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Mobilizer: Supreme Court Decision on Health Reform

The Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (the ACA; Health Reform) will be announced Thursday June 28 around 10am EDT. The fate of the Medicaid Expansion that will provide health insurance to millions of low-income and homeless persons hangs in the balance.  Use the expected media attention to publicly support the expanded health coverage … More

Mobilizer: Health Needs Grow as Resources Diminish

Deliberations over next year’s funding are underway and the advocacy of the HCH community is needed more than ever. The tight spending caps put in place by last summer’s Budget Control Act (BCA) have made resources scarce and will require tough choices where prioritizing one program will lead to fewer resources for another. Call your members of Congress today to … More

Hot Spotters in the HCH Setting: Managing Patients with Complex Comorbidities

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
This webinar will present findings from a review of the literature and field interviews with four health care for the homeless projects regarding their management of complex comorbidities including a highlight of practices from the HCH project at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Masschusetts. Managing complex comorbidities with patients who are homeless can be very challenging … More

Health Reform and Justice-Involved Populations: Opportunities for the HCH Community

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
This webinar will highlight the potential for using the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion to engage justice agencies in stronger partnerships that will enroll patients into health insurance programs, share data with other providers, and facilitate better coordinated care for those entering and leaving detention. In states where health reform is aggressively implemented, reductions in recidivism … More

National Health Center Week and HCH Day Approaching Fast

National Health Center Week is August 5-11, 2012 and HCH Day is Wednesday August 8, 2012.  Use this is an opportunity to raise awareness, form community partnerships, build relationships with public officials, and invite the broader community to share in your work.  Plan a health fair, an open house, a candidate forum, or any other event to celebrate your work.  … More

CNN Interviews Council on Obesity

A May 25 feature in’s Health section interviews the Council’s Policy Director, Barbara DiPietro, about the rates of obesity among homeless people found in a new study.  “Nutrition is hard to tackle and is often overlooked in discussions about homelessness and health,” says John Lozier, Executive Director of the Council.  “The connection to high rates of diabetes and hypertension … More

HCH Staffing and Services: National Trends and Implications for Growth

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
This webinar will present national trends in health care for the homeless staffing and services identified using Uniform Data Systems (UDS) data and discuss some of the limitations in the data. Representatives from the Health Resources and Services Administration will discuss upcoming changes in UDS reporting while HCH representatives will discuss the implications of trends emerging … More

Start with a Strong Foundation: Council Resources for Training Your Staff in HCH Core Competencies

Thursday, June 7, 2012
The National Health Care for the Homeless Council has a number of resources to assist you and your staff in training on the key elements of the HCH Model of Care. The staff and members of the Council’s Core Competency Work Group have assembled a curriculum that can be used in whole or in part as … More

Medicaid’s Home and Community-Based Services Program: An Orientation for Homeless Health Care Providers

Thursday, May 31, 2012
This webinar will provide an overview of the Federal Home and Community-based Services program, describe opportunities for homeless health care providers to improve access to their states’ HCBS programs, and share examples of two states that have improved access to their HCBS programs for people who are experiencing homelessness. The Medicaid expansion in 2014 to cover … More

2012 Health Reform and Homelessness Policy Statement

Pending the outcome of the Supreme Court’s decisions, Council staff continue to focus on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its impact on people experiencing homelessness.  The Health Reform and Homelessness policy statement highlights our priorities for outreach and enrollment, expansions of health centers and workforce, coverage for services provided in permanent supportive housing and medical respite … More