Screening for Social Needs: How Medicaid Can Address Social Determinants of Health

Several states are in the beginning stages of allowing their Medicaid program to deliver care to patients in ways that address their health-related social needs.

Hold Patients Harmless From Surprise Medical Bills – An Open Letter to the President

As you mentioned during your health care round table last week, surprise medical bills are a serious problem. Fortunately, if you are serious about finding a solution to this problem, we know what needs to be done.

Building Blocks for Change: Focusing on Trauma and Children’s Mental Health in 2019

In 2018, Community Catalyst created our Top Five Health Equity Priorities for Kids to provide a blueprint for targeted advocacy. This blueprint focused on safeguarding health care access, pursuing innovation models that address the needs of the whole family and...

New Year, New Capitol: Building Relationships With Lawmakers

As the saying goes: “New Year, new you!” Or in this case, New Year, new people in many government positions.

Gov. Snyder signs bill authorizing dental therapists, expanding access to care for Michiganders

On December 26, Michigan became the eighth state, and the second in 2018, to authorize dental therapists.

Five Takeaways from the New Evaluations of the Financial Alignment Initiative

In late November, the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office (MMCO) released long-awaited evaluation reports for five states participating in the Financial Alignment Initiative (FAI) – first evaluation reports for California, Illinois and Ohio, and second annual reports for Minnesota and Washington. California,...

Eldercare Voices: When Person-Centered Services Stop at My Mother's Nursing Home Door

Lori Simon-Rusinowitz, MPH, Ph.D. What can a daughter do when her mother's reality – a nursing home with no person-centered care in sight – presents a stark contrast to her own work devoted to making person-centered services available to all?...

Assault On the ACA Resumes After Voters Send a Clear Message That They Want It To Stop

A month after voters took to the polls by the millions to defend health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, a federal district court judge in Texas issued a decision that even the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) opponents have called...

Final Push for 2019 Open Enrollment for ACA Marketplaces

With only a few days until the end of the sixth open enrollment period (OE6), we want to emphasize the importance of spreading the word about Marketplace enrollment.
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