Searching for a patient advocate, navigator, care manager or help with medical bills in California?
If you or your loved one are searching for a patient advocate, navigator, care manager, medical billing advocate or help with any healthcare issue in California, such as the services below, MyDocHub can help match you with the right trusted and experienced health advocate for your needs.
Services we can help match you to the right health advocate:
Medical Bill Review & Audit
Provider Fee Negotiation
Insurance Denials & Appeals
Disease Management, Medical Diagnosis Research & Care Coordination
Assisted Living Coordination
Nursing Home Research
Aid & Assistance
Health Plan Evaluation
Disability & Medicaid Eligibility
Home Health Care Research
Home to over 37 million residents in 2011, California has the largest population of any state in the U.S. California is a majority minority state: 41% of the state’s population identified as White, 39% as Hispanic, 12% as Asian, and 6% as Black. California has a higher share of immigrants than any other state, reaching 27%, or nearly 10 million people, in 2009. As of 2010, 24% of the state’s population, or nearly 9 million people, were living in poverty, compared to a national poverty rate of 21%. Poverty in California is not equally distributed by race. Fourteen percent of those living in poverty identified as White, while 34% identified as Black and 56% identified as Hispanic. As of October 2011, California’s unemployment rate was just under 12%, the second highest rate in the country.
The general health of Californians is slightly above the national average. In the United Health Care Foundation’s report, America’s Health Rankings 2011, California ranked 24th among the 50 states, two places higher than its rank in 2010. California has a low rate of smoking, a high rate of early prenatal care, a low infant mortality rate, and a low rate of deaths from cancer, compared to other states. California has slightly lower than national rates of asthma, overweight/obesity, and deaths due to heart disease, and a slightly higher rate of diabetes. The state has much lower rates of immunizations than the nation overall and a higher rate of air pollution. California, like other states, has health disparities. In 2010, 18% of White nonelderly adults had no health care provider, compared to 25% of Blacks and 45% of Hispanics. Over 21% of Hispanics and 19% of Whites had not seen a doctor in the past two years, compared to 11% of Blacks. Nearly 27% of Hispanics and 18% of Blacks reported being in fair or poor health, compared to 9% of Whites; and a greater percentage of Hispanics (11%) and Blacks (10%) had self-reported diabetes than Whites (6%). Similarly, more Blacks (65%) and Hispanics (64%) were overweight or obese than Whites (56%) in 2010.
Population health varies across California’s 58 counties, with rural counties, especially those in the Central Valley, faring worse than urban ones. A 2007 report by the Central Valley Health Policy Institute found that rural residents had higher rates of overweight and obesity, substance abuse, sexually transmitted infections, and mental illness than their urban counterparts. Older adults who live in rural areas are also more likely to be in poor health and have a higher risk of developing heart disease and diabetes than their urban counterparts. Geographical isolation, lack of proximity to health care providers, language barriers, and food insecurity were observed risk factors for poor health for rural individuals and the ethnically diverse demographic population of the Central Valley.
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation
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