April 20, 2017

Unleashing the Power of Community Health Workers: The CHW Sustainability Collaborative

Through our new Community Health Worker Sustainability Collaborative, launched with the support of the Kresge Foundation, we will work with CHW organizations, health care and health equity advocates, policy makers, and other stakeholders to promote using Medicaid funds to provide more sustainable support to CHW programs and better integrate them into the health care system. 

We know that unleashing the power of CHWs in communities across the country will make a tremendous difference in health and health care, especially in communities of color.

January 13, 2016

CMS's Accountable Health Communities to Focus on Unmet Social Needs

In early January, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation announced its first program focused on addressing a patient’s social needs. This 5-year, $157 million pilot program, called Accountable Health Communities, will try to bridge the gap between clinical and social services, testing whether addressing these needs can improve health, lower costs, and improve quality for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.

May 5, 2015

Tackling Health Disparities While Reforming Payment and Delivery

Akshaya Kannan

Health Equity Intern

Melissa Burroughs

Oral Health Campaign Manager

The activity around payment and system reform creates an opportunity to develop interventions that directly address racial and ethnic health disparities. However, some reforms could inadvertently make disparities worse. For example, they could discourage providers from treating sicker, more complex patients, or undermine the financial viability of struggling safety net providers.

Fortunately, some communities are implementing delivery system reforms that reduce health disparities and bend the cost curve. The effective models we describe in this blog series share several features in common.

October 3, 2018

Fixing Latino Health Inequities is an Investment in Our Country’s Future

Denisse Sanchez

Policy Analyst

Hispanic Heritage Month provides us an opportunity to recognize and lift up the achievements and contributions of the 57.5 million Latinos living in the United States. At the same time, it’s important that we all understand the challenges that Latinos face so we can work together to address them, because their well-being and success are inextricably linked to the well-being, success, and future prosperity of the United States as a whole.

September 21, 2018

Congress Shows Support for Medically Necessary Dental Care

Millions of seniors and people with disabilities rely on Medicare for their health care, but it does not cover their oral health care. Even if someone needs dental care in order to have a medical procedure—like a kidney transplant patient who needs an oral infection treated to begin surgery -- Medicare won’t cover the oral health care. Luckily, coverage of “medically necessary” dental care could be added to Medicare through CMS’s administrative authority fairly easily without any need for legislation.

October 15, 2018

2018 Federal, State, and Local Election Toolkit for Health Care Voters

As the 2018 elections approach, now is the time for people to speak out to candidates about the kind of health care system they want, and to hold candidates accountable for delivering on it. Whether at a town hall, in the media, or one-on-one, voters can hold candidates for federal, state, and local offices accountable for working to protect health care, instead of tearing it down.

Health care is a top-of-mind issue for voters. In 2017, people across the country feared losing their health care due to tumultuous efforts by Republicans in Congress to repeal insurance.

August 29, 2018

Health Care Voters Face Critical Choices in the States in 2018

Patrick Willard

Senior Director of State and National Strategic Partnerships
The health care voter in 2018 will be weighing more than the fate of the Affordable Care Act in Congress. The outcome in many states will determine whether health care options are available for families and adults for years to come. 
 
Voters will face ballots with referendums to expand health coverage, governors’ races, and elections with party control of state legislatures hanging in the balance. The future of Medicaid programs has never been such a critical issue at the voting booth in so many states. 
 
August 23, 2018

Let's Untangle the Red Tape in State Medicaid Proposals

Summer isn’t over, but the comment periods for three critical state Medicaid proposals will end before Labor Day. Each of the proposals will mean more red tape and frustrations for families seeking health care in Alabama, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma. 

August 17, 2018

Childhood Asthma Advocates Call on EPA to Reconsider Transparency Rule

Jane Sheehan

Senior Federal Relations Manager

This week, as part of the Childhood Asthma Leadership Coalition (CALC), Families USA and other coalition members submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressing concern with the proposed rule, “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science,” which would limit the use of critical research in EPA decision-making. We believe this rule would have the effect of erecting barriers to science-based decisions in the regulatory process, and could remove consideration of public health studies that might otherwise improve health outcomes of children with asthma.

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