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CHA’s Unite Connecticut SDOH Referral System Held up as a National Model

The Unite Connecticut program was in the spotlight last week as a national model during a webinar to promote soon-to-be introduced social determinants infrastructure legislation by Senators Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska).  The Unite Connecticut program, which was launched in 2019 by CHA and Connecticut hospitals, served as an example of how technology can link medical and social service providers to more effectively assist with food insecurity, housing instability, and other social determinants of health.  Anne Diamond, President of Bridgeport Hospital, spoke during the event about how Unite Connecticut is working for patients in her community, the largest city in our state.

 

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House Approves $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Reconciliation Bill that Includes Hospitals and Health Systems Priorities

In the early hours of February 27, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, including provisions to assist hospitals and healthcare systems.

The House bill would expand subsidies for certain forms of healthcare coverage and includes provisions to bolster the nation’s COVID-19 healthcare response with additional resources for vaccines, treatment, personal protective equipment, testing, contact tracing, and workforce development.  Other healthcare-related provisions would provide funding to the Department of Labor for worker protection activities. Click here for AHA’s special bulletin summarizing provisions affecting hospitals and healthcare systems.

 

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CHA Testifies in Support of Expanded Telehealth Coverage

CHA testified last week in favor of HB 6472, which would extend the expanded Medicaid coverage of telehealth beyond the Public Health Emergency, giving it a two-year test, with an efficacy review, before making it permanent.  CHA urged legislators to make coverage for the full range of telehealth modalities permanent now, or, failing that, to extend it until the end of the 2023 legislative session to allow for a full and complete public process.

 

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