as a result of contacting Covered California. That's about 40% of all applications completed through the exchange, said Anthony Cava, a…

Report Finds 57% of California School Districts Lack a Full-Time Nurse

More than half of California school districts do not have a full-time school nurse, even though the number of children in the state with chronic diseases is on the rise, HealthyCal  reports. Details of School Nurse Staffing Levels According to a soon-to-be released report by the California State University-Sacramento School of Nursing, 57% of school districts in the state lack a full-time…

Campaign Launched to Enroll Children, Families in Covered California

The Children's Partnership launched a statewide drive Wednesday to reach uninsured children and their families through schools, after-school programs and child care centers to provide information on the health care options available in Covered California and Medi-Cal under the Affordable Care Act." The first huge order of business is to let people know the world has changed, that for the first…

Autism Advocates Praise Covered California’s Expected Policy Change

The Covered California health benefit exchange board today is expected to reverse a policy that required all family members to join the exchange together, and that move is being hailed by autism advocates. They say a vital type of autism treatment now will be affordable for more California families. Many families in California cannot afford to pay for applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy,…

14% of Uninsured Kids Eligible for Public Insurance Live in California

Nearly 37% of all U.S. children who are eligible for public health insurance programs but who remain uninsured live in California, Florida and Texas, according to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report, UPI reports (UPI, 9/18). Details of Report The report -- which was conducted by Urban Institute researchers -- found that the national rate of children who were eligible for public health…

Big Jump in School-Based Health Centers

When California elementary, middle and high school students return to school this fall, almost 230,000 of them will have access to health care through school-based health centers. That's an increase of more than 25,000, the largest one-year jump since the California School Health Centers Association started keeping track in 2004. School-based health clinics have more than doubled in California…