Category Archives: Managed Public Health

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Defining the Social Safety Net

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).

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Why catalogue available public assistance programs?

Last week, I defined the term social safety net – the network of public assistance programs across the nation.  I want to take it a step further this week and explore the importance of cataloguing the public assistance programs  and … Continue reading

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Health Disparity, Morbidity and Mortality

Health is measured by morbidity (incidence of disease) and mortality (length of life) both of which are heavily influenced by behaviors, socioeconomic circumstance and environment in addition to the clinical care available. The variance of these factors creates disparities in … Continue reading

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