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Dear Cuyahoga County Executive 2022
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Dear County Executive: how will you sustain services for older adults?

By: Rachelle Millner, West Side Community House & Karnese McKenzie, St. Martin de Porres Center Dear County Executive: We are the co-chairs of the Council of Neighborhood Leaders, a collective of local neighborhood centers that collectively assist thousands of families in Cuyahoga County. One of our most delicate populations we serve includes seniors; our elders...

Dear Cuyahoga County Executive 2022
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Dear County Executive: our public benefits recipients need strong advocates. Will you be one?

By Tiffany Scruggs Dear County Executive, I have had the privilege of serving individuals in Cuyahoga County for 20 years! I have seen first-hand the critical health support offered to Medicaid recipients. While the program was created to support income-eligible residents, the process to successfully receive and maintain these critical supports presents its challenges. At...

Dear Cuyahoga County Executive 2022
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Dear County Executive: close gaps in the Medicaid application process for Limited English Proficient residents

By: Elaine Tso, Asian Services in Action (ASIA) Dear County Executive, Asian Services in Action (ASIA), supports immigrants and refugees with various resources, including government benefits. We guide immigrants and refugees through the American system to help them apply for eligible programs and benefits that would improve their life in the United States, such as...

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services aims to achieve health equity for underserved communities
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services aims to achieve health equity for underserved communities

Health equity is one of the major public health areas of focus for governmental entities and nonprofit organizations across the United States, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to address it as well. They hope to achieve health equity for clients from underserved communities and the providers who serve those areas...

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Bridging the COVID Cliff: preparing for the Public Health Emergency Unwind, watch webinar

The flexibility and expansions that kept many households afloat during the pandemic will end when the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) expires, perhaps as soon as July, causing a COVID Cliff. Families still fighting to gain stability will face the end of enhanced Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, the redetermination of the full Medicaid...

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Unwinding the Public Health Emergency: Ohio Medicaid

On March 10, 2020, Ohio recorded its first case of Covid-19. In the two years after that case, the state Medicaid program played a critical role in ensuring access, providing coverage, and enabling budget stability as the state grappled with the complexities of the pandemic and its effects. And while the clinical science has not...

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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Vaccination efforts in Ohio have saved Medicaid millions

  Benjamin Franklin once said “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The original goal of this commonplace idiom was to encourage Philadelphians to remain vigilant about fire awareness and prevention. Coal, the common source of heating in homes during the time, was often carried “live” from room to room, up and...

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Ohio Opioid Settlement of $800 Million Creates OneOhio Plan, and Need for Scrutiny 

Earlier this month, the United States hit a terrifying milestone with over 100,000 annual opioid related deaths.  According to an analysis by the Ohio Alliance for Population Health, Ohio’s overdose trends have reflected national data, with recent increases in mortality tied to fentanyl and an acceleration in those overdoses driven by access limitations induced by COVID. This trend, however, only...

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In Medicaid, Money Talks (If You Listen)

A mentor of mine once told me that if I wanted to understand the stakeholders in a given public policy issue, I must first figure out how who gets paid. While this may be a pessimistic lens through which we can understand policy, it’s useful. Ohio Medicaid represents 4 percent of our state’s economy. And...