Dispelling the Poverty Myth: Authors, program graduates talk about Bridges Out of Poverty

The 5th meeting of the Human Services Advocacy Network (HSAN) featured researcher Phil DeVol and former Ohio State Representative Gene Krebs. Together, they authored the book Bridges Across Every Divide: Policy and Practices to Reduce Poverty and Build Communities, a book that examines how to build public policy connectors to bring together policymakers, advocates and citizens across the political spectrum...

Lawmakers consider whether Ohio Medicaid is overpaying for pharmacy benefits – and what health outcomes are being achieved, June JMOC Pt. 2

This is the second of a two-part blog covering the June 28, 2018 meeting of the Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee. The first part, addressing the committee’s discussion of Behavioral Health Redesign, can be found here. The business models of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) have come under scrutiny from both the media and state investigators in the months since the Joint...

Elder Abuse: Who is most at risk of Self-Neglect?

Elder Abuse Awareness Month may be over for 2018, but the impact of elder abuse lasts all year. Elder abuse is defined by the U.S. Administration for Community Living as “any knowing, intentional or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult.” Elder abuse can be physical...

Administration, Managed Care Plans Signal They’re Ready for Final Phase of Behavioral Health Redesign, June JMOC Pt. 1

This is the first of a two-part blog covering the June 28, 2018 meeting of the Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee. The second part addresses the committee’s discussion on pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), and can be found here. On July 1, behavioral health providers began submitting claims for services to Ohio’s five Medicaid managed care plans (MCPs), marking the final phase...

County Council Introduced to Blockchain, potential impact on Health and Human Services

The June 6 meeting of the Cuyahoga County Health, Human Service and Aging Committee featured two presentations. There were no pieces of legislation considered at this meeting. The first presentation was about electricity programs for low income residents, the second was about blockchain technology. Blockchain is a method by which transactions take place and are able to be verified electronically...

County Council Committee learns about Electricity Programs for Low-Income Residents

The June 6 meeting of the Cuyahoga County Health, Human Service and Aging Committee featured two presentations. There were no pieces of legislation considered at this meeting. The first presentation was from David Turner who represents First Energy. Turner presented on a series of income-based programs that are available to county residents who qualify to assist them with maintaining their...

AG Task Force Report on Opioids Important Step to Combat Crisis

This week, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine released a report from the Insurer Task Force on Opioid Reduction. Joined by many of Ohio’s leading insurance companies, DeWine outlined the goals to fight the epidemic, and ways that insurance company reforms can affect the impact of the opiate crisis here in Ohio. Also this week, The Ohio Association of County Behavioral...

DCFS Child Safety Protocols at Forefront of Cuyahoga Council HHSA Committee Meeting

Child safety continued to be the focus of the Cuyahoga County Health, Human Service and Aging Committee’s May 23 meeting. It was the second meeting in a row where the issue was discussed, at the May 16 meeting, the Cuyahoga County Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) provided a general overview of the processes and procedures they use to...

982 Ohioans were diagnosed with HIV last year. This number could be zero.

I recently received updated HIV epidemiology (the study of the distribution of disease in a population) from my public health partners at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. The good news is the county’s HIV infection rate in 2016 was down, albeit modestly, for the fourth consecutive year, to 194 new diagnoses. Almost 1,000 new HIV infections were diagnosed in...