• Why We Don't Need and Shouldn't Want a Public Option

    15 days ago - By Healthcare Leadership Council

    Earlier this year, Senator Patty Murray , the chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Congressman Frank Pallone , chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, announced their intent to introduce legislation creating a government-run public health insurance option to compete with private insurers and asked interested organizations to offer perspectives on the issue. In the Healthcare Leadership Council's written response , I told the lawmakers that a public option “is an unnecessary and potentially damaging policy alternative” that “creates a...
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  • The Important Role of Social Work in Mental Health

    15 days ago - By The Healthcare Guys

    It's no secret to many that mental health issues are on the rise in the United States. Severe depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation have been increasing in recent years, leading to an increased need for skilled mental health professionals to help deal with the problem.
    The mental health field is usually associated with psychologists, psychiatrists, and counselors. Social workers are not usually the first professionals that come to mind when it comes to mental health - they tend to have an entirely different, sometimes negative association. But in reality, dealing with mental health...
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  • Medicaid and Health-Related Social Needs: Four Insights over Four Years

    15 days ago - By Center for Health Care Strategies

    People struggling to secure food and housing also struggle to stay healthy. This reality is glaringly obvious, and painfully urgent for so many. But what can Medicaid do?
    Over my four years with the Center for Health Care Strategies , I've helped state Medicaid agencies, health plans, and community-based organizations think through issues regarding health-related social needs and social care integration. Much of my work has involved partnering with states on primary care innovation efforts, specifically, and how to better identify and address unmet HRSN in the context of those efforts...
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