Reflecting on Black History Month

As February comes to a close, we want to pause and recognize Black History Month.

Call to Action: Creating Cycles of Opportunity Through ACEs Screening

Amidst the noise of the national political landscape, it is important to remind ourselves that February is Black History Month. While this month serves to celebrate the accomplishments of black people in America, it is also a reminder of how...

Dental Therapists at Work: The Economic Benefits of Dental Therapy

Dental therapists have been practicing in the U.S. for more than 10 years. They have improved access to dental care for underserved communities in Alaska since 2005 and in Minnesota since 2011.

Just Another Messaging Document Masquerading as an ACA Replacement Plan

Yesterday, House Republican leadership released another "replacement plan," the Obamacare Repeal and Replace Policy Brief and Resources. After nearly seven years, Republicans continue to call for replacement of the Affordable Care Act but have yet to put forward a plan...

Why We Love CHIP – Because It’s Much More Than Coverage

One of the most shameful failures of our public safety net system is when structural harm goes unaddressed. The lead crisis in Flint, Michigan remains a painful reminder of when blind commitment to cost savings results in irreversible harm for...

Repealing ACA Could Undermine Response to Opioid Epidemic in Rust Belt States

America’s rust belt has been struggling with an opioid epidemic for the last two decades that has taken the lives of thousands of people and brought national attention to the indiscriminate way it has harmed so many families. In states...

The Takeaway: Why Replace Is So Hard

As the timeline for an Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal bill continues to slip, many writers have written some variant of the idea that technical challenges with how to repeal the Individual Responsibility Requirement (IRR) without undermining the ban on...

Director's Corner: When Words Collide - Same Words, Very Different Meanings for Consumer-Centric Lexicon

For example, think about consumer or patient engagement, something we promote and implement in our work here at the Center. Our vision for consumer engagement regards patients as active partners in their care

Biting back – why it’s important to protect your oral health care

On January 30, 26-year-old Vadim Kondratyuk of California, a father to two small children, died from a dental infection that spread to his blood and his lungs. Tragically, Vadim is not alone. Each year, millions of people go without treatment...