California should end this health insurance tactic that delays urgent treatment

Ocean McIntyre

In summary Many Californians who need urgent health services are often delayed due to an insurance protocol known as prior authorization. A bill in the Legislature could reform prior authorization rules so that it no longer serves as a barrier to essential treatment. Guest comment written by Ocean McIntyre Ocean McIntyre is a space science … Read more

California promises better care for thousands of inmates as they leave prison

Kaiser health news

California has agreed to improve health care for newly released disabled inmates, including through a series of measures that advocates say will help nearly anyone trying to transition from incarceration. Lawyers representing inmates say adequate assistance during the transition from prison has long been lacking and can lead to homelessness. A recent study found that … Read more

More and more prisoners in California are requiring gender-affirming health care, including surgery

More and more prisoners in California are requiring gender-affirming health care, including surgery

No trespassing signs outside Kern Valley State Prison on Nov. 15, 2022. (Larry Valenzuela, CalMatters/CatchLight Local) By ANABEL SOSA | Cal Matters The number of California prisoners requiring gender-affirming health care more than doubled last year, and the state correctional agency expects the trend to continue even as the state’s overall inmate population is projected … Read more

How Investing in Primary Care Can Advance Equity – California Health Care Foundation

The doctor examines the young patients throat.

Photo: Jessica Brandi Lifland When properly supported and designed, high-quality primary care is a common good that provides better population health and more equitable outcomes, according to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). But primary care in the United States has been under-resourced for decades, especially in Black, Indigenous and other historically … Read more