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Health Affairs Blog | Inequities Amplified by COVID-19: Opportunities for Medicaid to Address Health Disparities

COVID-19 has laid bare and will likely exacerbate the glaring inequity faced by communities of color due to a “constellation” of factors. Communities of color have an increased risk of C... more

May 29 2020
When COVID-19 Gives You Lemons: Pivoting to Virtual Community Engagement

Early in 2020, teams at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis and the Los Angeles Department of Health Services’ Whole Person Care (WPC-LA) program were prepped to launch new efforts to reach... more

May 19 2020
New Jersey’s ‘Road Back’ Brings an Opportunity to Go Forward on Equity Amid COVID-19

Gov. Murphy’s Road Back identifies six principles to put the state on the road to recovery from COVID-19. This roadmap is vital, as are the Restart Commission and the Restart and Recove... more

May 13 2020
On My Block: The Impact of Community Resources on Health Outcomes and Medical Spending

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become more apparent than ever that community resources — such as access to food, safe and affordable housing, and green space — are critically importa... more

May 1 2020
Stemming the Risk of Disability Bias During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised a number of ethical dilemmas related to equal access to health care diagnostic and treatment services. In doing so, it is shedding light on many populati... more

April 8 2020
Engaging Consumers and Communities to Meaningfully Transform Care

Nothing about us, without us. Human-centered design tells us that in order to develop effective patient care models, patients must be at the “drawing board.” Yet, while many health care ... more

September 12 2019
Building the Case for Doula Reimbursement in New Jersey Medicaid

While New Jersey has lower infant and maternal mortality rates than most states, there are significant disparities in these rates across the state’s white and black, non-Hispanic residents... more

July 22 2019
Advancing Health Equity in Medicaid: Emerging Value-Based Payment Innovations

Health care disparities persist across the United States, despite growing awareness of the issue. Black mothers are two to three times more likely to die of common pregnancy complications th... more

March 26 2019
Using Medicaid Levers to Improve Health Outcomes and Reduce Disparities: A Q&A with Louisiana’s Medicaid Director Jen Steele

Since Louisiana expanded Medicaid in 2016, an additional 502,647 newly eligible adults enrolled in the state’s health care program for low-income residents. In Louisiana, a state that has ... more

March 13 2019