Category: Reports


de Beaumont Foundation Publishes Public Health Workforce Survey Results

The de Beaumont Foundation this month released the 2017 results of the Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS). PH WINS is a national survey of state and local public health agency employees that captures detailed demographics, workforce engagement, morale, training needs, and emerging concepts in public health. PH WINS also provides state-and…

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CDCR Releases Report on Impact of Medi-Cal Expansion on Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health (CCJBH) recently released a report examining patterns of health care service access and utilization among individuals formerly incarcerated in California state prisons. The report finds that in 2012 (prior to Medi-Cal expansion) seven percent of CDCR’s formerly incarcerated individuals received…

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CDI, DMHC Issue First Prescription Drug Cost Transparency Reports

The California Department of Insurance (CDI) and the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) recently issued their first Prescription Drug Cost Transparency Reports as required by SB 17 (Hernandez, Chapter 603, Statutes of 2017). The reports present information from health insurers and health plans in California about covered prescription drugs, including the 25 most…

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State Auditor Releases Audit Report on the San Diego Hepatitis A Outbreak

Yesterday, the California State Auditor released their audit report regarding the response to San Diego’s 2017-18 hepatitis A outbreak. Recall, San Diego faced an unprecedented hepatitis A outbreak involving roughly 584 reported cases, 398 hospitalizations and 20 deaths. Amid concerns around the response to the public health crisis, lawmakers requested an audit investigating response activities…

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National Study Finds Record Increase in Electronic Cigarette Use Among Teens, Surgeon General Declares Epidemic

On Monday, findings from the Monitoring the Future (MTF) study, sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, indicated a sharp increase in electronic cigarette use, or vaping, among U.S. teens over the past year. The study, conducted annually, surveys eighth, 10th, and 12th graders about their attitudes and behaviors toward alcohol and other drugs….

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PHLF Releases White Paper on Public Health Infrastructure, Outlines Potential New Federal Funding Stream

This week, the Public Health Leadership Forum (PHLF), with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), published a white paper titled, “Developing a Financing System to Support Public Health Infrastructure.” The white paper examines the current state of public health infrastructure, public health foundational capabilities, and current public health financing structures in the U.S….

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LAO Releases Report on California’s Recovery from Great Recession

The California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) this week released a visual guide that tells the story of the California budget over the past ten years. The report examines the timeline of the events from the December 2008 proposed budget projection of a $42 billion deficit that quickly grew, resulting in California being called “ungovernable,” “a…

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Urban Institute Releases Report on Impacts of Proposed Public Charge Rule

On Monday, the Urban Institute released a report, “Proposed Public Charge Rule Could Jeopardize Recent Coverage Gains among Citizen Children,” detailing the potential impacts of the proposed public charge rule on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The report finds that between 2008 and 2016, Medicaid and CHIP participation increased 15.5 percent among…

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LAO Publishes Report on Taxation of SSBs

The California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) this week released a report, “Taxation of Sugary Drinks,” which examines the purpose of sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) taxes and key design decisions for the Legislature to consider. Recall, AB 1838 was a budget trailer bill that was passed and signed into law in June 2018 that bans the ability…

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UCLA-UC Berkeley Report Indicates Potential Increase in Uninsured Due to ACA Changes

This week, researchers at UCLA and UC Berkeley released a new study that projects hundreds of thousands more Californians could become uninsured due to federal changes to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate penalty. Recall, the ACA’s individual insurance coverage mandate tax penalty will be repealed beginning in 2019 as part of the sweeping…

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