Publications

Results: displaying 1 - 10 of 27 total publications.

Connecticut Hospital Readmissions Infographic

At the Connecticut Health Foundation, we think of hospital readmissions as a “canary in the coal mine” health care quality measure because unexpectedly needing to return to the hospital after a discharge signals a range of connected problems that tell us the system is not working optimally: Pain and suffering in the lives of patients […] Read More


ACA, Health Equity, Policy & Advocacy

Infographic

Greater Dental Access Reduces Inequities & Boosts Sealant Use Among HUSKY-Insured Kids

CAN PUBLIC POLICY CHANGES IMPROVE CHILDREN’S ORAL HEALTH? Changes to Connecticut’s Medicaid program (HUSKY) in 2008 provided a unique opportunity to examine the impact of new policies on the oral health outcomes of low-income children. Higher Medicaid reimbursement rates, streamlined provider enrollment procedures for participating dentists, as well as outreach to communities, individuals and dentists […] Read More


Health Equity, Medicaid, Oral Health, Policy & Advocacy

Brief, Infographic

Community Health Worker Certification in 15 States

Certification without over-professionalization increases the likelihood that community health workers (CHWs) will get hired and that their services will get paid.  For background see Tomorrow’s Health Care System Need Community Health Workers: a Policy Agenda for Connecticut. A group of CHW stakeholders is forming through Connecticut’s State Innovation Model (“SIM”) initiative to make recommendations for […] Read More


ACA, Health Equity, Medicaid, Policy & Advocacy

Brief

Community Water Fluoridation Facts and Talking Points

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released new guidelines on water fluoridation, meaning that Connecticut needs to update its recommended water fluoridation range to align with HHS. Specifically, Connecticut needs to drop its fluoride level slightly to reflect the fact that in this day and age, people receive fluoride’s benefits from […] Read More


Oral Health

Brief

How Waivers Work: ACA Section 1332 and Medicaid Section 1115

Many health care programs, including Medicaid and Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance marketplaces, operate according to federal law. Using waivers, states can gain federal approval to increase their flexibility within that law. States have long used Medicaid Section 1115 waivers to manage their Medicaid programs. The ACA introduced the State Innovation Waiver, also known […] Read More


ACA, Medicaid, Policy & Advocacy

Brief

Using Waivers to Improve Health Care Affordability and Access in Connecticut

Despite improvements in health insurance coverage in Connecticut over the past decade, the combination of insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs at the point of service makes access to affordable health care difficult for some Connecticut residents. This brief considers how the state government might use program waivers (Medicaid section 1115 and Affordable Care Act section […] Read More


ACA, Medicaid, Policy & Advocacy

Brief

Promoting Oral Health in Pregnancy

Little research has been done to understand the factors that affect the ability and inclination of low-income pregnant women to seek oral health care.  This brief offers information obtained both from a review of the limited literature that exists on this topic, as well as from focus group conversations with low-income pregnant women. Top Level […] Read More


Oral Health

Brief

Tomorrow’s Health Care System Needs Community Health Workers: A Policy Agenda

Community Health Workers (“CHWs”) bridge the doctors office and the community. They can help clinicians fill the gap between current practice and new expectations of higher quality care at reduced cost under health reform. Policies are needed to enable the integration of CHWs into Connecticut’s health care delivery and payment systems. Read More


ACA, Health Equity, Medicaid, Policy & Advocacy

Brief

Ensuring Continuous Coverage for HUSKY Parents: Lessons & Strategies from Rhode Island

This case study reports key outcomes, lessons, and strategies from Rhode Island’s experience rolling back Medicaid eligibility for parents in 2014. The lessons and strategies can inform Connecticut’s efforts to keep HUSKY Parents with incomes between 156 percent and 201 percent of the Federal Poverty Level covered by other HUSKY programs and commercial health insurance through Access Health CT when Connecticut’s eligibility rollback begins taking effect August 2015. Read More


ACA, Medicaid, Policy & Advocacy

Brief