Friday's Feature

27Jul 2017

Friday’s Features

Issue 011917

This will be a shorter week for me than most…as I’m leaving town to spend a few days in the mountains, hence the reason you are getting your Friday’s Features on Thursday. In the event you will be in DC for the big weekend, a couple of events that sound especially noteworthy include: “Louder than Words: Rock, Power, and Politics”…a collaborative event between Newseum and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to show how “rock” has influenced politics and affected change; and a special star-studded event, “The 2017 Peace Ball: Voices of Hope and Resistance,” at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture presented by the Busboys and Poets.


  • News, Announcements, Celebrations


  • Community Prevention
  • Policy Efforts
    • The Politics of Medicaid is a book (one of Ben Miller’s favorites on the topic) by Laura Katz Olson, an expert on health, again, and long-term care policy, published in 2010. She unravels the multifaceted and perplexing puzzle of Medicaid with respect to those who invest in and benefit from the program.
    • Caps on Federal Medicaid Funding Would Give States Flexibility to Cut, Stymie Innovation is an article by Judith Solomon posted on Center on Budget and Policy Priorities who describes what it would mean to convert Medicaid to a block grant or a per capita cap, as Republican leaders support…resulting in a drastic cut in federal funding for the program over time.
    • To Lower the Cost of Health Care, Invest in Social Services is a posting on the Health Affairs Blog by Kenneth Davis about evidence overseas and at home tells us social services should be considered a component of overall health care spending. He suggests  

Expanding health counseling, nutritional programs, the availability of affordable housing and engaging more caseworkers in patient outreach all can have societal impact.

  • Obamacare’s Demise Is A Looming Disaster for Mental Health is an article by Issie Lapowsky in Science that reports how mental health and substance abuse issues have become a key talking point for Trump, yet late last week, Senate and House Republicans set in motion the first steps of a plan that researchers warn could cut mental health and substance abuse treatment off at the knees: the repeal of Obamacare.
  • High-Risk Pools for Uninsurable Individuals is an issue brief posted on The Henry Kaiser Family Foundation website by Karen Pollitz about how proposals have emerged that would repeal or weaken rules prohibiting health insurance discrimination based on health status. This issue brief reviews the history of the state high-risk pool programs from the past several decades, to provide context for some of the potential benefits and challenges of a high-risk pool as part of HR 2653.


  • Research, Data, Evaluation
    • Seeking Mental Health Care Early in Adolescence Tied to Lower Depression Risk Later is an article on the NEJM Journal Watch by Kelly Young that discusses a study in the UK where researchers surveyed 1200 adolescents aged 14-17 years. It was discovered that for adolescents with mental health disorders contact with a mental health provider in early adolescence was associated with reduced risk for depression three years later.
    • Right Place, Right Time: Consumer Perspectives is a report on the Altarum Institute website about a project that investigated how vulnerable consumers search for and use health care information, and how that information can be made more useful and accessible. It seems that most of these consumers seek health care information from providers, friends and family, and online searches; but they are dissatisfied with health care cost information.


Farley Health Policy Center awarded $1 million grant
to advance  integrated care

(Sept. 6, 2016) - The Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center at the University of Colorado School of Medicine has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to establish a technical assistance program for designing policies that help integrate behavioral health across healthcare.


05/26/2016: Dr. Benjamin F. Miller at the Senate Summit on Mental Health: A Call to Action for Comprehensive Mental Health Reform.

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