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Using Dual Eligible Plans to Improve Care for our Most Costly Patients

Dennis Heaphy, a Boston resident and 30-year quadriplegic, received new health care coverage in 2014. As part of initiatives ushered in with the Accountable Care Act, Heaphy, a low-income disabled individual, was able to stay home and in his community. This was a drastic change from the expensive and disruptive alternative he was all too familiar with—frequent visits to the hospital and long-term stays at skilled nursing facilities.

Now, improvements are being tested in a pilot program—“dual eligible” plans—aimed at providing better coordinated care for patients like Heaphy, who is among a group of the most costly and complex patients.  

Topics: Medicaid coordinated care ACA Medicare dual eligibles elderly

The Price of Fitness: Combating Obesity in Low-Income Populations

Like clockwork, the ball drops in Times Square on New Years’ Eve, and millions of Americans resolve to lose weight. They say, “This time, I’m motivated.” But, for many low-income Americans, it is not a lack of drive that keeps them from losing weight, but a lack of affordability and accessibility.

Topics: Healthify community-based organizations ACA obesity

Does Money Matter? It Does for Your Health.

“Money is not the only answer, but it makes a difference.” 

—Former President Barack Obama

Wealth influences your education, your environment, and most of all your health.

In the U.S., life expectancy is tied to income, and wealthier Americans have an advantage. The wealthier live longer than low-income counterparts. Because of social circumstances, low-income Americans experience more stress, mental illness, violence, and obesity, among other burdens. Many low-income individuals also struggle to afford medication, lack awareness on where or when to seek care, and do not have the same access to treat and prevent their health issues.

Topics: Healthify low income vulnerable populations ACA healthcare