HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEDICARE:
Medicare, the federal health insurance program primarily for seniors and young people with disabilities, was signed into law 50 years ago today and now covers 55 million Americans, according to a story in the L.A. Daily News. Center Director Gerald Kominski said the program generated criticism at the time, much like the Affordable Care Act does today.
Read the story.
the recession that began in 2008, uninsured Californians were
more likely to be older, U.S.-born, with lower house-hold incomes and
more likely to be employed and looking for work, regardless of the
impact of the recession at county level, accordingarticle by the
Center's Shana Alex Charles in the California Journal of Politics and
Policy. Reduced federal payments and costly improvements required under health reform are putting safety net hospitals at greater risk for closure, according to a Capital Public Radio story. Center Director Gerald Kominski said closure of safety-net hospitals in low-income neighborhoods would place an even bigger burden on vulnerable populations. Read the s