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Insurance Markets / 08.05.2018

By Lucy Pagel, Senior Policy Consultant

Between 2015 and 2016, the number of drug overdose deaths increased by 22%, with more than 64,000 deaths nationwide. Opioids are responsible for more than 66% of these fatalities. California is home to more people with opioid use disorders (OUDs) than any other state in the country; and some small counties in California have higher rates of overdose deaths than most states....

Outreach / 03.04.2018

By Jillian Rice, Communications Manager
and Bethany Snyder, Director of Communications and Outreach


Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, states have been creating new health care initiatives or expanding benefits and services of public health programs. Educating consumers – as well as providers, advocates, caregivers, and other stakeholders serving them – about these new public health care programs or benefits has been a critical element of success. In today’s world, having an easy-to-navigate website with clear and understandable information is an important tool to support that education work....

Insurance Markets / 22.02.2018

By Carol Backstrom, Principal and Director, Delivery System Transformation

On January 31, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) submitted a Section 1115 waiver application to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that will create a data-driven, integrated behavioral health system of care for Alaskans with serious mental illness, severe emotional disturbance, and/or substance use disorders....

Outreach / 23.01.2018

By Ryan MacDonald, Director of Outreach and Engagement

Health consumer outreach is critical to the success of the innovative but complex delivery system transformation efforts that are taking place across the country. Many of the changes to the way care is delivered and paid for impact health consumers directly and can be exceptionally personal.  Consumers can provide valuable feedback to policy makers and others implementing new health care programs....

Harbage News / 02.01.2018

While 2017 has been a tumultuous year for everyone committed to ensuring access to affordable, quality health care for all Americans, we are grateful that our firm has had many opportunities to help improve Medicaid programs across the country.  As a mission-focused health policy and communications consulting firm, we are proud to provide our clients with the end-to-end support they need to design, implement, and operate their public health care programs in an effective and sustainable manner. Our work has spanned 10 states and more than a dozen localities over the past two years and we look forward to opportunities to continue to share our expertise and lessons learned in 2018. ...

Insurance Markets / 13.12.2017

Looking for a gift for the health policy wonk in your life?  Or need a good read while you’re taking time off this holiday season? The Harbage team read a diverse set of books this year that, in addition to being entertaining, we feel share vital lessons about our health care system and convey important ideas for consideration as we shape the future of health care policy....

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