On January 1, California will become the first state in the country to offer healthcare benefits to young adults, regardless of their immigration status. The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) estimates 90,000 people between the ages of 19 & 26 will be newly eligible for Medi-Cal.
What does the expansion mean for the community?
Along with 2016’s expansion of Medi-Cal to undocumented children, Young Adult Medi-Cal Expansion is another chapter in California’s long history of expanding vulnerable communities’ access to affordable healthcare. Studies show that providing individuals access to preventative care, especially for chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes, and high blood pressure, will allow people the opportunity to succeed in school and work by keeping them healthy, improve the health of the community, and ultimately cost all of us less money by taking care of problems before they become emergencies.
What challenges could inhibit Young Adult Medi-Cal Expansion’s success? Who needs to apply? Read more in our Guide to California’s Young Adult Medi-Cal Expansion.
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[Let's m]ake sure we are not creating problems as we solve them. — The Hidden Genius Project
It's a misnomer that you can’t do well and do good... That’s a false choice. You can do both. — Troy Cosey, Strive
The Community Health Initiative of Orange County wanted to ensure that OC families could truly thrive, and that meant going beyond healthcare. Learn how we maximized the capabilities of our One-e-App to go beyond just an application for health coverage.
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What are some of the best ways to gain user insights throughout a human-centered design process?
• Create an advisory group that includes representative users and call on them periodically to help the design team refine requirements and keep the focus on user experience.
• Conduct usability testing on early prototypes to gain feedback on what’s working or not working in the design.
• Lead “participatory” or “co-design” sessions. These are typically hands-on activities where representative users make suggestions for specific design details.
For more HCD tips, read our Guide to User Experience Design.
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