November 2014 Issue
The Mid-Terms and the ACA: Implications for Health Care Advocacy
As the dust begins to settle on the 2014 elections, consumer health advocates are taking a moment to reflect on the role that health care played in the outcome as well as the implications for federal and state health policy going forward.
How Much Will that Prescription Drug Cost? I Really Can’t Say...
Consumers often face high out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs each month, particularly people with chronic or multiple health conditions. Alarmingly, polls in 2012 and 2013 found that even insured consumers felt the financial burden of their monthly drug costs. When this monthly ‘cost burden’ gets too high, consumers will skip taking their medications, filling their prescriptions or even seeing their doctors – creating serious barriers to care.
Health Care Advocacy on the Move Open House
On October 8, longtime collaborators Community Catalyst, Health Care For All and Health Law Advocates hosted an open house at our new office in downtown Boston. This move bought all three organizations – and a combined 65 years of effective local, state, and national health advocacy – together on one state-of-the-art floor. We took this exciting opportunity to honor Rob Restuccia, Community Catalyst Executive Director and former Health Care For All Executive Director, for his 25 years of leadership to our organizations and contributions to consumer health advocacy.
Reflections from My Sabbatical: Connections Across Health Systems
In this article, Community Catalyst's Executive Director, Rob Restuccia reflects on his first-ever sabbatical.
This past summer I took a sabbatical, during which my wife Emily and I spent three weeks in Vietnam. While on our trip, we combined being tourists with learning about the Vietnamese health system. Emily has a strong interest in Vietnam through her work. She is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at the Dorchester House Neighborhood Health Center and many of her patients are Vietnamese. Also, Emily is connected to the large Vietnamese community around the Health Center through her research and teachings as a professor of Public Health and Medicine at Boston University. We were fortunate to have many connections to Vietnam before our trip.
Open Enrollment Year Two: Reaching Underserved Communities in Missouri
With the second open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) now underway, the Missouri enrollment community has launched an aggressive outreach campaign to enroll uninsured Missourians, whose number currently stands at 742,000. Though that may seem like a daunting task, the campaign builds on a well-coordinated effort led by the Cover Missouri Coalition, which helped over 150,000 Missourians gain coverage through the federal Marketplace in the first enrollment period, operating under the Missouri Foundation for Health’s Expanding Coverage Initiative.