Emergency assistance services contract focus of county health, human services and aging committee

The April 17 meeting of the Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services and Aging committee consisted primarily of a discussion about a resolution to extend the master contract for emergency assistance services through Cuyahoga County’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Currently, the contract is set to expire at the end of April 2019. The proposed extension is for one...

The Chopping Block: How Medicaid Block Grants Will Create Access Problems for Ohio’s Kids

More than 1 million children, or 40 percent of all children in Ohio are covered by the Medicaid program. As the largest single source of health coverage in the United States, Medicaid plays an integral role in ensuring successful outcomes for children from birth and throughout adolescence. It is primarily responsible for decreasing the uninsured rate for kids to below 5...

Tracking data on maternal mortality and morbidity should be a priority in Ohio

The Center for Community Solutions and other Ohio advocates have called for the prioritization of maternal health, at a level parallel to the focus on infant health in Ohio. Maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity (described as ‘near misses’) have increased nationally and due to delays in data collection and dissemination in Ohio it has been challenging to track, understand...

Transportation budget gains bi-partisan approval, Governor’s signature

By Sam Sobul, Public Policy and External Affairs Intern William Tarter Jr., Public Policy and External Affairs Associate House Bill 62, otherwise known as the 2020-2021 transportation budget was signed into law by Governor Mike DeWine on Wednesday, April 3. With DeWine’s signature on the legislation, which featured no line-item vetoes, the process came to an end. Technically, the deadline for...

Where is the Justice? Addressing Racial Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System

This is the third blog in a series responding to the infographic report on racial disparities in Cleveland that I authored in December. You can go back and read the first blog on infant mortality and the second blog on racial disparities in childhood. It would be impossible (and irresponsible) to write anything about the criminal justice system without also...

County HHSA Committee hears update on JFS call center, and approves contracts worth more than $12 million

The March 20 meeting of the Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services and Aging committee featured a presentation from the Director of Cuyahoga County Job and Family Services about the county’s phone system for determining assistance program eligibility, and testimony about multiple contracts for child support and the Board of Developmental Disabilities. Kevin Gowan, the new JFS director, shared a PowerPoint...

Maternal health in Ohio listening session hosted by Minority Leader Emilia Sykes

By Tara Britton, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy Melissa Federman, Treuhaft Chair for Health Planning In January, Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) hosted a listening session specific to maternal health in Ohio. Sykes was joined by 14 House Democrats – all women – and State Senator Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard). Both Sykes and Kunze have recently been named inaugural National Conference of...

Medicaid Director highlights “realistic” budget approach, including no new rate increases

During her first testimony as the Medicaid Director before the Ohio House Finance Committee, Maureen Corcoran stated that the amount allocated to Medicaid in the executive budget met the target growth rate of 3.3% put forth by the Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee (JMOC). Later in the day, at our first Medicaid Institute of the year, the director highlighted the fact...