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January 2017

Consumer Health Foundation (Washington, DC)

The Consumer Health Foundation (CHF) released a briefing paper on “Immigration Status as a Social Determinant of Health.” The vision statement in CHF’s 2014-2016 strategic plan included “immigration status” as one of the identities or factors around which barriers are often created that limit people’s ability to live a healthy and dignified life. CHF and its partners are presenting a series of briefing papers to explore this concept as it relates to health, hunger and poverty, and workers’ issues.

The first briefing paper which focuses on health was produced in partnership with La Clinica del Pueblo, a federally qualified health center in DC and suburban Maryland.

Download the full briefing paper here.

New York State Health Foundation (New York)

A new NYSHealth-funded report in the Consumer Reports January 2017 issue offers ratings of health cost estimator tools, both nationally and New York State-specific. The ratings score the tools on ease of use; functionality; content, scope, and reliability; price estimates; drug cost information; patient outcomes; and value. Additionally, an NYSHealth-supported issue brief by Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, provides more analysis of the cost estimator tools available to New Yorkers, with user experience feedback and recommendations on how health plans and policymakers can improve the availability and quality of such tools.