July 2014 Issue

Spotlight Event

Community Catalyst Hosts Panel on Health System Transformation

On May 9, Community Catalyst hosted our annual breakfast panel. This year, we had a lively discussion on health system transformation led by our panelists, David Blumenthal, MD, president, The Commonwealth Fund; John O’Brien, senior advisor to Community Catalyst, former CEO of UMassMemorial Health Care, Inc., and Mosakowski Distinguished Professor, Clark University; and Michael Miller, director of Strategic Policy, Community Catalyst. Jacquie Anderson, chief operating officer, Community Catalyst, moderated the discussion.

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Health Care Advocacy is on the Move! Longtime collaborators Community Catalyst, Health Care for All and Health Law Advocates are moving to new office space. After September 20, you can find us at One Federal Street in downtown Boston. We want to offer our thanks and appreciation to Attorney Diane McDermott who negotiated the lease for our new space pro bono. Diane is a partner at Holland & Knight's Boston office and a member of the firm's Real Estate Practice. Thanks to Diane for her work on our behalf. Stay tuned for more news about the move in upcoming editions.

Community Catalyst Executive Director Robert Restuccia and former President and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care, Inc., John O’Brien, write in Health Affairs that the ACA provides hospitals and communities with an important opportunity to come together to build a more sustainable health system.

Our new report, “Connecting Consumers to Coverage: Mobilizing for Enrollment,” shares the story of the unique and important role state consumer health advocates played in helping 12 million consumers gain coverage during the first Affordable Care Act open enrollment period.

As coverage rates improve and the ACA is fully implemented, what’s next in health care? Read our new blog series, Better Bang for the Buck, that looks at the interrelated issues of health care costs and quality from a consumer point of view.

Community Catalyst Senior Policy Analyst, Christine Barber, explains in POLITICO how even people who are aware that financial assistance is part of the ACA don’t always realize that they may qualify and benefit from the law.

Boston led the way in June in offering coverage for transgender health care services and the state of Massachusetts quickly followed suit. Community Catalyst is proud to have worked with state and local advocates in promoting these policy changes to ensure that transgender city employees receive comprehensive benefits that cover all of their health needs. Read our blog post here.

Join us in welcoming our new staff members: Tera Bianchi, Ashley Blackburn, Amanda McIntosh, Gabrielle Novello, Nell O'Connell, Melissa Ough, Jessicah Pierre, Emily Polk, Amanda Ptashkin, and Rachelle Rubinow.

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