Aggressive, unexpected telephone calls from a health insurance representative, meant to promote follow-up care, can instead put off patients, according to a Los Angeles Times column. The Center’s Shana Alex Charles said such calls are "an example of what not to do" when insurers try to increase participation in wellness programs.
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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