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June 2022

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Commentary

This commentary tell the story of how Nancy, with the assistance of Medicaid, was able to receive the care she needed and was even inspired to study medical billing when she goes to college.

Blog

This blog explores why some are sounding the alarm and calling for better regulation to control costs and protect patients as private equity involvement in the healthcare industry increases.

Blog

This blog examines the landscape of marketplace race and ethnicity data and detail strategies state-based marketplaces can implement for the upcoming open enrollment period to improve data collection.

Podcast

The podcast episode features Medicaid leaders discussing the need for agency leadership to engage in self-observation and recognize bias when committing to advance equity within their agencies and for enrollees.

Blog

This blog details how the use of an ASTHO tool was instrumental in helping create a disability preparedness toolkit for South Carolina⁠, as well as tips for how jurisdictions and agencies can address the access and functional needs of people living with disabilities during and after an emergency.

Blog

This blog post, by current state health department leaders, explores the current state of the public health workforce and provides rationale for adding board-certified preventive medicine physicians on staff in health departments. 

Blog

This blog reviews recent state policies to reduce barriers to HIV testing.

Blog

This blog outlines a collaborative approach that led to the development of an implementation guide to support mapping maternal health data across clinical areas and use cases.

Blog

06.2022 / By AcademyHealth

This blog post by researchers at AcademyHealth discusses the benefits of having an affirming provider to address health inequities among LGBTQ+ older adults, as well as shares resources to increase capacity for LGBTQ+ affirming care.

Report

This report evaluates a series of evaluations of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation programs that address health inequities. The evaluations explore innovative approaches to equity-focused payment reform and integrated models of care and outline key findings and recommendations to inform future activities.

This blog explores the 1902(e)(14) waiver to help support states in their efforts to successfully “unwind” from the Medicaid continuous coverage requirement.

Blog , Resource Page , Webinar & Presentations

This resource page recaps the Center for Health Care Strategies' recent webinar highlighting two California-based, cross-sector initiatives focused on improving healthcare for people experiencing homelessness by meeting the population where they are.

Blog

Most experts in the public health field agree that the value of data depends on what is measured and what measures are implemented. This blog post from Data Across Sectors for Health highlights the importance of peer learning when leveraging data to improve overall health and well-being.

Report

This report examines the cost and coverage effects of lowering the age of Medicare eligibility from 65 to 60.

Blog

This blog explores how states can use Medicaid data to quantify tobacco use within this population, identify related best practices, and make recommendations for scaling.

Resource Page , Webinar & Presentations

The webinar aimed to bring together those in states who have implemented social risk factor screening measures for incentive use in managed care contracts.

Brief

In this brief, researchers explore what will happen to healthcare spending if the American Rescue Plan Act Premium Tax Credits expire.

Resource Page

This toolkit contains a table that can be used by a state to examine current ex parte processes and identify and deploy additional strategies that could increase their ex parte rates.

Blog

The Center for Health Care Strategies recently spoke with Jacey Cooper, California’s Medicaid director, to explore how CalAIM seeks to improve care for Californians experiencing homelessness and what other states can learn from this work.

Report

This report offers the evidence and rationale for a policy-based approach to reduce tobacco use. It also provides (1) principles for advancing tobacco control policies and working with Tribal nations and (2) a summary of the changing tobacco control landscape, including the youth e-cigarette epidemic, information on health disparities and health equity, and addressing related issues such as marijuana, e-cigarette or vaping use-associated lung injury (EVALI), and COVID-19.

Commentary

This commentary tells the story of Jasmine, a single mother and full-time day-care employee who was laid off after injuries she sustained in a fall that left her unable to work. With the help of the Medicaid program, she quickly got back on her feet and returned to work.

Brief

This brief examines both combined and individual rates of reported anxiety and depression symptoms for the total adult population as well as by specific breakdowns, including age, gender, race/ethnicity, income categories, and education levels.

Blog

This blog, the first in a two-part series, outlines strategies state Medicaid agencies can take to identify people with high health needs and provide them with additional support to retain or transition their health coverage in order to maintain access to essential healthcare services. 

Map

With children ages five and older now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and booster shots widely available to adults, states are continuing to develop policies on vaccine requirements in schools, both for students and faculty. This interactive map shares states’ up-to-date approaches to school COVID-19 vaccine and mask requirements.

Blog

This blog analyzes the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' final rules for provider network adequacy standards in the federal healthcare marketplaces and Medicaid.

Podcast

For years, Medicaid leaders have faced a mounting children’s behavioral health crisis — made worse by the pandemic. In this episode of the Medicaid Leadership Exchange podcast, three Medicaid leaders discuss the behavioral health needs of children and opportunities for Medicaid to better support those needs.

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