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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  

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 postpartum for this group.   This policy change will go a long way toward improving access...

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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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Dozens of organizations around the state, including several in Cuyahoga County, set to receive TANF funding from Governor’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives

In late July, Governor Mike DeWine issued two executive orders laying out the allocation of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funding through the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (GOFBCI). The two orders identified funding recipients through GOFBCI for state fiscal years 2022 (July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022) and 2023 (July 1, 2022-June...

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State Budget Reflection

At the beginning of 2021, when The Center for Community Solutions shared its state budget priorities, I don’t think we expected such a wild ride to reach the conclusion of the budget process. The versions of the budget presented by Governor Mike DeWine and those passed by the House and Senate certainly advanced some issues...

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Ohio Senate-passed budget derails managed competition in Medicaid, ties red tape around low-income working families

The budget passed by the Ohio Senate last week includes provisions that would have a major impact on several key programs that support low-income working families and children. As the budget moves into conference committee, where a few members from each chamber hash out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the budget,...

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