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The Center's 2019 Health Policy Seminar Series

February 19, 2019

    The Center is pleased to host leading health policy experts at our
    monthly seminar series.
    Feb. 19: “Reducing Access Disparities in California by Insuring Low-income Undocumented Immigrants”

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act did not extend eligibility for health coverage to pourat_150px.jpg undocumented populations, and federal policy prohibits coverage of undocumented individuals under Medicaid using federal funds. However, California has extended Medi-Cal, the state’s version of Medicaid, to undocumented children using state funds, and efforts to extend eligibility to undocumented adults are underway.


    Using the latest California Health Interview Survey data on the health insurance, demographics, health status, and access to care of undocumented low-income adults ages 19-64, new research led by Associate Center Director Nadereh Pourat reveals the demographics and characteristics of undocumented adults, how their access to health care compares to documented counterparts, and the implications of extending Medi-Cal eligibility to the last remaining uninsured population who have limited options for coverage.


    “Reducing Access Disparities in California by Insuring Low-income Undocumented Immigrants”

    Date: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019
    Time: Noon to 1 p.m.

    UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
    10960 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1550
    Los Angeles, CA 90024 [Map]

    Join us in person or by livestreaming webinar here:

    Upcoming seminars

    March 26: “Economic Insecurity Among Older Adults of Color – Housing and Health as Cause and Effect”

    In the Center’s March Health Policy Seminar, Associate Center Director Steven P. Wallace will discuss elder economic insecurity and the Elder IndexTM  and how the housing burden borne by elders, particularly those of color, affects health.

    The Elder IndexTM is a tool that gives a more accurate measure of poverty based on how much people must spend to maintain a basic standard of living in different regions of California.

    Previous seminars

    Jan. 23: "Improving California's Behavioral Health Workforce for Older Adults"

    Center Faculty Associate Janet Frank and Center Research Scientist Kathryn Kietzman recommended training and funding strategies that state policymakers, educational institutions and county mental health/behavioral health departments and their contracted providers can take to improve the state mental health care workforce that serves the unique needs of older adults. Find the recorded video here.

    November 7: "How Proposed Changes to the 'Public Charge' Rule Will Affect Health, Hunger, and the Economy in California"

    Ninez A. Ponce, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research; Laurel Lucia; director of the health care program at the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education; and Tia Shimada, director of programs at California Food Policy Advocates, presented analysis from their report and shared estimates of the health and economic impact the federal "public charge" immigration rule change will have on California, its regions, and its racial and ethnic groups. Under proposed changes to Department of Homeland Security immigration rules, people could be denied status as lawful permanent residents if they receive certain health care, nutrition and other benefits.
    Watch the seminar video here.
    Download the seminar slides here(Note: Updated version as of 11/29/18.)

    October 31: "California Health Interview Survey 2017 Data Release"

    Ninez Ponce, Center director and CHIS principal investigator, and Todd Hughes, CHIS director, will lead our Oct. 31 Health Policy Seminar and highlight the latest trends in insurance coverage, prediabetes, mental health need, and much more from the 2017 California Health Interview Survey. New topics covered in this upcoming release will include child prescription medicine use, teen technology use, e-cigarette and marijuana use among teens and adults, and -- just in time for mid-term elections -- the reasons why some Californians don't register to vote. Watch the video 

    See all previous health policy seminars here.