The silent epidemic: drug overdose deaths surge in California pre-pandemic

By Sydney Kurle

State of Reform, January 18, 2021

Research provided by California Health Policy Strategies (CHPS) shows that the rate of increases of overdose deaths in California far surpasses the national rate of increase as of May 2020. Experts say this trend has increased as the pandemic has continued.

News: Capitol Weekly – “Mental Illness Cases up in California jails” by Jessica Hice


Capitol Weekly, February 7, 2020

Mental illness cases in California jails have significantly increased since 2009, health policy experts  reported Thursday. California Health Policy Strategies, a Sacramento-based consulting group, gathered administrative data from the Board of State and Community Corrections and discovered a 42 % increase in mental health cases reported and an 80 % increase in inmate medication prescriptions …

Capitol Weekly Op Ed – “Stranger Things: the ACA and a federal appeals court” by David Panush

By David Panush

Capitol Weekly, August 7, 2019

Anyone binge watching “Stranger Things,” will be struck by the similarities with the real-world drama playing out before the federal appeals court in New Orleans. The question before the three-judge panel is whether the Affordable Care Act should be struck down in its entirety.

CalHPS in the News”. Enrollments plummet in Covered California health plans with end of tax penalty

By Ana B. Ibarra

Los Angeles Times, January 30, 2019

The number of new enrollees in Covered California plans plunged by nearly a quarter this year, largely because of the elimination of the tax penalty for people without insurance, officials announced Wednesday. The decrease was steeper than expected — and larger than the drop in new enrollment in the federal marketplace, It occurred even …

California’s ACA Rates To Rise 8.7% Next Year

By Chad Terhune

California Healthline, July 19, 2018

Premiums in California’s health insurance exchange will rise by an average of 8.7 percent next year, marking a return to more modest increases despite ongoing threats to the Affordable Care Act.

Use of Psychotropic Drugs Soars in California Jails

By California Health Policy Strategies, LLC

California Health Policy Strategies, LLC, May 13, 2018

Kaiser Health News Reporter Anna Gorman documents a 25% increase in the number of California jail inmates receiving psychotropic medications over the past five years. The article cites California Health Policy Strategies’s policy brief that reviewed state data from 45 counties. The article has appeared in the Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report, Kaiser …

5 Things California: Steve Wigginton, David Panush, Care4All

By DJ Wilson

Mar 22, 2018, March 22, 2018

Next week we release our Detailed Agenda with a list of almost 70 speakers lined up for our annual event in Sacramento. Until then, however, we’ve highlighted a few interesting sessions you’ll see next week among the 5 Things We’re Watching this week in California health care and health policy.

California Health Policy Strategies launches “fun and easy colonoscopy”

By Emily Boerger

State of Reform, March 20, 2018

California Health Policy Strategies has sponsored the launch of a new website with an interesting take on getting people excited about colonoscopies. The website’s url is, and features a “colonoscopy cartoon cavalcade,” a colon quiz, and a colonoscopy completion certificate. The website also introduces “Collin the Colon” through an introductory teaser video.

Capitol Morning Report – Catching up with David Panush

By Maureen O’Haren

Capitol Morning Report, December 18, 2017

David Panush writes a song for just about every turning point in life. The former external affairs director for Covered California, who retired two years ago at 56, wrote his theme song for retirement, sort of a country/blues tune—“you don’t know where you’re going to, what you’re gonna do, you gotta make the most of …

Podcast: Sacramento Insiders Discuss the Upcoming 2018 Legislative Session

By Kassy Perry, David Panush, Jim Gross

State of Reform, December 15, 2017

The 2018 legislative session is just around the corner. And with a big election year in California, health care politics are becoming even more important. This session will bring you up to speed on what’s happening in Sacramento policy discussions, and point the way towards what to expect in 2018.