Advancing Universal Health Insurance Coverage in California

Paying for Universal Coverage: California’s Integrated Healthcare Opportunity

Richard M. Scheffler, PhD, and Stephen M. Shortell, PhD, MPH, MBA, will lead this project. Dr. Scheffler is Distinguished Professor of Health Economics and Public Policy at the School of Public Health and the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. Professor Scheffler directs the Nicholas C. Petris Center on Health Care Markets and Consumer Welfare and has been a Rockefeller and a Fulbright Scholar. Professor Scheffler has published over 200 papers and edited and written twelve books. Dr. Shortell is Professor of the Graduate School and UC Berkeley School of Public Health Dean Emeritus and co-director or the Center for Healthcare Organizational and Innovation Research. His expertise is in analyzing organizational factors that are associated with physician organization and health system performance. His more than 300 peer-reviewed papers have appeared in a wide variety of organizational and health services/health policy research journals, and he is the author or co-author of ten books. Dr. Shortell is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, past editor of Health Services Research, and past president of AcademyHealth.

Project Description | Building on the work of The Berkeley Forum in 2012-2014, Drs. Scheffler and Shortell will disseminate a follow-up white paper entitled “California Dreamin': Integrating Health Care, Containing Costs and Financing Universal Coverage” to the legislative and executive branches of California state government. The paper presents evedence to policymakers about how moving more Californians, including those on Medi-Cal and those currently uninsured or under-insured, into integrated healthcare models would both improve health outcomes and lead to substantial cost savings. The resulting cost savings could then be used to cover all remaining uninsured in the state. Drs. Scheffler and Shortell led discussions of the white paper at a series of stakeholder meetings in February 2019 and will be conducting a public briefing in Sacramento.