March 2016 Issue
Meet Ann Hwang – Director of the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation
As a physician and former policymaker, Dr. Ann Hwang holds a unique perspective as the director of Community Catalyst’s new Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation (the Center). We sat down with Ann to discuss her goals in leading the Center to navigate the next wave of health reform, health system transformation.
Consumer Voices for Coverage Evaluation: State Advocacy Infrastructure Diversifies its Base and Pivots its Power
A new evaluation report shows funder investments in building a consumer advocacy infrastructure have significantly strengthened the capacity of state advocacy groups to drive health coverage expansion under the Affordable Care Act. The research, conducted by Mathematica Policy Research, evaluated Consumer Voices for Coverage (CVC), a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program managed by Community Catalyst.
New Video Explains How We Work With Our State Partners
Community Catalyst provides technical assistance to organizations around the country using our system of advocacy approach. But what does that mean? And how does that advance advocacy in the states? Board member Anton Gunn, state partners and staff explain in this new video.
“ACA is Here to Stay” Campaign Points the Way Forward
Following last summer’s historic Supreme Court win in the King v. Burwell case, Community Catalyst launched a short-term campaign, “The ACA is Here to Stay” aimed at shifting the way we talk about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to emphasize the need to build off of its foundation while also work to improve it. In August, Community Catalyst worked with PerryUndem Research/Communication, a national polling firm, to run two focus groups in each of three states – North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. From these focus groups we created new messaging designed to resonate with voters who have had stronger reservations about the law.
Next Generation of Coverage Advocacy Building in the Bluegrass State
There is little doubt the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been an instrumental tool in connecting millions of uninsured Americans to coverage, some for the very first times in their lives. But there is still important advocacy work to be done on behalf of the millions of Americans residing in states that did not fully embrace the ACA, primarily in the South and Mountain states. However, one Southern state that bucked the trend and has since become a model success story for coverage expansion under the law is Kentucky.