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1 KEY PUBLICATIONS: ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE PUBLIC POLICY BRIEFING KEYS Prepared by Health Access, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, and Western Center on Law & Poverty for the January 2009 From the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum at A Blueprint for the Health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders From the California Budget Project: at Proposed Budget Cuts Come at a Time of Growing Need December 2008 Budget Gap Widens Significantly, Governor Proposes Deep Cuts, New Taxes Governor Signs Budget: Plan Includes Deep Spending Cuts, Massive Future Tax Breaks, Debt, and Budget Process Changes How Much Is Too Much?: A Framework for Evaluating Health Care Affordability May 2007 From The California Endowment at Health Insurance Survey of California Farm and Ranch Operators: Who Experiences Financial Hardship Because of Health Care Costs? From the California HealthCare Foundation at California Health Benefits Survey 2008 December 2008 Snapshot: California s Uninsured, 2008 December Page 1

2 Geography Is Destiny: Differences in Health Care Among Medicare Beneficiaries in the United States and California Drilling Down: Access, Affordability, and Consumer Perceptions in Adult Dental Health Slowing Medi-Cal Churn: Counties Collaborate to Improve Efficiency Actuarial Value: A Method for Comparing Health Plan Benefits Employer Cafeteria Plans: States' Legal and Policy Issues How Much Is Too Much? An Analysis of Health Plan Profits and Administrative Costs in California The Future of California's SCHIP Program Increasing Access to Dental Care in Medicaid: Does Raising Provider Rates Work? March 2008 Making Health Care Costs More Transparent to Consumers: A Summary for Policymakers February 2008 Medi-Cal Facts and Figures: A Look at California's Medicaid Program May 2007 Medi-Cal Budget and Cost Drivers January 2006 The Guide to Medi-Cal Programs, Third Edition, From the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network at The Path to Healthy Communities: Mapping California s Priorities June 2008 The Unequal Landscape of Diabetes: Place-based solutions to end an epidemic May 2008 From the California Primary Care Association at The Future of Community Clinics and Health Centers in California s Safety Net: A Blueprint for Action April Page 2

3 From the California Program on Access to Care at Access to Dental Care for California s Adult Immigrants and Their Children: Empirical Analyses, Policy Simulations, and Recommendations Confronting Healthcare Disparities in Medi-Cal Managed Care: The Role of Ethnicity, Race, and Primary Language March 2008 Increasing Health Care Access for the Medically Underserved in Four California Counties February 2008 The Impact of Race/Ethnicity and Language on Access and Experience of Care Among California s Commercially Insured Adults February 2007 From the California Research Bureau at Health Information Technology-Electronic Health Records: A Primer Ninety Years of Health Insurance Reform Efforts in California October 2007 Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: A Review of Selected State Programs February 2006 From the California State Rural Health Association at California Health Reform: What s at Stake for Rural Communities? From the Center on Policy Initiatives at The Working Uninsured, Part 2 July 2008 The Working Uninsured: An analysis of worker health coverage among California industries July 2007 From The Children s Partnership at California's Children Need a Strong SCHIP Reauthorization Before March 2009 Meeting the Health Care Needs of California's Children: The Role of Telemedicine March Page 3

4 From the Community Health Councils, Inc. at Outreach, Enrollment, Retention, & Utilization Strategies for Health Care Coverage: Operationalizing the Policy Framework From the Dental Health Foundation at Adult Dental Medi-Cal Cuts: Costs & Consequences May 2008 From the Economic Policy Institute at The erosion of employer-sponsored health insurance: Declines continue for the seventh year running A Decade of Decline: The Erosion of Employer-Provided Health Care in the United States and California, April 2008 From the Frequent Users of Health Services Initiative at Summary Report of Evaluation Findings: A Dollars and Sense Strategy to Reducing Frequent Use of Hospital Services From Health Access at Bills of Interest to California Health Advocates Health Access Health Care Budget Cuts Scorecard Analysis: Health Services Budget May 2008 Adverse Reaction: Proposed Health Budget Cuts Would Lead to Increased Health Insurance Premiums Significant Side Effects: The Economic Impacts of Health Care Cuts in California Communities Not Just a One-Time Cut: Permanent Policy Changes in Governor's Budget Would Deny Coverage to More Than One Million Californians June Page 4

5 Removing the Barriers to health Coverage: How Could Reforms Make Health Coverage More Affordable, Available, and Automatic? September 2007 From the Health Consumer Alliance at Medi-Cal Overview Manual 2008 Medi-Cal Lost: How Overly Complex Rules End Health Coverage for Low-Income Consumers Spring 2007 From the Insure the Uninsured Project at California's Safety Nets and The Need to Improve Local Collaboration in Care for the Uninsured: Counties, Clinics, Hospitals and Local Health Plans A Summary of Health Care Financing for Low-Income Individuals in California, 1998 to 2008 Help Your Employees Help Themselves! Public Health Insurance Options in California State and the San Francisco Bay Area May 2008 From the Latino Issues Forum at Healthy Investments: Promoting Health Access for Latino & Minority Small Businesses From the National Health Law Program at NHeLP's Medicaid Manual for New Attorneys December 2006 From the New America Foundation at Lessons From California's Health Reform Efforts For the National Debate March 2008 Estimating the 'Hidden Tax' on Insured Californians Due to the Care Needed and Received by the Uninsured May 2007 Shared Responsibility to Cover California's Children: A Key Step on the Road to Universal Health Insurance November Page 5

6 From PolicyLink at The Impact of the Built Environment on Community Health From the Prevention Institute at Restructuring Government to Address Social Determinants of Health February 2008 Health for All: California's Strategic Approach to Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities November 2003 From the Public Health Institute at Health Inequities in the Bay Area April 2008 From the Public Policy Institute of California at Emergency Department Care in California: Who Uses It and Why? From the UC Berkeley Labor Center at First Dollar Coverage for Chronic Disease Care: Can it Save Money and Improve Patient Outcomes? California Healthcare: Firm Spending and Worker Coverage March 2007 From the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research at Nearly 6.4 Million Californians Lacked Health Insurance in Recession Likely to Reverse Small Gains in Coverage December 2008 Trends in the Health of Older Californians Trends in the Health of Young Children in California Migration and Health: Latinos in the United States Page 6

7 Health of California's Adults, Adolescents and Children: Findings from CHIS 2005 and CHIS 2003 Women's Health in California: Health Status, Health Behaviors. Health Insurance Coverage and Use of Services Among California Women Ages Uncontrolled Asthma Means Missed Work and School, Emergency Department Visits for Many Californians July 2008 Health Coverage Expansion in California: What Can Consumers Afford to Spend? September Million Californians Rely on the Safety Net of Health Care Providers for Regular Care September 2007 Improving Access Through Health Insurance Coverage and Safety Net Expansion: A Review of the Literature What Does It Take for a Family to Afford to Pay for Health Care? Job-Based Insurance Declines for Moderate- and Low-Income Workers July 2007 From the UCLA Health Forecasting Project at Aging Boomers, Healthy Latinos: Implications for California s Health Care Infrastructure February 2008 From the USC Center for Community Health Studies at Healthy Kids Programs May Prevent 1,000 Child Hospitalizations, Saving $7.3 Million, Annually December 2007 Functioning at the Brink: The CHIs Have Grown but May Not Survive September 2007 Outcomes from the Children s Health Initiatives in California Financial Sustainability of the Healthy Kids Programs From the Western Center on Law & Poverty at Medi-Cal Eligibility Guide: How to Get and Keep Low-Income Health Coverage Page 7

8 State of California Websites Related to Health Policy Governor Schwarzenegger s website on health reform California Health and Human Services Agency California Department of Health Care Services Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board (MRMIB) California Department of Managed Health Care California Department of Insurance California Office of the Patient Advocate California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development Legislative Analyst s Office California Senate Office of Research Links to National Organizations that Conduct Health Care Research: Agency For Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) The Alliance for Health Reform Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) Center for Studying Health System Change The Commonwealth Fund Families USA Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) National Health Law Program (NHeLP) Policy Link The Urban Institute RAND Corporation United States Department of Health and Human Services This list of Key Publications is available Please any suggested edits, deletions or additions to Page 8

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