Aligning for Health is proud to support the bipartisan introduction of the Social Determinants Accelerator Act, and thank the sponsors for their leadership on this important issue.
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.
Social Determinants Updates
November 16 – December 6, 2019
Welcome to this week’s edition of Aligning for Health’s Social Determinants Updates newsletter. We hope it will be a helpful and informative biweekly compilation of news, reports, events, and opportunities.
News Clips and Reports
Forbes: (12/5) – One of the sessions at the Forbes Healthcare Summit discussed eight potential solutions to address social determinants of health “right here, right now.”
Health Leaders Media: (12/5) – A hospital in New Ulm, Minnesota has partnered with a local payer to split the payroll expense of a social worker to curb ER overuse and connect frequent ED users to social services that may be underlying their ED over usage.
Patient Engagement HIT: (12/4) – Nurses are essential figures in healthcare that are perfectly positioned to address social determinants of health by fostering strong patient relationships and driving a quality patient experience, but adequately addressing social determinants requires training, community resources and clinical integration. (more…)
Aligning for Health applauds the Senate introduction of the Social Determinants Accelerator Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation introduced by Senators Young (R-IN) and Stabenow (D-MI).
The Social Determinants Accelerator Act will help states and communities devise strategies to leverage existing programs and authorities to address all aspects of health, including food, housing, transportation and workforce.
This bill was previously introduced in the House (H.R. 4004) by Representatives Bustos (D-IL), Cole (R-OK), McGovern (D-MA), and McMorris-Rodgers (R-WA).
Welcome to the inaugural edition of Aligning for Health’s Social Determinants Updates newsletter. We hope it will be a helpful and informative biweekly compilation of news, reports, events, and opportunities.
News Clips and Reports
Modern Healthcare: (9/19) – The Urban Institute conducted interviews with MA insurers, health insurance experts and social services providers findings that plans were slow to expand benefits to address social determinants despite recent CMS changes to increase benefit flexibilities.
Institute for Medicaid Innovation: (9/19) – The Institute for Medicaid Innovation released its 2019 Annual Medicaid MCO Survey, which found that 78 percent of all Medicaid MCO respondents indicated that they offer targeted social determinant of health programs.
Signify Health: (9/19) – Equity Health and Signify Health launched a new integrated platform that will facilitate collaboration among healthcare providers and community-based organizations (CBOs) to create ‘whole person health’ teams for underserved and at-risk populations.
Aligning for Health is excited to announce the newest member of the coalition, Health Care Service Corporation. HCSC is the largest customer-owned health insurer in the United States and fourth largest overall, serving more than 16 million members across 5 states.
We are also delighted to welcome the National Association of Counties to our advisory board. NACo is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States.
We look forward to working with both organizations as we continue to advance policy proposals that test the idea that the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations can be improved by better aligning programs and services addressing the social determinants of health.
H.R. 4004 Lauded as an Important Opportunity to Advance Social Determinants Efforts by Experts at Alliance for Health Policy Event
The Social Determinants Accelerator Act (SDAA) was praised as an important opportunity to help advance state and local efforts to address social determinants during Alliance for Health Policy’s “What’s Next on Social Determinants of Health” event on the Hill last week. Karen DeSalvo, Len Nichols, Ana Novais, Samuel Ross, Kathy Stack, and William Young spoke at the event.
We applaud the speakers for sharing their leading work on the social determinants of health and the Alliance for Health Policy for helping to raise awareness about social determinants.
Full event video:
America Forward, a leading coalition of local, state, and national organizations committed to investing in what works and advancing innovative and effective solutions to our country’s most pressing problems, led a group of over 30 organizations and individuals in a letter to Reps. Bustos (D-IL), Cole (R-OK), McGovern (D-MA) and McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) thanking them for their leadership on the Social Determinants Accelerator Act .