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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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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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