One of this country’s great challenges and opportunities is the reform of its health care system. The outcomes of this controversial, contentious subject has implications for every American citizen, but especially for loved ones with psychiatric disabililties and their loved one. Below are a series of links to sites and materials that can help PsychOdyssey readers dig deeper into the subject.
But first, here’s where we are…
The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) is a nonprofit health policy resource center dedicated to improving health care quality for low-income children and adults, people with chronic illnesses and disabilities, frail elders, and racially and ethnically diverse populations experiencing disparities in care. We work with state and federal agencies, health plans, providers, and consumer groups to develop innovative programs that better serve people with complex and high-cost health care needs.
The FRESH-Thinking Project brings together individuals who have thought deeply and extensively about various aspects of health care reform from diverse perspectives: economic, medical, legal, and ethical. By working collaboratively through meetings and workshops and commissioning research papers, the project participants will critically study creating a more efficient and equitable approach to health care in the United States—including universal coverage, cost containment and quality. The FRESH-Thinking project addresses operational, financing, and regulatory issues that are generic to any and all health care reform plans. The project aims at clarifying long-term issues and proposing solutions to the implementation of comprehensive health care reform.
A leader in health policy and communications, the Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S., as well as the U.S. role in global health policy. Unlike grant-making foundations, Kaiser develops and runs its own research and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with other non-profit research organizations or major media companies. It serves as a non-partisan source of facts, information, and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the public. Its product is information, from the most sophisticated policy research, to basic facts and numbers, to information young people can use to improve their health or elderly people can use to understand their Medicare benefits.