Category: Blog

April 12, 2017

Earned Income Tax Credit Lifts Families Out of Poverty

Enacted in 1975, the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) has encouraged and rewarded work over welfare by supplementing working-poor families’ income through the tax system. The amount of the credit is graduated according to family income and composition. For example, a married couple filing jointly with two children and an earned income of $15,000...

April 6, 2017

How over 20 Private and Public Organizations in Northeast Ohio Came Together in Support of Comprehensive Sexual Health Education

In this inaugural blog of a 3-part series on Community Solutions’ commitment to adolescent sexual health, I will be highlighting the work of the Collaborative for Comprehensive School Age Health. Did you know, reviews of published evaluations on sexual health education have consistently found that comprehensive sexual health education does not: encourage teens to start...

March 22, 2017

County Council HHSA Committee Hears Contract Extensions, State Budget Update, Medicaid and More

Tom Pristow, director of the Cuyahoga County Department of Health and Human Services, presented a budget allocation approval request that increased the amount distributed for the Cuyahoga County Tapestry System of Care from $5.7 million to $8.1 million. The Cuyahoga County Tapestry of Care is a partnership with government and non-government agencies to create a...

March 20, 2017

JMOC: Behavioral Health Redesign Update

The Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee (JMOC) received testimony from two state directors who provided operational updates and policy changes for the state’s upcoming behavioral health redesign implementation on July 1, 2017. The directors touched on many of the changes the Department of Medicaid and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services have made since...

March 15, 2017

Repeal of ACA Would Deepen Benefit Cliff

For some low-income families, even a small increase in income causes a drop in the public benefits they can receive, effectively increasing their expenses and hurting their ability to make ends meet. This phenomenon is often called the “benefit cliff.” Eligibility for public benefits, such as child care subsidies, housing vouchers, and food assistance, is...

March 6, 2017

Governor’s DODD Budget Includes Investments in Waiver Spending and Rate Increases

Governor Kasich’s recently released executive budget includes several noteworthy adjustments to funding within the state’s developmental disabilities system. Touted as an extension of the state’s “historic” investments of the previous budget cycle, the proposal includes increased funding on several important initiatives.[i] However, the budget includes some notable cuts as well. Overall, the budget proposes a...

March 3, 2017

State Budget Update: Departments of Health, Mental Health and Addiction Services Testify before HHS Subcommittee

The House Finance Subcommittee on Health and Human Services heard testimony Thursday (March 2, 2017) morning from the directors of the Ohio departments of Health (ODH) and Mental Health and Addiction Services (ODMHAS) as it convened for its fourth hearing of H.B. 49, the executive budget proposal for fiscal years 2018-2019. ODH Testimony ODH Director...

February 22, 2017

JMOC: The Medicaid Group VIII Assessment Findings and Highlights on the Medicaid Portion of the Executive Budget

Director Barbara Sears cemented her first 56 days as Director of the Department of Medicaid by briefing the Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee (JMOC), a committee she once chaired, on the Ohio Medicaid Group VIII Assessment (Expansion) report and Medicaid highlights from the executive budget, House Bill 49. The Medicaid Group VIII Assessment report highlights key...

February 14, 2017

Re-entry, Homelessness, and Children Healthcare Tops HHSA Committee’s Agenda

The 2017-2018 Health and Human Services and Aging Committee convened their first meeting on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. The committee is now chaired by District 7 County Councilwoman Yvonne Conwell. Vice Chair of the committee is newly elected County Councilman Scott Tuma.  Councilwoman Shontel Brown and Councilman Dale Miller remain on the committee, where they...