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The important role of human-centered design in healthcare 

By: Kimberly Snodgrass, Cleoniki Kesidis In 2023, with Medicaid renewals at the forefront of state health and human service department operations, we’re thinking a lot about how to create easy-to-use systems that allow people to demonstrate their eligibility for Medicaid. Without easy-to-use systems, many are losing Medicaid insurance for administrative or procedural reasons–even if they remain eligible. Data shows that …

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Accepting applicants for the second annual Rebecca Copeland Memorial Internship

CHRT is now accepting applicants for the second annual Rebecca Copeland Memorial Internship. CHRT seeks a high-achieving individual who is thoughtful and analytical, with interests and experiences in health policy analysis. This is a full-time paid summer internship, with flexible start and end dates. Graduate students who have completed at least one year of coursework in public policy or public …

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15 years in review with Executive Director Terrisca Des Jardins

Friends,  Fifteen years ago, no one could have anticipated where the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) would be today. We’ve gone through many iterations, making our 15th anniversary truly significant.  We were only guaranteed three years of funding when we opened the doors of our center. We started as a grant-making nonprofit to support health services research. For …

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Insurance companies are no longer waiving cost-sharing for COVID hospitalizations. Seems fair to me.

By Melissa Riba, director of research and evaluation, Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) In the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, insurers stopped charging their members for COVID-related hospitalizations.  Partly, that was just common sense. Charging copays and deductibles in the middle of a global pandemic–when people were sick and worried and losing their jobs–would have discouraged people …

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Welcome new staff and interns

CHRT is pleased to introduce its newest hires in finance, data use, and programming. New finance team members will enhance our organization’s ability to conduct financial planning, ensure compliance, and improve operational procedures. New programmatic staff members bring expertise in health information technology, data use, public policy, mental health and substance use disorders, and more.  Gudrun Bossman Gudrun Bossmann is …

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New CHRT projects focus on integration, learning networks, and social determinants of health

CHRT has launched six new projects over the past few months, including designing a public health and primary care integration demonstration project, participating in a learning action network team to support integrated delivery networks, launching a new practicum and fellowship for Detroit Health Department staff members, and providing training in communicating for policy change to a national network of cancer …

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Special open enrollment period allows Michigan consumers to purchase 2021 health insurance on national ACA marketplace

On January 28th, President Biden signed an executive order to initiate a nationwide special enrollment period and reopen the ACA Health Insurance Marketplace. The Marketplace will reopen from February 15 – May 15, which will give consumers in Michigan (and in 35 other states that use the federal exchange) an additional opportunity to purchase 2021 health insurance coverage amidst the …

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Webinar: CHRT Policy Analytics Director Robyn Rontal offers webinar on policy solutions to support family caregivers

In this hour-long webinar by Policy Analytics Director Robyn Rontal, viewers will learn about the current state of informal and family caregiving in the U.S., factors that impact caregiver stress, and a variety of policy solutions to support family caregivers. Rontal discusses the prevalence of family caregiving and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on caregivers and families. She presents …

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What COVID-19 teaches us about health and human services integration by Melissa Riba

Melissa Riba, Director of Research and Evaluation For much of the last year, CHRT has been working with The Kresge Foundation and other national partners to better understand and advance the concept of health and human services integration. At CHRT, we are focusing our health and research transformation lens and our expertise in systems change to learn about the challenges …

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Another existential threat to the Affordable Care Act in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic

Having health insurance is essential to getting early diagnosis and treatment.  And if we’ve learned one thing during this coronavirus crisis, it’s that early diagnosis and treatment isn’t just important for the individual affected, it’s important for all of us. That’s why I was so troubled this week when, during a press conference, President Trump reaffirmed his support for a …

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