Yesterday, Aligning for Health held a webinar on connecting health and social needs in New York during the COVID-19 pandemic, featuring speakers from Unite Us, Fidelis Care and Alliance for Better Health. Watch the full webinar below:
With increased Congressional focus on health disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic, now is the time to pass legislation that would address the social determinants of health, which are often closely tied to health disparities. Recently, Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL), lead sponsor of the Social Determinants Accelerator Act (H.R. 4004), sent out a Dear Colleague letter to co-sign the bill, which is featured below.
Please flag the Social Determinants Accelerator Act and this cosponsorship opportunity for Members of Congress or their staff that you speak with. If useful, here is a short letter template.
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Broad Group of Organizations Send Letter to House Energy & Commerce Committee in Support of SDAA (H.R. 4004)
64 organizations representing a wide range of nonprofits, local governments, healthcare associations, and others have signed onto a letter to House Energy & Commerce Committee leaders expressing support for the Social Determinants Accelerator Act (H.R. 4004), and requesting the Committee hold a hearing on social determinants of health.
Aligning for Health thanks Representatives Blunt Rochester (D-NY) and Bilirakis (R-FL) for introducing the Collecting and Analyzing Resources Integral and Necessary for Guidance (CARING) for Social Determinants Act of 2019. The bill would require the Department of Health and Human Services to provide guidance for states to address social determinants of health under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This is an important bipartisan step in the right direction to help states address social determinants of health.