March 2012 Issue

Spotlight Event

Annual Community Catalyst Dinner in D.C.

Funders joined advocates, partners and Community Catalyst staff for our annual dinner in Washington DC. It was great to have everyone together in one room to celebrate another year of hard work and collaboration. 

From left to right: Matt Hollamby, HJW Foundation; Sara Kay, The Nathan Cummings Foundation; Steve McConnell, The Atlantic Philanthropies; Richard Figueroa, The California Endowment

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Wells Wilkinson, Prescription Access Litigation director, told the Associated Press that while prescription drug co-payment coupons appear to save patients money, they actually increase overall health care costs. Members of the PAL coalition are currently plaintiffs in a lawsuit against eight drug companies.

Jessica Curtis, Hospital Accountability Project director, appeared on Democracy Now! to give national context to a Community Service Society of New York report finding that many New York hospitals are violating rules that would provide assistance to uninsured patients who are unable to afford care. Curtis also co-wrote an article in Clearinghouse Review on how the ACA helps expand access to affordable hospital care.

Christine Barber, a senior policy analyst, told the Washington Post that the lack of continuous funding for consumer assistance programs was unexpected and possibly devastating to programs in several states.

Roadmaps to Health Community Grants released a call for proposals for its second set of grants. The project will hold two webinars for interested applicants. Roadmaps to Health builds on the County Health Rankings, which rank the health of nearly every county in the nation to illustrate the factors that influence the health of our communities. The 2012 County Health Rankings, which are published online by University of Wisconsin Populuation Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will be released on April 3.

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