Managed Public Health

CommUnity Assistance Line Launch

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Managed Public Health | Comments Off on CommUnity Assistance Line Launch

WellCare Launches Nationwide Community Assistance Line to Connect People to Needed Social Services TAMPA, Fla. (March 5, 2015) — WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), a leading provider of managed care services for government-sponsored health care programs, announced today that it launched a nationwide, toll-free Community Assistance Line (CAL) to help connect people to social services including financial, food, education and utility assistance, transportation, disability and homeless services, support groups and child care. WellCare’s CAL is open to the public and is a referral service that matches needs with more than 1.2 million programs and services. The...

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HealthConnections – Determining the Impact of Removing Social Barriers to Accessing Healthcare Among Low-Income and Disadvantaged Families

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in Managed Public Health | Comments Off on HealthConnections – Determining the Impact of Removing Social Barriers to Accessing Healthcare Among Low-Income and Disadvantaged Families

Social barriers to accessing health care negatively impact health outcomes for low-income families contributing to the rise of health care costs in America.  According to the University of Wisconsin Public Health Institute (UWPHI; 2013), working in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF; 2012), four health factors influence health outcomes as measured by morbidity (quality of life) and mortality (length of life). According to UWPHI (2012), the four factors include health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors and physical environment. Until recently, managed care organizations participating in government programs like managed Medicaid...

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Environmental Justice and the Socioeconomic Status

Posted by on Apr 26, 2014 in Managed Public Health | Comments Off on Environmental Justice and the Socioeconomic Status

The less someone earns, the greater the barrier to accessing healthcare services.  Accessing affordable healthcare represents a challenge to low-income populations.  This same challenge hinders the ability to make healthy choices in general. While not a traditional environmental risk, I would contend that social determinants of health are social as well as environmental. Low-income and disadvantaged populations struggle with prevention in two ways. First, low-income populations face challenges in accessing affordable health care options.  Before for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), affordable preventive care was not readily available.  Next, low-income populations...

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Social Services and Primary Care

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in Managed Public Health | Comments Off on Social Services and Primary Care

This week, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation  announced their $16 million award to Health Leads. This is a important step in linking health outcomes with social safety net services to address social needs and quantifying the impact of this on health outcomes (as measured by morbidity and mortality).   This award is part of a larger movement within the health care system in which public health stakeholders are collaborating to find solutions to advance preventive measures by removing social barriers to accessing health care. Also this week, we closed out the 2014 National Public Health Week learning about America’s progress in improving the nation’s...

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A History of the Social Safety Net

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Managed Public Health | Comments Off on A History of the Social Safety Net

The Social Safety Net has been an integral part of America for decades. And, it’s importance has been felt America’s more so than during the Great Recession.  America still faces a slow recovery from the Great Recession with an underfunded Social Safety Net.  And, with historic levels of chronic unemployment and underemployment, Americans still rely heavily on the Social Safety Net. The following link offers access to visual history of the Social Safety Net: http://www.coopercenter.org/demographics/history-social-safety-net    

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Social Safety Net and The ACA

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Managed Public Health | Comments Off on Social Safety Net and The ACA

Social barriers to accessing health care negatively impact health outcomes for low-income families contributing to the rise of health care costs in America.  According to the University of Wisconsin Public Health Institute (UWPHI; 2013), working in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF; 2012), four health factors influence health outcomes as measured by morbidity (quality of life) and mortality (length of life). While health care services are universally available through the public health system, low-income and disadvantaged populations face greater personal and financial challenges to accessing health care (Gulliford, et al., 2002). America’s...

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