From Families USA: It’s finally here—millions of Americans have the opportunity to sign up for health insurance. Across the country, our friends and neighbors are learning about new coverage options and enrolling in health insurance through their state marketplaces—many for the first time. It’s important to get the word out to everyone who can benefit from this new coverage, and we all have a role to play.
The Department of Health and Human Services has released the "2013 Annual Progress Report to Congress on the National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care." The report provides details on implementation activities by the private and public sectors, efforts to align quality measures, and successes in six priority areas, including patient safety, community health, and affordability. To view the report, please visit the AHRQ website.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have announced a new funding opportunity to support Navigators, who will help consumers understand new coverage options as they enroll in new Marketplaces and provide unbiased information about health insurance, qualified health plans, and public programs including the Children's Health Insurance Program. The funding opportunity is open to eligible self-employed invididuals and private and public entities applying to serve as Navigators with a Federally-facilitated or State Partnership Marketplace.
The California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), in collaboration with Dialogue4Health, the Center for Health Improvement, and the California HealthCare Foundation, has initiated a four-part Web Forum series, "Are We There Yet---How Will We Know if Health Care Reform Is Working? Using OSPHD Data to Track the Impact of the ACA on Population Health." The Web Forum will take place on Thursday, April 4 at 1 pm EST.
Let there be no doubt – we are in the midst of a defining moment in our Nation’s history – the winds of change have begun this year. Now is the time for Health Care Reform in the United States – to begin to assure that everyone, particularly children, and those most vulnerable, has access to affordable, effective health care. What will reform look like? What will it mean for urban mothers, children and families?