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California Health Care Foundation: Preparing For the Future

Every day, the women and men charged with providing health care to California's 40 million residents work heroically. In helping people in California achieve healthier lives, this network of health professionals not only upholds the highest ideals of human care, it constitutes a formidable economic force that accounts for over 7% of the state's total employment. Yet in the next decade the health care workforce will face unprecedented challenges. The state's population is growing and becoming more diverse. The number of older Californians is projected to increase dramatically. Meanwhile, the cost of health care continues to rise faster than inflation. One of the biggest reasons these costs are so high and rising so fast is that we rely on a health care workforce that does not fit our needs.

Hepatitis A Outbreaks in California Immunization recommended for Californians who are homeless or using drugs

On July 13, 2017, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a health advisory regarding outbreaks of hepatitis A among persons who are homeless or using illicit drugs and individuals working with these persons.

Seamless Conversion to Medicare Advantage

Some questions have been raised about recent press coverage on plans enrolling new Medicare beneficiaries in Medicare Advantage without the beneficiary’s knowledge. The American Medical Association (AMA) raised concerns and a number of questions with senior officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Included in this blog posting are CMS’ answers.