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  • Just 5 percent of the population accounts for 50 percent of national health spending. Behind these numbers are patients and families struggling with multiple chronic conditions, physical and mental impairments, and tremendous stress.

  • Washington, DC – October 10, 2014 – NIHCM Foundation has awarded $215,000 to eight organizations through the first cycle of its new journalism grant program announced earlier this year.

  • The Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC)—a small panel of medical professionals whose recommendations have considerable influence over Medicare payment levels for their own services—has drawn quite of bit of political and media scrutiny recently.

  • More than 8 percent of two- to five-year-olds are obese, and another 23 percent are overweight and at substantial risk of becoming obese by the eighth grade. These early years are a critical time to focus on the development of healthy habits.

  • The annual cost of cancer care in the U.S. is large and growing—projected to hit $184 billion by 2020. This fiscal reality has spurred interest in bundled-payment models that reward providers for maintaining or improving clinical outcomes while controlling costs.

  • Video and slides are now available from NIHCM’s September 3rd policy briefing on Capitol Hill, “The Future of Health Care in America: The ACA and Beyond.” This briefing brought together health care leaders with diverse perspectives to discuss the latest developments in ACA implementation, the dramatic market-driven transformations currently underway, and other policies and issues to watch going forward.

NIHCM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Washington, DC – August 1, 2012 – Between 2000 and 2010, the number of children living in poverty increased by nearly 30 percent to 15.7 million, with 1.6 million children facing homelessness. 

Given the fundamental relationship between living environment and health, the surge in child poverty and homelessness present a significant imperative for the health care system. Homeless children, for example, are sick four times as often as other kids, and one-third will develop at least one major mental disorder by the age of eight. To discuss the role of health plans and health plan foundations in fostering stable housing for families, NIHCM Foundation hosted a webinar on July 26, 2012 that included the following presentations: 

  • Natalie Coupe from The National Center on Family Homelessness highlighted the dire trends in family homelessness, which has increased 38 percent since 2007, and the traumatic impact of housing instability on children’s health.
  • Jocelyn Ancheta from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation described several of the foundation’s efforts to cultivate healthy living environments, including the green rehabilitation of low-income housing units.
  • Patrick O’Sullivan from the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas showed how health plan foundations are reaching the homeless population by integrating health services and education into homeless shelter programming.
  • Barbara DiPietro from the National Health Care for the Homeless Council discussed the impact of the Affordable Care Act, including increased use of community health workers and new models of care coordination, as well as the outreach and enrollment challenges that still remain.
  • Jennifer Ho from the US Interagency Council on Homelessness explained the council’s strategic plan to end homelessness by 2020, and stressed that this issue requires close collaboration between the health, education and housing sectors.

Please visit our website to view an audio-video archive of the event and to download copies of the presentation slides.

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