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January 22, 2015 to January 29, 2015

UCLA Report Could Serve as 'Baseline' To Measure ACA Effects -- A report on state of health insurance coverage in California, co-authored by Dr. Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research at the Fielding School of Public Health, was featured Jan. 29 in a California Healthline and republished by the Kitsap Sun Jan. 29.

What Type of Health Plan Should I Pick If I Don’t Go to the Doctor Often? -- Dr. Dylan Roby, assistant professor of Health Policy and Management, provided advice and warnings in a Jan. 29 Healthplans.com piece that helped healthy people pick the right insurance packages.

Midpoint: Affordable Care Act -- Dr. Gerald Kominski, director of the FSPH Center for Health Policy Research, discussed the Affordable Care Act and clarified figures being released about its cost to taxpayers on Newsmax TV’s Midpoint program on Jan. 28.

Left Behind by the Affordable Care Act -- Dr. Nadereh Pourat, professor of Health Policy and Management, was interviewed and her research cited by the California Health Report Jan. 27 in an article discussing undocumented immigrants left without health care under the Affordable Care Act.

How To Pay for Retiree Health Coverage -- Dr. Gerald Kominski, professor of Health Policy and Management, wrote an opinion for a Jan. 22 California Healthline “think tank” piece asking several experts about rising health care costs for retired California state workers. Ventura County Star Jan. 22 republished portions of the article.

Parents' belief that a child will attend college plays big role in early academic success -- Dr. Neal Halfon, director of the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities, and professor of Health Policy and Management, was featured in Medical News Today on Jan. 27; Psych Central on Jan. 26; Science Daily and Medical Xpress on Jan. 23 and Reuters Health on Jan. 20 in a report on a new study by UCLA and the American Academy of Pediatrics showing that the factors influencing children’s readiness for kindergarten include not only whether they attend preschool, but also their families’ behaviors, attitudes and values — and that parents’ expectations go a long way toward predicting children’s success throughout their schooling.

Insurance Choices Dwindle In Rural California As Blue Shield Pulls Back -- Dr. Shana Alex Charles, director of health insurance studies with the Center for Health Policy Research at the Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted by NPR Jan. 29 about dwindling insurance options in rural California.

Many Walkers in LA’s Chinatown; In Chino? Not so Much; Finding Health Statistics by ZIP Code, City, and Legislative District-- Dr. Ninez Ponce, professor of Health Policy and Management and principal investigator of the California Health Interview Survey, wrote a blog post for the January California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN) Newsletter promoting the Center for Health Policy Research’s AskCHIS tool, which allows people to search California health statistics by ZIP code, legislative districts and several other categories.

Inland Empire Health Plan Tops One Million, Scurries To Keep Up With Growth -- California Healthline Jan. 26 cited a UCLA Center for Health Policy Research study that found that uninsured made up 20 percent of the population in San Bernardino County and 23 percent of Riverside County. 

Mendocino County receives a 'C' on tobacco control“ / “Clearlake, Lakeport unincorporated county get F grades in State of Tobacco Control 2015 -- The Ukiah Daily Journal and the Record-Bee Lake County Jan. 22 cited smoking statistics collected by the Center for Health Policy Research in articles about the American Lung Association's 2015 State of Tobacco Control report.

The Next Frontier in Self-Management for Chronic Illness: Pediatrics--The Jan 14 HealthAffairs Grantwatch Blog summarizes a grant awarded to the Center for Health Policy Research for a project to survey families of children with special health care needs in California.

With Half of California's Kids On Medicaid, Advocates Worry About Service -- A study by Dr. Ninez Ponce, professor of Health Policy and Management, was referenced in a Kaiser Health News Jan. 29 article that looked at the state’s ability to serve children through Medi-Cal. The article republished in the Jan. 29 Kitsap Sun

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