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Miranda Dietzand Laurel Lucia

Measuring Consumer Affordability is Integral to Achieving the Goals of the California Office of Health Care Affordability

Consumer health care affordability has deteriorated over the past two decades in California due to rising premiums along with increasingly common and increasingly large deductibles for job-based coverage. This report documents these trends and their implications for Californian’s health and financial well-being, and recommends how California’s new Office of Health Care Affordability can monitor consumer affordability metrics in order to ensure that consumers benefit from the office’s efforts to control growth in per capita health care spending.

Miranda Dietzand Laurel Lucia

What’s at Stake for California Health Care Affordability in the Inflation Reduction Act?

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) currently being considered by Congress would improve health care affordability for many Californians by addressing high and rising drug prices and by extending the improved premium affordability assistance to Covered California enrollees that began in 2021. The extension of federal premium assistance would also unlock additional state-financed affordability help to reduce how much Covered California enrollees pay out-of-pocket when they access care.

Korey Capozza

First Dollar Coverage for Chronic Disease Care: Can it Save Money and Improve Patient Outcomes?

Benefit-based interventions to address chronic disease compliance generally involve one of two approaches. The most common strategy is to exempt classes of drugs from copayments or coinsurance; a less tested strategy is to exempt classes of patients (i.e., diabetics) from cost sharing. Do such interventions improve health outcomes, and do they save money?

Arindrajit Dubeand Ken Jacobs

Impact of Health Benefit Reductions in the Unionized Grocery Sector in California

Using actuarial and membership data, we documented changes in the rates of health care eligibility, enrollment, and coverage, and in workforce turnover and demographics from 2003 to 2006. Based on our survey responses, we compared differences between incumbent workers and new hires with regard to access to and utilization of health care.