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Without Federal Support, Health Care in California Will Suffer

John Baackes, L.A. Care CEO on May 27, 2020 at 1:00:00 pm in Health Care Waiting Room 
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The COVID-19 pandemic is having a catastrophic impact on the U.S. economy as more than 30 million people have lost their jobs in just two months. While Congress has passed legislation to boost unemployment benefits, many of those newly jobless people have also lost their health insurance. Many will turn to Medicaid, called Medi-Cal here in California, which will further strain our California state budget.

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Homelessness and Health: The Connection Requires the Health Care Industry to Act

John Baackes, L.A. Care CEO on February 6, 2020 at 7:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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Frustrations are mounting over the growing number of homeless in Los Angeles County. Despite legislation that devoted hundreds of millions of dollars to address the crisis, the number of individuals experiencing homelessness in the county jumped 12 percent from 2018 to 2019. In a recent poll, a majority of county residents said it’s time for law enforcement to get more involved in “cleaning up the streets.” I say, it’s time for the health care industry to get more involved as well.

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The 2020 Census – Why Health Care is at Stake

L.A. Care Health Plan and Health Net, LLC on November 21, 2019 at 12:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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Starting in the spring of 2020, the United States Census Bureau will conduct a count of every person living in the country. This massive, constitutionally-mandated undertaking occurs every 10 years and involves extensive planning, billions of dollars in spending and the work of more than half a million people.

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The Public Charge Chilling Effect Threatens All

John Baackes, CEO, L.A. Care Health Plan on September 26, 2019 at 6:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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Immigrant rights groups are calling the new Public Charge rule another brick in the Trump Administration’s invisible wall which sends the message that some people are just not welcome in this country. Not long after the election, the Administration started rolling out proposals and policies designed to keep more people out of the U.S. – whether it was the travel ban, adding a citizenship question to the Census, trying to overturn DACA, reducing refugee admissions, etc. The courts have intervened in most of these cases, and they might do so again for this new Public Charge rule. But while we wait for that, the impacts are being felt. The health of legal immigrants and the larger population is threatened, as is the nation’s economy.

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Los Angeles communities can thrive when more African-American women have full-term births

Health Net on July 25, 2019 at 12:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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Statistics show about one in 10 babies in the United States is born prematurely each year. That’s a staggering number considering babies born too early can have health and social problems that follow them for a lifetime.

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The Public Option - A Realistic Alternative in Health Care

John Baackes, CEO, L.A. Care Health Plan on May 30, 2019 at 12:00:00 pm in Health Care Waiting Room 
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Medicare for All is trending in today’s American political discourse. But, while talk is cheap, actually getting to a single-payer system, like Medicare for all, is not. Taxes would have to rise to intolerable levels to cover the projected cost of more than $32 trillion in the first 10 years. Even doubling individual and corporate income tax collections would not pay for it.

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The Affordable Care Act – Could This Be the Final Challenge?

John Baackes, CEO, L.A. Care Health Plan on January 31, 2019 at 7:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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Over the years, Congress has attempted to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) more than 70 times, with no success. Recently a federal judge in Texas put access to care for millions of Americans in jeopardy as a result of Congressional action related to a specific portion of the ACA. The judge ruled that when Congress eliminated the financial penalty associated with the individual mandate, which required all Americans to sign up for some form of insurance, it made the landmark law unconstitutional. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have filed an appeal of the Texas ruling, and the matter is expected to ultimately reach the Supreme Court.

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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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