May 2, 2016

1. In the Nation: Incomes of Most Americans are Rising
After a decade when most Americans saw their incomes decline, the latest Census Bureau income data contain very good news: A majority of U.S. households racked up healthy income gains in 2013 and 2014.

2. In the State: Ohio Ranked 11th for Medicare Overbilling
In 2015, Ohio had one of the highest rates of Medicare overbilling (13.7 percent), with healthcare providers overcharging the federal government by an estimated $1.8 billion. Nationwide, an estimated $43.4 Billion was improperly paid to healthcare providers last year. That comprises a large percentage of the $60 billion of taxpayers' dollars (more than 10 percent of the total budget for Medicare) that were lost through waste, fraud, and abuse, according to the Government Accountability Office.

3. In the Region: Cleveland Struggles to Sort Through Backlog of 3,000 Lead-Poisoning Cases
Until recently, the City of Cleveland had one employee working as a public health lead investigator; she resigned April 15. The City has a contract with one other person, who is currently prioritizing the children who are the sickest, and is working on contracts with Cuyahoga County and area non-profits to help them address the most serious lead-poisoning cases first until more full-time employees can be hired. Additionally, the City has hired six temporary workers to sort through boxes of lead-poisoning investigation documents that were placed into a City health department storage room.

4. At Community Solutions: CCS Blogs Provides Updates on "Healthy Ohio" Waiver, Cuyahoga County HHS, & Final Managed Care Rule
Cuyahoga County is restructuring the Cuyahoga County Tapestry System of Care, "Healthy Ohio" had its first public comment hearing, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its final managed care rule. Learn more in our recent blogs authored by CCS Fellow Loren Anthes' and Policy Planning Associate & Community Advocacy William Tarter, Jr.

5. This Week's CCS Infographic: Map the Meal Gap
The newest Map the Meal Gap report from Feeding America reveals that 16.8 percent of Ohioans are food insecure. Nearly one in four Ohio children live in food insecure households. Visit the site to interact with the map, and see how your county fares.
05022016 Infographics

Read CCS Tara Britton's testimony about the Ryan White Part B HIV/AIDS Program.










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 also focus on the following policies: 

  • Strengthening the Health and Human Services Safety Net
  • Medicaid
  • Safety, Health, and Economic Wellbeing of Older Adults  
  • Improving Maternal and Infant Health
  • Improving Access to Behavioral Health Services
  • Adolescent Reproductive Health Education