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UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Webinars 

The UCLA Fielding School of Public Health​ regularly produces webinars featuring Center researchers and faculty associates.
Learn about all future seminars here​ or subscribe to the Center's free, monthly e-newsletter, Health Policy News​.
Recent FSPH webinars include:

March 2014: Gerald Kominski

Dean's Distinguished Scholar for 2014: Dr. Gerald Kominski

"The Affordable Care Act: Will 2014 Finally be the Turning Point?"

Gerald F. Kominski is a Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. His current research interests focus on evaluating the effects of the Affordable Care Act on insured and uninsured populations. He has specialized in studies evaluating the costs of health care programs and technologies, with a special emphasis on public insurance programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, and Workers' Compensation. Dr. Kominski is currently working on the Board of the California Health Benefit Exchange, known as Covered California, to determine eligibility and likely enrollment in the subsidized marketplace starting this year.
Dr. Kominski discussed current and future enrollment numbers, described trends in public opinion around the law, and called upon the next generation of public health leaders to expand access to all.
Watch the video here.

February 2014: Dylan Roby

Drugs and Pharmaceuticals in 2014: What’s Ahead for the Industry, Patients, and Payors

2014 promises to be a year full of challenges for the drug and pharmaceutical industry, patients and payors. In this Health Forum, Dylan Roby discussed the impact the Affordable Care Act will have on drugs in 2014, what employers are doing to address the increasingly complex and costly issue of providing drug coverage in employee health plans and the availability of drugs and pricing on the international market.
Watch the video here.


February 2014: Steven P. Wallace

“Undocumented and Uninsured: Immigrants under the Affordable Care Act"

Although many people in the United States gained health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act, undocumented immigrants are one group that did not benefit much from the new law. This is due to the fact that the 11 million undocumented immigrants residing in the U.S.—who are most often young, working adults in good health—are excluded from participation in the new insurance marketplaces and state Medicaid expansions. Dr. Steven Wallace examined the health status and health care use of undocumented immigrants and suggested policy alternatives that could improve their access to needed health care.
Watch the video here.

January 2014: Dylan Roby

Undocumented and Uninsured: Immigrants under the Affordable Care Act"

Currently, 8.5 million Californians who otherwise couldn't afford health care, receive benefits under Medi-Cal. This year, with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, another 1-2 million people will be eligible for Medi-Cal coverage. In this webinar, Dr. Dylan Roby discussed the current status of the Medi-Cal expansion, took a look at enrollment in Covered California, and other changes that will go into effect over the next decade that could greatly impact insurance markets in the state. He also provided an update and analysis of employer-based insurance coverage, Medi-Cal "wrap" programs for lawful immigrants in the state, the status of the remaining uninsured and safety net, and what opportunities states will have in the future to change their implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

                     Watch the video here.


October 2013: Gerald Kominski

"Update on Implementation of the ACA: Is California Ready?"

On October 1, 2013, uninsured Americans had the opportunity to navigate the new government subsidized health insurance plans via online exchanges in each state. Covered California estimated that nearly 1.4 million Californians would sign up by 2014. But were they ready by October 1st? California is considered one of the most crucial states for enrollment efforts and rushed to train 20,000 enrollment counselors and ceritfy almost 12,000 insurance agents to sell the new health plans. Were technological delays and political resistance indicators that we were not fully prepared? Dr. Gerald Kominski, a renowned health care reform expert, discussed the results of the October 1 opening day and what to expect for the California Health Exchange in 2014.
Watch the video here.

March 2013: Ninez Ponce

"Social Determinants of Health"
Does income inequality have a differential effect on types of health services? Does a community's social capital mitigate the potential health penalties of structural inequalities? Thes​e are some of the questions Ninez Ponce addresses in this webinar examining social determinants and health. 

Watch the video here.


November 2012: Gerald Kominski

"Election 2012: What Does It Mean for Health Reform?"
The Presidential election will set the course for health care policy. If elected, Gov. Mitt Romney has vowed to repeal "Obamacare" on day one. If President Obama wins reelection, parts of the law could still lose funding if Republicans win control of the House of Representatives. In this webinar, Gerald Kominski, Center director, dissects the election results and looks at what lies ahead for the Affordable Care Act. 

Watch the video here.


October 2012: Dylan Roby

"Predicting Response to the Affordable Care Act: Will Californians Take Advantage of New Options?"
With new coverage options being made available by 2014 in California, how will the state's insurance market change and where will the currently uninsured end up?  Dylan Roby discusses findings from the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education and the Center's California Simulation of Insurance Markets (CalSIM) model, which was created to inform planning and predict California's response to health reform efforts.

Watch the video here.


June 2012: Gerald Kominski

"The Supreme Court Ruling on Health Care Reform: What's Next?"
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the sweeping federal law overhauling the nation's health care system is constitutional and that the individual mandate is within Congress' power to impose taxes. But what about the Medicaid expansion and the efforts already underway to repeal the law? Center Director Gerald Kominski, one of the nation's leading experts in health policy, dissects the Supreme Court decision and takes your questions.

 Watch the video here.


May 2012: Shana Alex Lavarreda

"The Effects of the Great Recession on Health Insurance in California"
The recent recession swelled the ranks of California's unemployed from 5.5% in 2007 to 12.3% in 2009, resulting for many in the loss of job-based insurance. In our final webinar of 2011-2012, Shana Alex Lavarreda uses data from CHIS to increase knowledge of the populations that were hardest hit by the lack of insurance because of the recession with a focus on the highest need, low-income communities in California. Health consequences among the growing uninsured population will be discussed, as well. 

Watch the video here.


March 2012: Dylan Roby

"Exploring Opportunities in Medi-Cal and the Safety Net: California's Medicaid 1115 Waiver"
California recently secured a waiver from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to redesign parts of their Medi-Cal program and to expand coverage for the uninsured prior to 2014. Dylan Roby explores the changes occurring in the state as a result of the waiver, including the California Children's Services pilot programs, the Low-Income Health Programs being developed by counties and health authorities, and the transition of elderly and disabled Medi-Cal patients into managed care plans. 

Watch the video here.


January 2012: Steven P. Wallace

"Economic and Health Security in Old Age, Do We Know It When We See It?"
In this webinar, Steven P. Wallace looks at the official measure of income insecurity (poverty) and a more accurate conceptualization (the Elder Index). He will also discusses what health security means for those with low incomes, with a focus on long-term care services that are not covered by Medicare. He will also discuss implications for society as the Baby Boom ages, as well as for your own retirement years.

Watch the video here.


October 2011: Jack Needleman

"Nurse Staffing and Hospital Mortality"
Appropriate nurse staffing in hospitals has been a contentious issue because nurses are the single largest cost for hospitals and the levels needed to keep patients safe are hard to determine. In this webinar, Jack Needleman reviews his recent research on staffing and mortality and discusses the implications for keeping patients safe. 

Watch the video here.


September 2011: Gerald Kominski

"California's Health Benefit Exchange: Building the Infrastructure for Health Reform"
Health Benefit Exchanges are one of the crucial elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The responsibility for developing and operating these Exchanges fall primarily on state governments, which have so far demonstrated varying degrees of support for moving forward with this fundamental component of ACA. In this webinar, Gerald Kominski focuses on the purpose of the Exchanges, provide an update on federal regulations governing Exchanges, and provide a progress report on California's efforts, and the efforts of other states across the nation, in implementing health reform.

Watch the video here.


April 2011: Hector Rodriguez

"Innovations and Methodology Considerations in Delivery Systems Research"
Health care delivery organizations are faced with unprecedented demands to improve the quality of care patients receive. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the Affordable Care Act provide organizations with considerable financial incentives to innovate healthcare delivery. Hector Rodriguez reviews important priorities for delivery systems research and describe three organizational/ contextual factors being examined in an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) ARRA-funded research project currently underway in California community clinics and health centers. 

Watch the video here.


March 2011: Gerald Kominski

"Health Care Reform: One Year Later"
In its first year, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has increased access to preventive health care services, raised to 26 the age young adults can stay on their parents health insurance plans, and prohibited insurance companies from denying coverage to children because of preexisting conditions. Kominski discusses efforts currently underway to implement other aspects of the bill, including creation of premium rate review and state insurance exchanges and look at political efforts to delay implementation of health reform. 

Watch the video here.


March 2011: Steven P. Wallace

"Putting Data and Analysis to Work: The California Health Interview Survey in Public Health Policy Making"
In this webinar Wallace discusses how data and analysis are used by policy makers and advocates to develop evidence-based public health and health care policy. The California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) is a key source of health policy data for California, and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research has developed a comprehensive strategy and accessible dissemination tools to encourage the use of CHIS data in policy making. 

Watch the video here.


September 2010: Gerald Kominski

"Health Care Reform: What Does It Mean for California, and the Nation?"
Kominski discusses the impact of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) on health delivery and financing. ACA, enacted by Congress this past March, is the most sweeping health care legislation since the enactment of Medicare in 1965. It is expected to extend health insurance to 32 million uninsured Americans in 2014, and stimulate further changes in health care delivery and financing. 

Watch the video here.


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