October 27, 2014

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1. In the Nation: Is the Affordable Care Act Working?

The start of the next open enrollment period in the health insurance Marketplace and the completion of the first full year of expanded health coverage through the Affordable Care Act are right around the corner. The New York Times looks at some key indicators that might tell us whether the Affordable Care Act is working.

2. In the State: Ohio's Changing Demographics Will Reshape the State Budget

The Center for Community Solutions released a new report, Aging Ohio: The Impact of Demographic Change on State Fiscal Policy, that provides a detailed analysis of the impact of demographic change on sales and income taxes, the state’s Medicaid program, and the homestead property tax credit. Author Jon Honeck, Ph.D., states, “Since the state budget must be balanced annually, these costs will have to be balanced by spending cuts, tax increases, or increased efficiencies.  The largest single impact is a nearly $1.2 billion decline in annual state income tax revenue by 2035.  Increases in state-share Medicaid spending will amount to nearly $680 million annually by 2035, assuming the continuation of favorable trends in long-term care.”  The report can be found here. Click here, to hear Honeck’s radio interview on this report.

3. In the Region: A Unique Partnership Proves Successful

Through a special partnership, Cleveland law firm Reminger Co. offers mock job interviews to individuals seeking assistance finding work through El Barrio. The idea for the collaboration started with Reminger partners Michelle Sheehan, who volunteers on the government relations committee for the nonprofit Centers for Family and Children, and Bethanie Murray, who co-chairs the firm's Women's Initiative. Read more about how the partnership works. 

4. At Community Solutions: The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program--What's Next?

There are almost 20,000 known people living with HIV/AIDS in Ohio. Those with low incomes and no other source of health insurance have been receiving treatment and support services free of charge through the federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS program. Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is changing that arrangement. The latest edition of The Center for Community Solutions’ State Budgeting Matters series, by Public Policy Associate Tara Britton, explores this issue in “The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program—What’s Next?”

5. This Week's CCS Infographic Over half of Ohio’s 11.6 million people live in only nine counties across the state (Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Summit, Montgomery, Lucas, Stark, Butler, and Lorain).


Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2013 Population Estimates, as of July 1, 2013



Check out the latest CCS animated video "OWF: Ohio Works First." 



What We Do

A nonprofit, non-partisan think tank, The Center for Community Solutions focuses on solutions to health, social and economic issues.

We help the people who help people -- human service professionals, civic leaders, and public officials. Our applied research, policy analysis, and non-partisan advocacy are what set us apart. With offices in Cleveland and Columbus, we identify, analyze, and explain key health, social, and economic data and issues, and propose non-partisan solutions to improve the lives of Ohioans. In addition to keeping an eye on emerging issues, we focus on five priorities. They include: 

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