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12-Month Continuous Eligibility in Medicaid: Impact on Service Utilization

December 31, 2010

Summarizes findings on how allowing Medicaid enrollees to remain enrolled without reapplying for twelve months affected the number of Medi-Cal-enrolled children's emergency room visits and physician visits compared with those with discontinuous coverage.

Number of Uninsured Jumped to More Than Eight Million from 2007 to 2009

March 16, 2010

Updates 2007 California Health Interview Survey data with estimates for 2009 population growth and changes in insurance status among the non-elderly. Examines trends by source of coverage and explores contributing factors.

Teen Dietary Habits Related to Those of Parents

February 9, 2009

Based on data from the 2005 California Health Interview Survey, analyzes the correlation between teenagers' and their parents' consumption of fruits and vegetables, soda, and fast food. Makes policy recommendations for promoting healthy eating.

Nearly 6.4 Million Californians Lacked Health Insurance in 2007 -- Recession Likely to Reverse Small Gains in Coverage

December 15, 2008

Summarizes findings from the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) on trends in the state's uninsured rate, the underlying factors, and projected trends. Points to flaws in the eligibility rules for public coverage and outlines policy implications.

Low-Income Adolescents Face More Barriers to Healthy Weight

December 8, 2008

Examines the causes behind the higher prevalence of obesity among low-income adolescents, including unhealthy food environments, few opportunities for physical activity, and irregular family meals. Makes policy recommendations to address such disparities.

Health Coverage Expansion in California: What Can Consumers Afford to Spend?

September 1, 2007

Analyzes Californians' current spending on insurance premiums and out-of-pocket expenditures to assess whether proposals to make obtaining health insurance mandatory include sufficient measures to make it affordable for low- and middle-income families.

What Does It Take for a Family to Afford to Pay for Health Care?

August 1, 2007

Addresses how much Californians can afford to pay for health care based on their current insurance premiums and out-of-pocket expenses as well as other basic necessities, such as housing, child care, transportation, food, and taxes.

The State of Health Insurance in California: Findings from the 2005 California Health Interview Survey

July 1, 2007

Finds that eight in ten of the state's uninsured are employed, and that job-based health insurance coverage in California continues to decline.

The State of Health Insurance in California: Findings From the 2003 California Health Interview Survey

August 1, 2005

Provides an overview of the shift from job-based health insurance to enrollment in public insurance programs, and discusses the advantages and disadvantages of key public policy options to extend coverage to California's uninsured residents.

California Adolescents Increasingly Inactive

April 1, 2005

Explores the health benefits of regular exercise; the extent to which adolescents in California are getting adequate levels of physical activity; and factors that affect high rates of inactivity. Provides policy recommendations.

Job-based Coverage Drops for Adults and Children but Public Programs Boost Children's Coverage

February 1, 2005

Provides a profile of non-elderly Californians' health insurance coverage and lack of coverage, and describes how these rates have changed. Estimates the number of children and adults who are uninsured but eligible for coverage through public programs.

Diabetes in California: Findings From the 2001 California Health Interview Survey

April 1, 2003

Examines the prevalence of diabetes in California, with particular attention paid to disparities between different population groups. Includes access to medical care, diabetes care and management, and identifying at-risk populations.