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New report: significant equity gaps exist in Medi-Cal mental health services

| Sep 16, 2021 | California

Today the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network released a new report, “Medi-Cal Managed Care Mental Health Services: An Unfulfilled Promise for Communities of Color,” highlighting the numerous barriers and challenges Black, Indigenous, people of color and non-English speaking people face in accessing Medi-Cal mental health services from their health plan. The...[ Read More ]

5 Things Michigan: Health in the budget, MHA policy priorities, Addressing racial disparities

| Jul 8, 2021 | Michigan

While DJ is out trying to get in a well-deserved vacation, I’ll be bringing you this edition of 5 Things We’re Watching. I’m the managing editor here at State of Reform where I have my eye on health care and health policy in Michigan and a number of other states....[ Read More ]

New report highlights health inequities in Hawaii COVID data

Emily Boerger | Mar 17, 2021 | Hawaii

Despite making up just four percent of Hawaii’s population, Pacific Islanders accounted for 24% of the state’s diagnosed COVID-19 cases through the end of January. During that time, Pacific Islanders also had the highest age-adjusted mortality rate in the state at 319.6 deaths per 100,000 population. The next highest mortality...[ Read More ]

Victor Joseph named to Biden administration’s COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force

Emily Boerger | Feb 12, 2021 | Alaska

President Biden announced on Wednesday that Victor Joseph, of Tanana, Alaska, will join the administration’s COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force. Joseph is one of just 12 non-federal members from across the country named to serve on the task force.     The COVID pandemic has disproportionately impacted certain communities, with...[ Read More ]

2020 Scorecard on State Health System Performance released

Emily Boerger | Sep 11, 2020 | Alaska, California, Hawaii, Washington

The Commonwealth Fund released its 2020 Scorecard on State Health System Performance on Friday, offering a state-by-state comparison on a broad range of health indicators. These recent findings include data collected prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new scorecard includes a total of 49 measurements which are grouped into four...[ Read More ]

Opioid prescribing report reveals racial and income-based disparities

Marjie High | Mar 14, 2019 | California

A new assessment of opioid prescribing patterns in California was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association earlier this month. The study by UCLA, looked at racial and ethnic disparities in opioid prescribing in California.     Noting that the current opioid epidemic has hit low-income white communities...[ Read More ]