Category: Ohio

June 21, 2021

SNAP already employs strong anti-fraud measures to ensure program integrity

By Rachel Cahill, Consultant       Tara Britton, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy | Edward D. and Dorothy E. Lynde Fellow Despite no evidence of widespread fraud in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Ohio or nationally, the Ohio Senate added last-minute provisions to the state budget that would restrict access to the...

June 14, 2021

Ohio General Assembly Must Protect Procurement, Not Contractor Profits

For years, The Center for Community Solutions has written about Ohio’s managed care program, with pieces outlining federal standards, current performance and value-based contracting. And, when Ohio Medicaid announced they were rebidding the contracts, we paid close attention, monitoring the feedback process, providing written comment and reviewing, in detail, the hundreds of pages worth of...

June 1, 2021

Federal aid through the American Rescue Plan Act begins to take shape

Throughout the past year, The Center for Community Solutions has written about the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was passed in March 2020 to aid the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), passed in March 2021, was meant to be a supportive catalyst for America’s...

May 23, 2021

An opportunity for Ohio to knock out child hunger this summer

By: Rachel Cahill, Consultant Hope Lane, Public Policy & External Affairs Associate Overview Additional federal resources will be available to Ohio families this summer to cover the rising cost of groceries while school is out. The Center for Community Solutions (Community Solutions) estimates that the Summer Pandemic-EBT program (Summer P-EBT) will provide approximately $400 million...

May 17, 2021

Mixed results for health and human service levies across the state

Seven of the nine countywide levies supporting health and human services on the ballot in the May 4 election passed. According to unofficial election results from County Boards of Election, most passed with wide margins during primary and special elections. The only two that failed were additional levies seeking new funding. Results are listed below....

May 10, 2021

Inability to miss work contributes to vaccine hesitancy and likely, lower vaccination rates 

By: Kate Warren, kwarren@communitysolutions.com Taneisha Fair, tfair@communitysolutions.com Loren Anthes, lanthes@communitysolutions.com   With about 41 percent of Ohioans having started the COVID-19 vaccine as of May 7, and weekly vaccinations slowing, it remains important to understand what barriers exist for people to get vaccinated. Attitudes and behaviors around the vaccine are complex, and it would be impossible to pinpoint one...

May 3, 2021

Midwives can help to address inconsistent access to maternity care and disparities in maternal and infant health outcomes

The United States is one of the most dangerous places to give birth in the industrialized world, as the maternal mortality rate has increased over the last several decades. With that as context, it is important to understand the connection between access to care and overall outcomes. There are significant racial disparities in maternal health...

May 3, 2021

Don’t leave money on the table: File your taxes in 2021!

In 2021 it is particularly important that everyone complete a federal income tax return. This is especially true for workers who have seen their income drop, or who earn very little. The IRS is the main vehicle to distribute federal stimulus and economic recovery payments. And the America Recovery Plan Act (ARP) made changes to...

April 29, 2021

OhioRISE

Why OhioRISE? A new managed-care approach, OhioRISE (Ohio Resilience through Integrated Systems and Excellence),[1] will focus on a population of children and youth with serious behavioral health needs, who are often involved in multiple public youth-serving systems, and their families. Many of these children and young people are often referred to as “multisystem” youth or...

April 26, 2021

How are midwives regulated in Ohio?

Currently, only Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) are the only legally-enabled professional midwife type who can practice in Ohio. As established in Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Section 4723.41, there are several requirements for CNMs, including licensure as an advanced practice nurse and an application to practice in the specialty and pay a license fee.[1] Also, as...