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News Article: PNHP California ACA Position Paper

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the largest set of reforms to the American healthcare system since the enactment of Medicare in the 1960’s. The ACA emphasizes prevention, supports public health, strengthens our safety net and advances health equity, health workforce development and cultural competence in our health care delivery systems.
By PNHP California Board
April 17, 2014


Pursuit of Healthcare Access for Latinos in Sacramento

Building on a service that has just celebrated its fourth anniversary, community leaders are fortifying their commitment to secure better access to health care for Latinos in the greater Sacramento region.
By Cynthia H. Craft, The Sacramento Bee (Health & Medicine)
April 17, 2014


Nearly 1.4 million Californians enroll in health insurance exchange

Covered California said 1.39 million customers enrolled in exchange plans, including 205,685 after officials granted a two-week extension through April 15. Some 1.2 million of the customers are eligible for federal subsidies.
By The Sacramento Bee, Capitol Alert
April 17, 2014


Maldistribution of the physician supply

Doctors are distributed unequally across different regions in virtually all OECD countries, and this causes concern about how to continue to ensure access to health services everywhere. In particular access to services in rural regions is the focus of attention of policymakers, although in some countries, poor urban and sub-urban regions pose a challenge as well. Despite numerous efforts this maldistribution of physician supply persists.
By Don McCanne, MD
April 16, 2014


Hospitals pour money into California ballot campaign

In less than three months, healthcare networks and individual hospitals have pumped more than $51 million into a proposed ballot measure meant to lock up revenue from a Legislature-approved fee on acute-care hospitals.
By The Sacramento Bee, Capitol Alert
April 15, 2014


Waxman’s House Seat Support ACA Improvements, Medicare

All said they would like to see the Affordable Health Care Act improved upon by extending Medicare to all Americans and not remain limited to those over 65. Miller also called for finding ways to cut medical costs so healthcare dollars can be spent more efficiently. Savings also could be funneled to other needs, such as education, he said.
By Jean Merl, The Los Angeles Times
April 13, 2014


UC Davis Report: 77% of Farmworkers’ Health Issues Unreported

UC-Davis researchers have found that more than 75% of injuries and illnesses among U.S. agriculture workers are not reported.For the study, researchers examined a quarterly census of workers and wages, statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor, and Surveys of agriculture workers.
By Ben van der Meer, Sacramento Business Journal
April 9, 2014


This Generation of Med Students Wants a Truly Just Healthcare System for All

“Medical students are acutely aware of the continuing barriers to health care that our patients face, and I can tell you – based on firsthand experience – that my fellow students are not about to give up the quest for truly universal, comprehensive care that’s readily accessible to everyone.”
By James Besante, Common Dreams
April 9, 2014


Public Citizen Report: “A Publicly Funded, Universal Health Care System Would Be a Boon to U.S. Businesses”

A publicly funded, universal health care system would aid businesses by engendering a more dynamic economy, taming costs and freeing businesses that provide health insurance of the costs of administering benefits and subsidizing the nation’s health care, a Public Citizen report released today concludes.
By Public Citizen
April 8, 2014


States see big disparities in ACA Medicaid sign-ups

Just 10 states accounted for more than 80 percent of the 3 million new Medicaid enrollees who have signed up through Obamacare this year, according to a private analysis released Monday, which reported that Florida was the only state to enroll more than 100,000 residents without expanding the federal-state entitlement under the new law.
By Tom Howell Jr., The Washington Times
April 7, 2014


OP-ED: As Vermont Goes, So Goes the Nation?

“Before you dismiss that prospect as wishful thinking, consider: That’s how national health care happened in Canada. A third party’s provincial experiment paved the way for national reform. In 1946, the social-democratic government of Saskatchewan passed a law providing free hospital care to most residents. The model spread to other provinces, and in 1957 the federal government adopted a cost-sharing measure that evolved into today’s universal single-payer system.”
By Molly Worthen, The New York Times
April 5, 2014


More Young Workers Decline Employer Health Coverage

Despite the mandate that most Americans carry health insurance or pay a penalty, young workers employed by large companies signed up for job-based health plans at a lower rate than last year.
By Kaiser Health News
April 4, 2014


Health Policy Brief: Mental Health Parity

Historically, health insurance covered mental health care differently than other medical care. Recent laws have begun bringing them into balance.
By Health Affairs
April 3, 2014