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The Center's 2018 Health Policy Seminar Series

November 07, 2018

    The Center is pleased to host leading health policy experts at our
    monthly seminar series.
    Nov. 7: How Proposed Changes to the Public Charge Rule Will Affect Health, Hunger, and the Economy in California
    Download the seminar slides here.
    Check back for the seminar video here.
    On Oct. 10, the federal government proposed changes to the “public charge” rule, which is used to determine whether certain immigrants can obtain “green cards” and sponsor the immigration of family members. If the proposed changes are enacted, using public benefits to help meet basic needs ― including food and health care ― will count against immigrants who are working toward permanent residency in the U.S.

    Immigration policy experts say the rule change will result in a “chilling” effect of fear and confusion, keeping individuals and families from using essential programs ― even if they are not actually subject to the “public charge” rule.

    The resulting loss of federally funded public benefits will have a broad ripple effect throughout the economy, affecting health care providers, businesses, and workers in health care, food-related industries and other sectors.
    There is a 60-day public comment period for the proposed rule.
    On Nov. 7, 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 an upcoming report and shared estimates of the health and economic impact the rule change will have on California, its regions, and its racial and ethnic groups.

    The research is supported by the California Health Care Foundation and The California Endowment.

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

    Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2018
    Time: 10:00 a.m - 11:00 a.m. PDT 

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

     To attend in person: Please RSVP at
    Join us in person or by livestreaming webinar here:


    Previous seminars

    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. 


    June 21: "UCLA Dental Transformation Initiative Goal: Half a Million More Smiles Among L.A. Youth

    Dr. James Crall, Center faculty associate and chair of Public Health and Community Dentistry at the UCLA School of Dentistry, discussed a new project that he leads which is dedicated to improving oral health services for 500,000 LA County children with Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal coverage. More LA Smiles, the UCLA Dental Transformation Initiative, is a collaboration  between key LA stakeholders: Medi-Cal and Denti-Cal plans, dental and medical professional provider organizations, and community-based organizations.  Watch the video. 


    May 23: ''Which Low-Income Group Did the ACA Leave Behind? Latinos''

    Nationally, Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) increased the proportion of low-income adults who had health insurance by 7.1 percentage points between 2013 and 2015, according to a Health Services Research article by Center Graduate Student Researchers Dahai Yue and Petra Rasmussen. However, the study reports that not all populations benefited equally from the law, particularly Latinos. In the May seminar, Yue and Rasmussen discuss how the ACA widened the gap in health care for Latinos. Watch the video.

    See all previous health policy seminars here.