The Lown Institute Hospitals Index – Evaluating Hospitals on What Matters

The coronavirus pandemic has made clear the importance of high-quality hospitals for the health of communities, particularly communities of color and low-income communities. The pandemic has also exposed areas in serious need of improvement if hospitals are to equitably deliver...

As Families Grapple with Schooling Stresses, Congress Must Act

The dual task of creating healthy spaces for teachers and students while also delivering high-quality educational content is a resource-intensive task and without additional, equitably distributed support, will ultimately fail those who are most at-risk.

New CMS Data Highlights Impact of COVID-19 on Older Adults and Dually Eligible Consumers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released new data detailing the impact of COVID-19 on Medicare beneficiaries. As many consumers and advocates are acutely aware, the pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on older adults.

Racial Concordance, Part 2: Leveraging Community Resources to Expand Concordance

The maternal health crisis offers us a case study in why it matters – and during the current pandemic, why we cannot wait and must include funding and programmatic investments to steer our health systems toward justice.

Providers Receiving Federal COVID-19 Relief Funds Must be Prohibited from Using Harmful Collection Practices

At this point in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, more than 5,750,000 people in the United States have tested positive and there have been nearly 180,000 deaths. The pandemic has caused broad shutdowns of economic activity, resulting in more than 23...

Racial Concordance, Part 1: It Matters for Infants & Needs to be a Priority

Amid the all the COVID-19-related news on inequity, one new study this past week stands out and highlights how structural racism plays out, taking the lives of our smallest and most vulnerable patients – infants.

Another Medicaid Victory in OK: State Withdraws Block Grant Waiver Request

Thanks to the tireless efforts of health advocates in Oklahoma, a waiver application that would have weakened Oklahoma’s Medicaid program has now been withdrawn.

Putting FMAP on the Map: Senate Must Follow House Democrats’ Leadership in Bolstering Medicaid

Congress is in the midst of developing a second federal relief bill in response to the devastating economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Efforts to finish the bill are being thwarted not only by partisan differences but also...

Health Policy Win: Georgia Advocates Pass a New Law Protecting Consumers from Surprise Medical Billing

Despite having health insurance, one in five adults have received a surprise medical bill from an out-of-network provider in the past two years alone. For many consumers, these bills have created serious financial burdens for themselves and their families. While...
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