Gifts of Gold and Coal in Two End-of-Year Congressional Votes

The holidays are often a tough time for people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction or mental illness. But Congress has provided an early present that may ease some of these struggles in years to come: Half a billion dollars...

ACA Repeal Without Replacement Further Endangers Struggling Rural Communities

In 2015, Belhaven, North Carolina Mayor Adam O’Neal and supporters from 11 other states set out on foot for their second 300-plus mile trek from his rural town to our nation’s capital to draw attention to an important issue: rural communities...

The Takeaway: Pay No Attention to the Plan Behind the Curtain

It's funny, or at least it would be if it weren't so sad and so dangerous. Lack of transparency in health care is a problem that has often been decried. You buy health insurance, but you don't really know which providers are in-network.

Webinar on Aging in Place for Older Adults Shares Promising Models

On December 1, Community Catalyst hosted the third webinar in its series on Health and Housing – “Aging in Place: Housing and Health Integration for Low-Income and Chronically Ill Seniors.” Two resources are now available – both a recording of...

2016 Election Fallout: The Looming Threat to People with Disabilities

This is the first blog in a series to highlight the dangers of the repealing the Affordable Care Act. Multiple times a week, Community Catalyst will highlight a different constituency to draw attention to the benefits the ACA has afforded them.

The Takeaway: Will the Real Donald Trump Please Stand Up?

It is often said that the first casualty of war is the truth. In the coming war on health security for the American people, one question is whether Donald Trump was sincere when he said he would not cut Medicare...

The Takeaway: How Do the Political Scientists Explain This One?

One curious feature of our current moment in health policy is how divergent the impending course of action pledged by Republicans in Congress and the incoming Trump administration is from the preferences of major health care industry stakeholders. Dominant models...

Shifting Our National Approach to Addiction

The nationwide shift in the way we view and respond to problematic use of drugs and alcohol got a big boost last week with the release of Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health....

Shaking the Post-Election Magic 8-Ball for Health Innovation

I spent the Wednesday after election day in my primary care clinic and found myself incredibly grateful to be immersed in clinical work. Caring for people who are facing tough circumstances like the functional declines of old age, cancer treatment,...