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California Health Policy Poll Released

CHCF released its second annual California Health Policy Survey. It provides insights into Californians’ experiences and attitudes about health coverage, health care costs, access to care, mental health, substance use treatment, the health care workforce, and homelessness.

Physician Experience Highlights Unintended Consequences of California’s Surprise Billing Laws

Over a period of nine days, 855 physician practices representing thousands of physicians responded to the survey. The vast majority of respondents reported difficulties contracting with insurers since the passage of California’s law. As independent physician practices can no longer remain viable without contracts or reasonable reimbursement rates, they have been forced to consolidate with larger hospital systems or private equity groups, which studies have shown can drive up health care costs by as much as 30%. These unintended consequences totally shift the market leverage to already powerful insurance companies at the expense of patients.

Help The CFHWC With A Short Survey

Last summer, CHCF helped to launch the California Future Health Workforce Commission. It brought together top leaders from education and health care to ensure that California’s workforce will be able to meet the health needs of its people. The Commission has been working hard since then to develop a blueprint for action. Now, it needs YOUR help.