Policy Brief

Issue at a Glance

IHPL periodically develops briefs on current issues with a special focus on oral health, hunger, and mental/behavioral health.  We hope that our “Issue At A Glance” will inform our readers and spark a dialogue among stakeholders to better promote health and prevent disease. To access previous issues, please visit our archive. 

Issue Briefs

November 2022. Medicaid Reimbursement Rates

Compared to private insurance and Medicare, Medicaid consistently has lower reimbursement rates, affecting provider participation in this vital program. This brief will dive into this issue, highlighting its effect on health equity.
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April 2022. The Digital Divide and Telehealth

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted how significant internet-based technology is to accessing telehealth services and how the digital divide worsened existing inequities in access to health care. This brief provides an overview of the relationship between the digital divide and telehealth and highlights federal and state policies that aim to close the digital divide.
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