Progress Despite Setbacks: Ensuring LGBTQ Health Equity Amidst Discriminatory State Policies

2016 legislative sessions around the country have introduced a slew of distressing and shameful new laws aimed at stripping equal rights from the LGBTQ community. Hundreds more of these discriminatory proposals are still pending in state legislatures all around the...

The Takeaway: Summer Reruns

The thing about health policy “news” is that the same stories keep popping up over and over. This week we were treated to another episode of the long-running drama, “Repeal and Replace,” and also a sequel to that summertime favorite,...

A Super-Condensed Advocate’s Guide to the New Medicaid Managed Care Rules!

Medicaid managed care just got a dramatic update that will align it more closely to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplaces and Medicare Advantage over the next several years. In Medicaid managed care, the state pays managed care plans to...

Money, Money, Money, Money: Unpacking New Data on Hospital Profitability and Pricing

A recent Health Affairs study on hospital profitability has been garnering national press attention for finding that seven of the “Top 10” most profitable hospitals were non-profits. These findings will likely reverberate in states where policymakers are currently revisiting the...

Health Reform 2.0: Emerging Efforts on Value-Based Health Care in California

Last year, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launched a joint initiative with Community Catalyst called the Value Advocacy Project (VAP). The project is supporting consumer health advocacy organizations in six states in their non-lobbying advocacy efforts to pursue local and...

Health and Housing: The Benefits and Pitfalls of Partnerships

We know that as the energy in the health care world turns to reinventing health care delivery systems, social and economic determinants of health and the role they play in community health are front and center. Studies have uniformly shown...

Progress Made, More Needed in Dual Eligible Demonstration Projects

Recently, CMS’ Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office (MMCO) released a new report on the progress of the Financial Alignment Initiative. Through this initiative, thirteen states are running demonstration projects focused on improving care for vulnerable Americans enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid,...

How Arizona Got KidsCare Back: The System of Advocacy at its Best

After six years without it, about 30,000 children in Arizona will once again have access to affordable, high quality health care coverage. Late last week, in an exciting turn of events, Arizona’s Legislature pushed through a measure to reinstate KidsCare,...

Full Steam Ahead! Advocates Shaping the Conversation on Closing the Gap in Idaho

After years of silence within the Idaho Legislature on closing the coverage gap, and no visible intention of addressing it in the 2016 legislative session, advocates refused to leave 78,000 Idahoans in the gap and successfully shifted the conversation on...