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What We're Reading at REACH

Feature:  What We’re Reading at REACH

In our work, we come across a number of news items and reports related to the REACH Foundation’s funding priorities and strategic goals. “What we’re reading at REACH” is a collection of links to noteworthy articles that have caught our attention.

Health Insurance Exchange Decisions

February 15, 2013, was the deadline for states to notify the federal government about their intentions regarding operating a health insurance exchange. As of that date, 17 states and the District of Columbia have opted to run their own exchanges; seven states will partner with the federal government on a health insurance exchange; and 26 states will have the federal government set up and operate their state’s health insurance exchange.

Read Washington Post article that includes chart depicting exchange decisions.

KanCare Oversight

Kansas House Bill 2025 that calls for establishment of a KanCare oversight committee has received support from at least 16 organizations, including the Lieutenant Governor’s Office and consumer health advocacy organizations, according to a KHI News article.

The measure would establish a joint committee of 11 senators and representatives with the chairmanship rotating between members of the House and Senate. The first chairperson would be a House member.

Read the KHI News article.

Among the REACH Foundation’s 2013 policy priorities is legislative and consumer oversight of KanCare, Kansas’ Medicaid program. Read the Foundation’s position statement on KanCare oversight and other policy priorities.

Quizzes to Kick Off the Week

How much do you know about the uninsured? Take this quick Kaiser Family Foundation quiz to test your knowledge. 

The New York Times offers a Well Flu quiz to see if you know how to handle flu season. 

 


Scholarship Opportunities for Trauma Workshop

Announcement

The REACH Foundation will provide a limited number of scholarships to an upcoming one-day seminar on “Trauma, Loss and Attachment: Implications for Therapy and Parenting,” sponsored by KidsTLC.

The seminar will address the role of secure attachment on a child’s neurological, affective, cognitive and behavioral development. The presenter will be Dan Hughes, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in Annville, Pa., who has engaged in extensive training and consultation of therapists and agencies in this treatment model.

The regular seminar fee is $100 but the REACH Foundation will provide a limited number of scholarships for mental health and health care professionals.

Details follow:

  • Date: February 26, 2013
  • Time: 7:30 a.m. registration; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. seminar
  • Location:  Doubletree Hotel, 10100 College Boulevard, Overland Park, Kansas 66210
  • Sponsoring Organization, KidsTLC, www.kidstlc.org

To request a scholarship, email Carla Gibson, Senior Program Officer, at carla@reachhealth.org or call 913-432-4196.

To read about the seminar, click here.

 


What We're Reading at REACH

Feature:  What We’re Reading at REACH

In our work, we come across a number of news items and reports related to the REACH Foundation’s funding priorities and strategic goals. “What we’re reading at REACH” is a collection of links to noteworthy articles that have caught our attention.

Oral Health Access

This week, a bill was introduced in the Kansas House Health and Human Services Committee by Rep. Brian Weber, Dodge City, that would authorize the licensure of mid-level dental providers in Kansas. Read the Kansas Health Institute news article about the proposed legislation.

Kaiser Health News provides an overview of expanded pediatric dental benefits that will be available starting in 2014. Beginning next year, individual and small-group health plans sold on the state-based health insurance exchanges and outside them on the private market will cover pediatric dental services. Read the Kasier Health News article.

Medicaid Expansion

Discussion of state expansion of Medicaid programs is cropping up more frequently now that legislatures are in session. Both the Kansas and Missouri hospital associations have released statements advocating for the states to expand Medicaid to cover more uninsured adults.

Read a Kansas Health Institute commentary by Kansas Hospital Association President and CEO Tom Bell.

A new report from the Missouri Hospital Association projects that failing to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act could cost Missouri more than 9,000 jobs, $1.9 billion in reduced capital investment or $1.1 billion in cost shift to the insured. Read the latest statement.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, who has called on the Legislature to support Medicaid expansion,  has used the Missouri Hospital Association’s analyses to support his statements. Missouri House Republican budget leaders say they will work on the next state budget without including Medicaid expansion. Read a news report.


REACH 2013 Competitive Grants Snapshot

Merriam, Kansas — The REACH Healthcare Foundation this month announced Program Grant awards to 17 organizations totaling $1,373,261. In November, the Foundation announced Core Operating Grant awards totaling $1,530,000 for 2013. With these awards, the total investment in competitive grants for 2013 is $2,903,261 and includes $1,407,158 for safety net health care; $1,178,985 for mental health; and $317,118 for oral health.

To  learn more about program and core operating grants, and other funding opportunities available year-round, review the Grants page on the web site.

For questions about the Foundation’s grant opportunities, contact William Moore, Ph.D., Vice President, Program, Policy and Evaluation, at bill@reachhealth.org.

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Kansas Safety Net Clinic is State's Latest Medical Home

Article

Turner House Children’s Clinic in Kansas City, Kansas, is highlighted in a story by Mike Sherry, writing for KHI News, as one of five Kansas safety-net health care clinics of approximately 40 in the state to earn national recognition as a “patient-centered medical home” through the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

Turner House is a participant in the REACH Foundation’s Medical Home Initiative, which provides technical assistance and other support to help safety net clinics implement core standards of the patient-centered medical home model of care.

Read the news story.

Learn more about the REACH Medical Home Initiative.


REACH Awards $1.4 Million in Program Grants

News Release

Merriam, Kansas — The REACH Healthcare Foundation this week announced program grants to 17 organizations totaling $1,373,261. Among the programs funded for 2013 are school-based mental health services at a Kansas City, Kansas, elementary, middle and high school, support for a full-time dentist for a Cass County children’s safety net dental clinic, and care coordination for diabetic, hypertensive and mentally ill patients at a Kansas City, Missouri, safety net clinic.

Program grants are awarded through an annual competitive process. The grants support oral  health, mental health and primary medical services, health advocacy activities, and efforts to expand or integrate services in order to increase access to health care and improve the quality of care for uninsured and medically underserved people in the Foundation’s six-county service area.

The 2013 program grants recipients are:

Oral Health

  • Cabot Westside Health Center, $68,968
  • Cass Community Foundation, $125,000
  • Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, Inc., $26,180
  • Lafayette County Health Department, $21,970

Mental Health

  • Crittenton Children’s Center, $71,943
  • KidsTLC, $121,625
  • KU School of Social Welfare, $72,405
  • Marillac Center, $96,360
  • Mattie Rhodes Center, $100,524
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Kansas City, $105,500
  • Pathways Community Behavioral Healthcare, $61,875
  • The Children’s Place, $69,477
  • Tri-County Mental Health Services, Inc., $79,276

Safety Net Services

  • Hope Family Care Center, $63,592
  • Jewish Vocational Service, $47,526
  • Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, $117,040
  • Synergy Services, Inc., $124,000

In November, the Foundation announced core operating grants totaling $1,530,000 for 2013. Core operating grants provide unrestricted funding to organizations whose core work is closely aligned with the Foundation’s mission and theory of change. With these awards, the total investment in competitive grants for 2013 is $2,903,261 and includes $1,407,158 for safety net health care; $1,178,985 for mental health; and $317,118 for oral health.

To read a summary of the funded programs, download the program grants PDF.

To  learn more about program and core operating grants, and other funding opportunities available year-round, review the Grants page on the web site.

For questions about the Foundation’s competitive grants opportunities, contact William Moore, Ph.D., Vice President, Program, Policy and Evaluation, at bill@reachhealth.org.

 

 

 

 


Medicaid Expansion Projections for Kansas, Missouri

Resources and Reports

The Kansas Health Institute (KHI) has published a new issue brief that outlines enrollment and cost projections of Medicaid expansion in Kansas. The issue brief reports that 315,000 adults will be eligible for Medicaid but estimates that 120,000 adults will sign up in 2014. KHI’s report estimates the cost to the state of Medicaid expansion and CHIP will be $518.5 million from 2014 to 2020. The total additional cost to the federal government during the same period will be $2.9 billion.

Read the KHI issue brief.

A report commissioned by the Missouri Hospital Association and the Missouri Foundation for Health released in early December projects expansion of Medicaid in Missouri could add $9.6 billion to the state’s economy through job growth and other economic output. The report produced by the University of Missouri School of Medicine Department of Health Management and Informatics and Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, LLC, estimates the federal contribution to Missouri for Medicaid expansion at $8.2 billion (96.1%), with a state contribution of $332 million (3.9%) over the time period 2014 to 2020. The report proposes these investments will generate 24,000 jobs and an additional $856 million in state and local taxes.

Read the executive summary and full report.


What We're Reading at REACH

Feature:  What We’re Reading at REACH

In our work, we come across a number of news items and reports related to the REACH Foundation’s funding priorities and strategic goals. “What we’re reading at REACH” is a collection of links to noteworthy articles that have caught our attention.

A key element of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the expansion of Medicaid to individuals with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level beginning in 2014. Medicaid currently provides health coverage for over 60 million individuals, including 1 in 4 children, but states’ low eligibility levels mean that many low-income adults remain uninsured. Under the ACA, the Medicaid expansion is 100% fully federally funded for the first three years (2014-2016) and at least 90% federally funded thereafter. Following are some articles and reports on Medicaid.

Report Projects Economic Boost to Missouri from Medicaid Expansion

A report commissioned by the Missouri Hospital Association and the Missouri Foundation for Health released this week projects expansion of Medicaid in Missouri could add $9.6 billion to the state’s economy through job growth and other economic output. The report produced by the University of Missouri School of Medicine Department of Health Management and Informatics and Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, LLC, estimates the federal contribution to Missouri for Medicaid expansion at $8.2 billion (96.1%), with a state contribution of $332 million (3.9%) over the time period 2014-2020. The report proposes these investments will generate 24,000 jobs and an additional $856 million in state and local taxes. Read the executive summary and full report.

The Cost and Coverage Implications of the ACA Medicaid Expansion: National and State-by-State Analysis, November 2012

This analysis uses the Urban Institute’s Health Insurance Policy Simulation Model (HIPSM) to provide national and state-by-state estimates of the impact of ACA on federal and state Medicaid costs, Medicaid enrollment and the number of uninsured. The analysis shows that Medicaid expansion would substantially reduce the number of uninsured people nationally. Furthermore, the additional state cost of implementing the Medicaid expansion is small relative to total state Medicaid spending. Read the executive summary and full report.

5 Key Questions about Medicaid and Its Role in State/Federal Budgets and Health Reform, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, May 2012

http://www.kff.org/medicaid/upload/8139-02.pdf

 


Training on Affordable Care Act Provisions

Announcement

On Friday, November 30, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will hold a Community Ambassadors Training session on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) to help health providers and community members understand and communicate about the law and its key provisions.

The November 30 training is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the REACH Healthcare Foundation Conference Room, 6700 Antioch Road, Merriam, Kansas 66204. Certificates of attendance will be provided for CEUs for social workers, nurses and case managers.

Participants will gain information on:

  • The ACA and the timeline for roll-out of its key provisions
  • Changes to Medicare and Medicaid
  • How families, individuals and small businesses can obtain health insurance
  • Consumer protections for individuals with health insurance

To sign up, contact:

Alice Kitchen

akitchen1@kc.rr.com, or 816-753-4424

Sarah Starnes

starwal@aol.com, or 816-522-5584


Turner House Achieves Medical Home Designation

Announcement

Turner House Children’s Clinic, a pediatric safety net clinic in Wyandotte County, Kansas, has achieved recognition by the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home, the highest level of recognition. Turner House is one of seven Kansas City metropolitan area safety net clinics currently participating in the REACH Foundation’s Medical Home Initiative, and the fifth clinic in that group to obtain NCQA recognition for meeting key components of a medical home.

The Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of care that emphasizes care coordination, patient communications and engagement, and team-based care, along with continuous measurement of clinical outcomes and patient experience.

Read the Turner House Children’s Clinic press release

Read about the REACH Medical Home Initiative