We are excited to announce that Dr. Gerald Kominski will be speaking at our March General Membership meeting. Gerald Kominski is a Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. His research focuses on evaluating the costs and financing of public insurance programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, Workers’ Compensation.
Dr. Kominski will be speaking to us specifically about the August 2016 UCLA Center for Health Policy Research policy brief that he co-authored, which examines public versus private healthcare expenditures in California. The report finds that personal healthcare expenditures are estimated to total more than $367 billion in 2016 and approximately 71 percent of these expenditures will be paid for with public funds (i.e., taxpayer dollars).
"This estimated contribution of public funds to health care expenditures is much higher than estimates that include only major health insurance programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. Several additional public funding sources also contribute to health care expenditures in the state, including government spending for public employee health benefits, tax subsidies for employer-sponsored insurance and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance exchange, and county health care expenditures. As health care reform continues to take effect, it will be important to monitor the public versus private contributions to state health care expenditures to ensure that funds are being distributed both efficiently and equitably."
Our next General Membership meeting will be on Thursday, March 2, from 10 am to Noon, at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.Published February 6th, 2017
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