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CHCF Webinar Examines Monitoring Medi-Cal Enrollees’ Access to Care in a Time of Change

The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) will conduct a briefing and webinar  — Oct. 16 from noon – 2 p.m. in Sacramento — to discuss new research on enrollees’ access to care prior to implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The findings serve as an important baseline that enables policymakers and the public to monitor access to care for low-income Californians now that the ACA is in effect. During the briefing, researchers will present results from in-depth analyses of the National Household Information Survey, the California Health Interview Survey and a statewide survey of physicians. The briefing is open to all interested parties. To register, visit

Experts will discuss:

  • How Medi-Cal enrollees’ access to care compares to that of Medicaid recipients in other states and to Californians with employer-sponsored insurance
  • How adjusting for differences in health and socioeconomic status affects these comparisons
  • Differences in access to care among Medi-Cal enrollees by race, language, location and other factors
  • The latest research on physician participation in Medi-Cal

Following the presentations, Toby Douglas, director of the California Department of Health Care Services, and Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access, will respond to the research and reflect on potential next steps toward ensuring all Medi-Cal beneficiaries have access to the care they need. The panel will also respond to audience questions.

Scheduled speakers include:

  • Janet Coffman, associate professor, UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies
  • Toby Douglas, director, California Department of Health Care Services
  • Sharon Long, senior fellow, Urban Institute
  • Chris Perrone, director, CHCF Health Reform and Public Programs initiative (moderator)
  • Ninez Ponce, professor, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
  • Anthony Wright, executive director, Health Access