Posts for COVID-19

Hospital Billing and Financial Practices: “First Do No Harm”

Hospitals Should Make Certain Their Policies Do Not Burden Community Residents or Employees   The doctrine, First Do No Harm, is a fundamental health care principle. It guides providers as they consider the possible harm that might result from their actions or interventions. At this time when...

Possibilities On the Horizon: State Pathways to Health Care for Undocumented Communities

As we continue to wait and see what may happen on the federal level with legislative proposals such as the HEAL Act, states have stepped in to provide immigrant residents access to care.

Spotlight on Federal Funds to Boost Mental Health Services

This blog is the second in a three-part series on targeting newly approved federal funds for substance use disorders and mental illness to areas of greatest need.

The American Jobs Plan Includes Important Steps Forward for Home and Community-Based Services

Within the American Families Plan is $400 billion to improve HCBS and extend Medicaid’s Money Follows the Person program that allows people with disabilities to live independently and older adults to age in place.

2021 Black Maternal Health Week: New Opportunities to Take Action!

This week (April 11-17) marks Black Maternal Health Week, an annual event dedicated to highlighting the alarming statistics around Black maternal health and calling for policies that center birth and reproductive justice.

Top Five Things to Ensure the Success of the American Rescue Plan Act

The American Rescue Plan Act funding is an exciting opportunity to advance health equity and racial justice, specifically by investing in communities.

Targeting New Federal Funds for Substance Use Disorders to Areas of Greatest Need

The federal government is finally giving states the funding they need to address massive gaps in substance use prevention, treatment and recovery services – and not limiting the funding to addressing opioids only.

It’s Far Past Time: New Medicaid Federal Funding Renews Urgency in Non-Expansion States

Medicaid expansion is an urgent issue of health and racial justice. If all 12 of the remaining states expand, 4 million more Americans will be eligible for health coverage, 60 percent of whom are people of color.

Making Race, Ethnicity and Language (REL) Data a REaLity

Since taking office, President Bident has signed a flurry of executive orders (EOs) that make concrete policy change and jumpstart the Biden-Harris Administration agenda committed to driving more equity into systems and policies.
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