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Deadline nears for temporary changes that make the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program more flexible
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Deadline nears for temporary changes that make the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program more flexible

You have likely been reading a lot about student loans in the news. The next looming date is August 31, 2022, when payments for federal student loans turn back on after a COVID-19 induced moratorium spanning more than two and half years. This deadline has been extended several times, and it’s possible it will be...

Focusing on equitable harm reduction will reduce drug overdose deaths, especially as rates among Black Americans is increasing
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Focusing on equitable harm reduction will reduce drug overdose deaths, especially as rates among Black Americans is increasing

Every policy space that we explore has inequities and racism built into it. This country’s approach to people who use drugs and the services and treatment available to them is no different. Even long before the so-called “war on drugs” began, Black and brown Americans who struggled with addiction were treated differently than white Americans.[1]...

OhioRISE program goes live
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OhioRISE program goes live

On Friday, July 1, 2022, the OhioRISE (Resilience through Integrated Systems and Excellence) Medicaid program for youth with complex behavioral health and multi-system needs launched after years of development. OhioRISE seeks to bring comprehensive, coordinated care and new and enhanced services to children and youth with the most complex needs. OhioRISE seeks to bring comprehensive,...

Prioritize Black and brown women when addressing maternal mortality and morbidity
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Prioritize Black and brown women when addressing maternal mortality and morbidity

The United States is one of the most dangerous places in the world to give birth. This is a frightening sentence to write as a pregnant woman. Impending childbirth and parenthood are anxiety-inducing enough (even though I’ve been through it all before), but the work that my colleagues and I have been doing over the...

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Student loan payment pause extended again, Department of Education announces a reset plan for students in default

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Education announced another extension of the federal student loan payment pause. The payments had been set to restart on May 1, 2022, but the pause has been extended until at least August 31, 2022. The payments were set to restart on May 1, 2022, but the pause has...

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Public Health Emergency Unwind: What’s going on with student loans?

Federal student loan payments have been suspended, interest-free, since the advent of the pandemic in March 2020. The payment suspension is currently scheduled to end on May 1, 2022 after being extended five times since 2020.  As part of the overall work that The Center for Community Solutions is engaged with related to the “unwinding”...

New guidance to implement 12 months of postpartum Medicaid coverage, up from 60 days  
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New guidance to implement 12 months of postpartum Medicaid coverage, up from 60 days  

UPDATE: Ohio’s extended postpartum coverage went into effect on April 1, 2022. Ohio’s 2022-23 state budget that was signed into law in June 2021 included a provision that would provide Medicaid coverage for birthing people up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level for a full year after giving birth. The current policy is to provide Medicaid coverage for 60 days...

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State Budgeting Matters: Introduction and connection to budget resources

If you are a frequent reader of The Center for Community Solutions’ state budget resources, you are likely familiar with our series of budget-related content, State Budgeting Matters (SBM). SBM has taken on different forms over the years and is produced at varying frequencies throughout each two-year state budget cycle. In an attempt to ensure...

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How you can engage with the work of OhioRISE, Ohio’s new program to address the needs of multi-system youth

What is OhioRISE? OhioRISE (Ohio Resilience through Integrated Systems and Excellence) is Ohio’s new approach to bring coordinated care to “multi-system youth” across Ohio. These children and youth are often served by multiple public systems due to complex behavioral health and developmental needs. This managed-care approach launched by the Ohio Department of Medicaid, in coordination...

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