PREMIUM ... REDUCTION?
Aetna and MemorialCare Health System say they will lower premiums for employer-based PPOs in Orange and Los Angeles counties by using narrower networks, the Orange County Register reports. Center Faculty Associates Shana Alex Charles and Dylan Roby weigh in on the announcement.
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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