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A new compendium resource from Community Catalyst illuminates a state-by-state patchwork of medical debt protections and hospital billing practices. It demonstrates the need for stronger state and federal action and enforcement to address the medical debt crisis that impacts 4 in 10 adults in the United States across five core policy areas: financial assistance and free care, prescribed discounts/caps on charges, billing and collections, facility fees, and price transparency.
Community Catalyst and a growing network of 50+ partners advocating for the Biden administration to address gaps and inconsistencies in essential health benefits (EHBs), celebrate a win with the announcement that CMS is taking important steps forward to remove barriers to coverage for adult dental. Dental services are a leading driver of medical debt – with thousands of people sharing their stories about the need to make this simple, yet important update.
On Sept. 30, two cohorts of Community Catalyst’s Restuccia Health Justice Fellowship program graduated in a ceremony in New York. Community Catalyst is thrilled to acknowledge the graduates’ hard work to transform their organizations and will continue to foster and support the growth and reach of diverse advocacy organizations and their leadership to build the power of people to create a health system rooted in race equity and health justice, and a society where health is a right for all. The graduates come from a national cohort of organizations from various states as well as a regional cohort, The Restuccia Health Justic Fellowship – New York, which is supported by NYHealth’s Empowering Health Care Consumers program.(Opens in new window)
The Biden-Harris administration announced that it is taking executive action to prevent medical debt from impacting credit scores. This proposed rulemaking comes after a yearslong campaign by Community Catalyst and partners urging for more aggressive action to address the medical debt crisis in America. The announcement follows a Medical Debt Day of Action last week, led by Community Catalyst, and the submission of nearly 11,000 petitions from individuals in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. urging the administration to act.(Opens in new window)
Community Catalyst hosted a day of action in Washington, D.C. to shine a bright light on people impacted by medical debt and highlight partners working to address the crisis through policy, advocacy and other organizing and powerbuilding efforts. Their message is clear: Medical debt is a uniquely American problem and the Biden administration must do more to provide our communities with relief.
On Aug. 1, Community Catalyst’s Director of the Gender Equity and Health Justice Program, Kavelle Christie, will deliver remarks at the Black Maternal Health Caucus Stakeholder Summit. In her remarks, Christie will urge for congressional action on the Momnibus package, which includes race-equity forward policy solutions that center the experiences, expertise and ideas of impacted communities.
The Center for Community Engagement in Health Innovation at Community Catalyst unveiled new research and recommendations to support the enrollment decisions of people dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.
A new user-friendly guide co-authored by Community Catalyst and U.S. PIRG Education Fund aims to help any person, either with or without health insurance, know their rights to avoid unnecessary billing charges, tackle billing errors and handle debt collectors.
Let’s unite for health justice. Together, we’ll work toward a more just and equitable health system.