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Federal Efforts to Address the Coronavirus Pandemic & the Ensuing and Precipitous Economic Downturn

Publication Date: April 24th, 2020 • Emerging Issues, Employment & Education, Fiscal & Economics, Health & Housing, Rights & Justice
Authors: Shelley Geballe, J.D., M.P.H.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a report that outlines the three, large, coronavirus-related Congressional bills to date. The report, entitled “Federal Efforts to Address the Coronavirus Pandemic & the Ensuing and Precipitous Economic Downturn” examines The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (P.L. 116-123), which became law on March 6, 2020; The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (P.L. 116-127), which became law on March 18, 2020; The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (P.L. 116-136), which became law March 27, 2020; and The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (P.L. 116-139), which became law April 24, 2020.  This report, in three parts, describes the key provisions of these federal efforts, with emphasis on those most relevant to Connecticut children and families.

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Pathways to Continuous Coverage of Medicaid in Connecticut

Publication Date: February 3rd, 2020 • Health & Housing
Authors: Erin Sheehan; Karen Siegel, M.F.A., M.P.H.; Samantha Lew, MSW; Tekisha Dwan Everette, M.P.A., Ph.D.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a report entitled ‘Pathways to Continuous Coverage of Medicaid in Connecticut.’ Retaining eligible children and adults in HUSKY Health, Connecticut’s Medicaid and CHIP programs, is a key strategy for reducing the number of uninsured Connecticut residents and increasing efficiency within state agencies. The State recently implemented a new eligibility database and has made strides in increasing rates of autorenewal and simplifying the  processing of paperwork. However, a concrete understanding of the causes of gaps in coverage for Connecticut’s HUSKY enrollees remains elusive.  To assess the causes of these gaps, Connecticut Voices partnered with Health Equity Solutions to conduct focus groups on challenges faced by HUSKY enrollees and individuals providing assistance when navigating the enrollment and renewal processes. This report includes recommendations to ensure that fewer individuals experience gaps in coverage.

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Advancing Health Equity for Connecticut’s Children and Families Through Health Systems Transformation

Publication Date: January 7th, 2020 • Health & Housing
Authors: Karen Siegel, M.F.A., M.P.H.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a report entitled ‘Advancing Health Equity for Connecticut’s Children and Families Through Health Systems Transformation’ that reveals health reform efforts have the potential to improve health equity dramatically, yet evaluations of early models suggest a risk that reforms may widen racial and ethnic disparities in health unless equity is thoughtfully and measurably embedded. Changing our systems to mitigate the impacts of racism and the disproportionate burdens faced by children of color—such as higher rates of economic hardship and increased exposure to traumatic events—can have lifelong impacts that reach across all aspects of our society.  The report includes a series of proposals to center health equity in health system transformation.

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2019 HUSKY Eligibility Manual

Publication Date: September 26th, 2019 • Health & Housing
Authors: Karen Siegel, M.P.H.

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The HUSKY Eligibility Manual for children and families is a tool created by ‘Covering Connecticut’s Kids and Families’, a state-wide coalition of organizations enrolling Connecticut families in the HUSKY program since 1999. It is designed to serve as a reference for advocates, providers, outreach workers, and community-based organizations who work with families.

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2019 Legislative Session Review

Publication Date: July 18th, 2019 • Employment & Education, Fiscal & Economics, Health & Housing, Rights & Justice
Authors: Lauren Ruth, Ph.D., Karen Siegel, M.P.H., Ellen Scalettar, J.D., Susana Barragan, & Jessica Nelson

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While the status quo state budget plan approved by policymakers did not offer many bold new investments in children and families, other policy changes approved during this year’s legislative

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Impact of the Final FY 2020-2021 Budget on Children and Families

Publication Date: July 2nd, 2019 • Employment & Education, Fiscal & Economics, Health & Housing, Rights & Justice
Authors: Ellen Scalettar, J.D.; Lauren Ruth, Ph.D.; Karen Siegel, M.P.H; Sharon Langer, J.D.

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The state’s final biennial budget for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021 could be characterized as a status quo budget.

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HUSKY Health for Children and Families in Connecticut

Publication Date: May 14th, 2019 • Health & Housing

This series of fact sheets explains how Connecticut’s HUSKY Health programs benefit a wide range of the state’s residents.

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Impact of the FY 2020-2021 Appropriations and Finance Committee Budget and Revenue Proposals on Children and Families

Publication Date: May 3rd, 2019 • Employment & Education, Fiscal & Economics, Health & Housing, Rights & Justice
Authors: Jamie Mills, J.D., Lauren Ruth, Ph.D., Karen Siegel, M.P.H., Wendy Waithe Simmons, Ph.D., Camara Stokes Hudson, Jessica Nelson, and Sharon Langer, J.D.

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While the state budget proposals by the General Assembly protect many programs that serve children and families from budget cuts, rigid and counterproductive budget rules are starving schools, infr

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Impact of the Governor’s FY 2020-2021 Budget on Children and Families

Publication Date: March 12th, 2019 • Employment & Education, Fiscal & Economics, Health & Housing, Rights & Justice
Authors: Rachel Silbermann. Ph.D., Jamie Mills, J.D., Lauren Ruth, Ph.D., Karen Siegel, M.P.H., Wendy Waithe Simmons, Ph.D., Camara Stokes Hudson, Jessica Nelson, and Sharon Langer, J.D.

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Connecticut’s long-term fiscal health and economic growth depend on policies that improve equity and support our most vulnerable families and children.

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Declining Health Insurance Coverage and Stagnant Incomes in Connecticut: Latest Data from the American Community Survey

Publication Date: October 3rd, 2018 • Fiscal & Economics, Health & Housing
Authors: Rachel Silbermann, Ph.D., Karen Siegel, M. P. H.

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In this report, we analyze the US Census Bureau released 2017 data from the American Community Survey (ACS), the Census Bureau’s most detailed look at income, health insurance, poverty, and o

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