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(June 14, 2017)

By Carol Backstrom, Principal and Director, Delivery System Transformation
and Hilary Haycock, President


The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has resulted in more than 20 million Americans gaining health coverage through the creation of the health insurance marketplaces and the expansion of the Medicaid program. Since 2010, the uninsurance rate has decreased from nearly 16 percent to only 8.8 percent today. One of the remaining challenges facing states is the instability of the individual insurance marketplace, which has caused premiums to increase significantly in some parts of the country....

(May 02, 2017)

By Hilary Haycock
President


Last week, I gave a presentation at the Northern California State of Reform Conference on what multi-silo care coordination looks like in California’s safety net. The good news? California is investing in innovative programs designed to break down those silos and help providers deliver person-centered care. The bad news? We still have a long way to go!...

(April 19, 2017)

By Megan Thomas
Senior Policy Consultant


About 16 percent of the more than 60,000 children between pre-kindergarten and the eighth grade served in the Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS) need eye glasses, according to the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD). Uncorrected vision can have numerous consequences, including poor school performance and interference with physical and social development. Glasses are an easy way to improve vision quickly and can positively influence learning, achievement and self-esteem....

(March 29, 2017)

By Erynne Jones
Senior Policy Consultant


Often, the challenge in increasing access to mental health services in diverse communities can be as much about cultural competency and reducing stigma as it is about having available clinicians and facilities. Cultural competency can be a big deal in these communities, helping make consumers feel comfortable accessing the behavioral health care they need....

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