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Public Charge and Employee Health

A joint blog by L.A. Care Health Plan and Health Net on December 20, 2018 at 7:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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The term Public Charge has received quite a few headlines in the past few months, but many in the business community may not have fully absorbed what impact changes to the longstanding federal policy could have on the health of the workforce. Many health care experts fear adverse health outcomes for workers and their families if proposed changes are implemented.

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Poverty and Public Health

John Baackes, CEO, L.A. Care Health Plan on November 29, 2018 at 7:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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We are officially in the season of giving – a time of joy. But for those who are simply trying to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table, it is a time of high stress. Maybe it’s a time for all of us to give some thought to why so many in this country have so little.

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Building Resiliency in Watts

Health Net on October 31, 2018 at 12:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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Childhood trauma should not determine the course of the rest of your life. Research shows that meaningful interventions can help offset negative impacts of childhood trauma, allowing healing and positive growth.

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ACA Open Enrollment Set to Begin Under a Cloud of Confusion

John Baackes, L.A. Care CEO on September 27, 2018 at 6:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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As another open enrollment period approaches, the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains uncertain. Efforts to repeal the landmark legislation failed, but regulatory measures continue to alter the ACA and it has left consumers scratching their heads. The confusion caused by all the changes could, in the end, prove harmful to consumers who are dependent on the individual marketplace for their health care coverage.

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A Place to Become a Healthy Generation

Carol Kim, Health Net and Calvin Lyons, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles on August 30, 2018 at 6:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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Good health starts in homes, schools, neighborhoods, and communities. With this starting place, Health Net understands that health care is not only what happens in the doctor’s office, but what happens outside. We look beyond clinic walls to effectively improve individual and community health. We’ve heard the saying “it takes a village” and achieving community health equity is no different. That’s why Health Net has a tradition of partnering with community based organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles (BGCMLA), which serves nearly 3,000 youths in some of Los Angeles County’s highest need population, to identify community health solutions upstream. With trusted partners like BGCMLA, Health Net can work towards creating social and physical environments to support healthy lifestyles.

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Another Health Crisis – the Growing Physician Shortage: A Health Plan Takes Action

John Baackes, CEO, L.A. Care Health Plan on July 26, 2018 at 8:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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California is facing a looming health crisis – a physician shortage that could force people to forgo needed care or push them into emergency rooms for minor ailments.  Last year, the University of California San Francisco released a report showing California is expected to face a statewide shortfall of 4,700 primary care providers as soon as 2025. By 2030, we will need another 4,100 providers to meet the demand.

 

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Beyond Doctors

Carol Kim, Vice President of Community Investments & Public Affairs, Health Net on June 28, 2018 at 8:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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As many Californians grapple with health challenges, the state faces shortages of health care providers in several major health professions, including allied health workers who are the front line of medical care.

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L.A.’s Whole Person Care Pilot – Enrollment has begun!

L.A. Care Health Plan & Health Net on May 31, 2018 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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To care for people with complex needs, it is critical to coordinate and integrate the full spectrum of care—medical, behavioral, socioeconomic and beyond. For the sickest and most vulnerable Medi-Cal patients, California’s Whole Person Care (WPC) pilot will do just that. It will do it by increasing links and services outside of the traditional health system into the larger community.

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California’s Kids Are Healthier But Many Are Living In Poverty

California Health Line, Anna Gorman on June 14, 2017 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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Ambar Garcia, who lives just north of downtown Los Angeles, said she’s thankful her two daughters have health coverage through California’s version of Medicaid, the government program for low-income people.

That’s one less bill to worry about. But Garcia, a 30-year-old receptionist at a dental office, said she still has trouble paying the rest.

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Single-Payer Marches Forward In California, But Sky-High Price Tag Threatens To Trip It Up

California Health Line on June 2, 2017 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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The proposal passed the state Senate and now heads to the Assembly, but with few details on how to foot the $400-billion-a-year cost for the plan, the prospects don't look too sunny.

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