Category: Strengthening the HHS Safety Net

January 18, 2021

Community Solutions’ 2022-23 budget priorities

The past year has been unlike any other. The COVID-19 pandemic, a resulting economic crisis and a reckoning on deep and persistent racial disparities in the state and country should shape the state’s 2022-2023 budget deliberations. The Center for Community Solutions has developed budget priorities that are informed by this landscape and the pressing issues...

January 11, 2021

Ohio plans to extend Pandemic EBT program for remainder of 2020-2021 school year

Ohio families with children have never more desperately needed additional food aid. According to the Census Bureau’s Pulse Survey data, visualized by Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research, more than 1 in 4 (28.9 percent) of Ohio households with children experienced food insecurity in December 2020. In addition to lost wages and unstable housing circumstances,...

January 11, 2021

SNAP online food purchasing expands

Although the federal 2014 Farm Bill authorized a pilot Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) online food purchasing program by early 2020 only a handful of states and retailers were onboarded. This was also subsequently the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. In recent years, big box grocery retailers such as Walmart, Kroger,...

December 14, 2020

What to watch for heading into Ohio’s next state budget

By: Loren Anthes, Fellow/William C. and Elizabeth M. Treuhaft Chair for Health Planning Tara Britton, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy | Edward D. and Dorothy E. Lynde Fellow Hope Lane, Public Policy & External Affairs Associate Natasha Takyi-Micah, Public Policy and External Affairs Associate William Tarter, Jr., Public Policy and External Affairs Associate   Every two years, our team...

November 9, 2020

What an ACA repeal could mean for maternal health

The constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will come before the United States Supreme Court as justices are scheduled to hear oral argument for the case California v. Texas on November 10. While this case specifically challenges the individual mandate provision, striking down the mandate raises questions about the entire law’s survival. While this...

November 5, 2020

Health and human service levies received bi-partisan support across the state

Amidst the uncertainty about the Presidential Election, one thing is clear – Ohioans overwhelmingly support health and human services. All but one of the 51 county health and social service levies before voters on Tuesday passed – many with large margins. The exception was the only new levy up for consideration, a 1.5 mill, 10-year...

November 2, 2020

Survey: COVID-19 continues to impact service delivery

Nearly eight months after Ohio recorded its first COVID-19 case, the global pandemic continues to disrupt the health and social services system. Community Solutions surveyed agencies from across Ohio to collect real-time information on what service providers are seeing and how they are adapting. Our first survey results were collected in April 2020, during a...