Building an Equitable Future for Children and Families: Key Policy Opportunities to Support Children’s Health and Well-Being

Congress must act now to make ARPA’s forward-minded solutions permanent and substantially decrease racial, social, and economic inequities.

Hospitals and Health Systems Receiving Federal COVID-19 Relief Funds Must Be Accountable to Their Communities

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress has made approximately $300 billion in funding available to health care providers. The money was intended to help providers pay for costs related to treating COVID patients, as well as making up...

It’s Time for Congress to “HEAL” and “LIFT the BAR” for Immigrants’ Access to Health Care

With infrastructure negotiations in Congress continuing into the fall, health care policies that eliminate barriers to affordable health care need to be prioritized for inclusion in the upcoming reconciliation package.

Three Ways Health Innovation Can Advance Equity and Justice

Earlier this month, new leaders at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a blog post in Health Affairs about their strategic vision for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (“CMMI” or “the Innovation Center”).

Life After COVID: CMS Guidance Addresses Advocate Concerns About the End of the Public Health Emergency

The official end of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) remains unclear, but some states are already either planning for or taking actions regarding Medicaid enrollment.

The Moment is Now: Congress Must Take Steps to Address the Black Maternal Health Crisis

In collaboration with various organizations, this blog explains a new letter released by 200+ groups urging Congress to address the maternal health crisis in our country.

New Hospital Rankings Unveil Deficits in Direct Contributions to Communities

A new report examines hospitals by looking at the use of tests and procedures that offer little to no clinical benefit, services offered to underserved communities of color, and their contributions to community benefit.

Strengthening the Enrollment Assistance Infrastructure for Dually Eligible Individuals

Not only has the pandemic been more difficult for dually eligible people, but their path to gaining health coverage is also more complex since they must enroll in both Medicaid and Medicare separately, before accessing integrated plans.

Linking Lack of Medicaid Expansion to Increased Medical Debt – An Unsurprising Connection, An Opportunity to Address It

In addition to missing out on the benefits of Medicaid, individuals in states that have not expanded Medicaid also suffer more financially and accrue more debt than their counterparts in expansion states.
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