In one of the most aggressive efforts in the nation to curb soaring healthcare spending, a new California measure would put the state in charge of setting prices for hospital stays, doctor’s visits and most other medical services covered by commercial insurers. The bill, backed by labor unions and consumer groups, is certain to rouse […]Read More An ambitious California bill would put the state in charge of controlling prices in the commercial healthcare market
A whopping 100,000 16- and 17-year-olds have preregistered to vote in the Golden State since a law enacted in 2016 gave young people the opportunity to sign up to vote before they are eligible, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said last week. The number is an increase from the roughly 90,000 who had preregistered […]Read More 100,000 California teens have preregistered to vote
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Some experts see a correlation between child abuse and poverty. A recent study published in the Journal of American Medical Association Pediatrics found that children whose families earn $15,000 a year or less are 22 times more likely to be maltreated. The National Bureau of Economic Research reported that […]Read More Experts find connection to poverty, child abuse
Nearly one million American households received eviction notices in 2016, according to newly released data from a team of Princeton University researchers at Eviction Lab. On Saturday (April 7), The New York Times reported on the research, which examines 83 million eviction records that demonstrate widespread housing insecurity in both urban and rural locales around the country. The article […]Read More Women of Color Living in Poverty Face Highest Risk of Eviction
Low-income residents are disappearing from downtowns and becoming increasingly hidden from public view, scattered around the periphery of major metropolitan areas. And they’re growing ever more isolated from the government offices, social services, and networks of friends and relatives on which they once relied. The trend has been as swift and sweeping as it has […]Read More Poverty is Moving to The Suburbs
City officials and residents in Irvine and Laguna Niguel, the other O.C. communities proposed as sites for temporary shelters in recent weeks, sounded just as despicable. They aren’t alone: In Los Angeles County, where the homeless population tops 55,000, NIMBY outrage consistently greets plans for permanent supportive housing to be built on municipal land. When […]Read More Southern California has the resources to solve homelessness. It chooses not to.
In a Feb. 21 report, the HHS’ inspector general estimated that California spent $738.2 million on 366,078 expansion beneficiaries who were ineligible. It spent an additional $416.5 million for 79,055 expansion enrollees who were “potentially” ineligible, auditors found. Auditors said nearly 90% of the $1.15 billion in questionable payments involved federal money, while the rest […]Read More Thousands mistakenly enrolled during California’s Medicaid expansion