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Healthcare Practitioners, Bankers, Community Leaders Gather to Discuss Impact of Medical Debt on Angelenos' Ability to Achieve Financial Security

September 27, 2011

LOS ANGELES – Recognizing the need to assist Los Angeles residents struggling with medical debt, healthcare practitioners today joined financial services providers and community groups to discuss how best to implement the Affordable Care Act in Los Angeles and strategies for keeping Angelenos out of debt. Speakers also highlighted options for those plagued by medical debt.

Tarnish on the Golden State

  • By
  • Leif Wellington Haase,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Mark Rukavina, Jacquelyn Kercheval
September 27, 2011

Tarnish on the Golden State, a new report issued by the New America Foundation, exposes how medical debt can lead to ill health and financial insecurity for individuals and families. Tens of millions of American families struggle to pay health insurance premiums and medical bills. In 2010, 44 million working aged American adults had medical debt or medical bills they were paying off over time. In California, over two million people had medical debt prior to the recession and the problem has likely become worse since then.

Building Health, Promoting Wealth Fall Speaker Series

September 20, 2011

Over two million Californians have medical debt. These residents find it difficult to access needed health care or affordable credit. Medical debt and its consequences illustrate the detrimental effect of inadequate health insurance coverage. The financial stress resulting from unaffordable healthcare costs makes it harder for Californians to pay other bills. For Californians with medical debt, their physical, mental and financial health are at risk, as is their long term financial security.

The Health-Wealth Connection

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 12:00pm

Over two million Californians have medical debt. These residents find it difficult to access needed health care or affordable credit. Even with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, many East Bay residents will continue to struggle with medical debt that makes it harder for them to pay other bills and leads to financial and mental stress.

Unleashing the Power of Health Reform in the Central Valley

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 12:00pm

Over two million Californians have medical debt. These residents find it difficult to access needed health care or affordable credit. Even after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, an estimated 80% of farm workers, who are undocumented, will continue to struggle with being uninsured and accessing healthcare. This can lead to medical debt that makes it harder for them to pay other bills and leads to financial and mental stress. For residents with medical debt, both their physical and financial health are at risk.

Closing the Health-Wealth Gap

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 8:30am

Over two million Californians have medical debt. These residents find it difficult to access needed health care or affordable credit. Even with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, many Los Angeles residents will continue to struggle with medical debt that makes it harder for them to pay other bills and leads to financial and mental stress.

The Health Crisis in Underserved Communities

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 2:00pm

Almost two-thirds of the most economically vulnerable Californians, who are uninsured and in public programs, are people of color. Join New America's California Asset Building Program and the Latino Community Development Foundation for a summit exploring the challenges and opportunities that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act holds for underserved communities in California.

The Vermont Compromise?

April 11, 2011
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Just 18 months after the health reform debate killed the potential for a national “public option” in health care, one of the 50 U.S. states is poised to breathe new life into government-run insurance systems. Despite its fiercely independent reputation, the State of Vermont is forging a path towards single-payer health care, and its newly elected governor is determined to succeed.

“Everyone else in the developed world has done this, and we haven’t,” Governor Peter Shumlin (D-VT) told an audience at a recent health care forum sponsored by The Atlantic. The event brought together health care leaders, policymakers, and representatives from dozens of DC policy shops for a daylong discussion of the “next steps” during implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

HEALTH INSURANCE: Up, Up and Away and Political Amnesia

October 29, 2010

Health insurance premiums are going up, and people – some people – are blaming the new health reform law. Apparently they have forgotten that premiums went up the year before we had the new health reform law. And the year before that. And the year before that.  And  before that. And before that… As a nation, we apparently do not have a very good memory.

COVERAGE: Recession Causes Drop In Insurance Coverage

September 16, 2010
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Fifty million. Actually make that 50.7 million -- a big number, a record number, of uninsured people in the recession-hit United States, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau's annual report on income, poverty and health insurance. That's 16.7 percent, up from 15.4 percent.

And for the first time since record-keeping began in 1987, the number of people who do have insurance dropped, to 253.6 million in 2009 from 255.1 million in 2008.

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