The SCAN Foundation published a report analyzing 2014-2020 Health and Retirement Study (HRS) data. The analysis found racial inequities in telehealth, access to care, and health status during the first year of the pandemic. In 2020, non-Hispanic Black and Hispanic adults over 50 experienced worse self-reported health status, used less telehealth, delayed care more, and were less likely to have their care preferences considered compared to their white counterparts.
KFF released three reports analyzing Medicare Advantage’s impact on enrollment, benefits and cost-sharing, and bonus payments. One report found that “federal spending on bonus payments to insurance companies that offer Medicare Advantage plans” will be at least $12.8 billion, around 30 percent more than in 2022 and more than four times the spending in 2015.
Healthy Communities Foundation recently published its General Operating Support in Action: 2021-2022 Insights Report, which showcases learnings in its first year implementing new evaluation and flexible funding approaches. The report also outlines the impact of multiyear general operating support for grantee partners.
This study, commissioned in collaboration with the Health Equity Compact, aims to quantify that economic burden associated with solutions for reducing inequities in health (which require investments of time and resources for which there will always be competing priorities.)
The Missouri Foundation for Health released a new report that examines the challenges Black and Latino Missourians faced during the early months of the pandemic. The report highlights how inequities in response efforts hampered their reach and effectiveness, further exacerbating the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on Black and Latino communities.
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation Massachusetts released a new report, “Closing the Coverage Gaps: Reducing Health Insurance Disparities in Massachusetts.” The foundation noted that Massachusetts has been exemplary in developing health insurance coverage policies to cover its residents.
VNA Foundation recently released the report, “Utilizing a Mixed-Methods Analysis to Differentiate Models of Healthcare for PSH Residents.” In it, the foundation describes a data project that was piloted to determine how healthcare can be best provided to residents in permanent supportive housing.
The RRF Foundation for Aging released a call to action to address Older Adult Debt Burden. In The Call to Action, RRF Foundation for Aging illuminates a problem hidden for too long and calls on advocates, researchers, service providers, funders, and others to get involved with addressing this urgent issue.