Handle with Care: Back to School Amidst Charlottesville

For many families across the country, August is the month of “back to school.” For us in the health advocacy world, it is commonly the month that we focus on health care program enrollment.

NAIC Summer Meeting Recap: CSR Deja Vu

How are state regulators responding to the CSR uncertainty?

‘Just Say No’ To Sessions’ Attempt to Revamp the Failed War on Drugs

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is revamping policies to escalate the war on drugs, compromising recent progress made by advocates and policy makers to address addiction as a health issue instead of a moral failing or criminal matter.

Eldercare Voices: Championing Oral Health for Older Adults

Deborah Jacobi, RDH, MA Dr. Sarah Crane is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine and practices in Rochester, Minnesota. She, along with a mentor, Dr. Linda A. Ward, are also oral health champions.  Dr. Crane shared with me...

What Consumer Advocates Need to Know About the New MACRA Quality Payment Program Rule

It would have been easy to miss it with the frenzied activity around the Senate health care bills these past few weeks, but on June 20, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed regulation laying out...

What's Next? Advocates Now Turn to CHIP Refunding

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) celebrated its 20th birthday. Enacted with bipartisan support, CHIP provides coverage to children and pregnant women whose families have incomes above Medicaid eligibility.

Preventable Diseases Show The Impact Of Racial Disparities

This blog is part of a series that will highlight how structural racism in the health care system negatively affects the health of individuals of color. Community Catalyst is committed to exposing and dismantling policies, practices and attitudes that routinely produce cumulative...

The Takeaway: What Happened and Why

No one who was awake in the middle of the night watching the Senate debate on ACA repeal will soon forget the rising tension as it became more and more apparent that the repeal effort was foundering – culminating in...

New Center Program: Connect Respected Health Care Experts with Consumer Advocates to Improve Care

An essential aspect of the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation’s mission to improve care for vulnerable and historically underserved communities is to support consumer health leaders as they advocate for health system change. To that end, this week...