By Elena Marks President & CEO As health care continues to be the top concern for a majority of Americans, we’re all incredibly proud of the work we’ve done here at the
For the first time, Medicare has released a report looking at how non-medical, unmet social needs affect the health of patients.
In a Houston Chronicle op-ed, EHF CEO Elena Marks writes that when it comes to the presidential debates on health care, it’s not enough to talk about the health care system without a focus on actually improving HEALTH.
At no cost to taxpayers, EHF is spearheading a research project in Harrison County that will take a closer look at the relationship of how the county spends funds and the health of those who live here. This project is one example of how we all need to change the conversation to improving health, not just healthcare across Texas.
EHF’s new Texas Health Policy Poll shows more than half of Texans say it’s difficult to afford health care
“The state can actually do something about it. This was a session on education, not so much on health. Maybe next time’s the health session,” says EHF’s Elena Marks on Texas Standard. EHF’s new statewide poll shows healthcare affordability & access remain consistent struggles for the majority of Texans, yet little was done to address those issues at the state legislature. #HealthNotJustHealthcare
Texas has the highest rate in the nation of uninsured children and is home to one in five of our nation’s uninsured kids. Even more concerning is that this rate has started to rise. We should be doing all we can to sign up the estimated 350,000 uninsured kids who are eligible but not enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). And once we have kids enrolled, isn’t it our obligation to keep them covered?
In an opinion column in the Houston Chronicle, EHF’s Elena Marks says while the Affordable Care Act is far from perfect, the health insurance situation of today is preferable to the ghosts of Christmas past.
The magnitude of the disaster forced philanthropies to learn quickly how to navigate complex public/private relief systems, flatten grantmaking processes, and work across sectors to identify and uphold nonprofits that provided relief for individuals and families, and to build the capacity of others that had the trust and knowledge of hard-to-reach communities such as immigrant and undocumented neighborhoods.
Medical care can help treat the symptoms, but medical care alone wasn’t the key to improving the nail workers’ health. Instead, the solution required addressing the root causes of their problems. That’s why we embarked on an effort to use our experience and influence to improve the working conditions that were having a direct impact on the health of these women.
The numbers show that an overwhelming majority of Texans enrolled in the ACA marketplace are returning enrollees and are largely shielded from the premium increases because of federal tax credits. Any discussion to eliminate the ACA marketplace without a clear policy alternative would risk adding another 1.1 million Texans to the uninsured population and returning the state uninsured rate to more than 20 percent.
If we change the conversation and become focused on the importance of health, not just healthcare, we can save money and improve health outcomes.