Advocacy & Policy 

Covering Kids & Families of Indiana's mission is to promote and facilitate healthcare coverage through building coalitions that enroll, educate, and support Hoosiers and through advocating for strong and inclusive public policies.

 

2018 Public Policy Priorities
 

PRIORITY AREA: ADVOCATE AT FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LEVELS TO INCREASE COVERAGE
Rationale: To provide timely, meaningful and unbaised guidance on healthcare coverage to decision makers. 
Potential Activities
  • Participate in direct lobbying activities
  • Educate legislators & officials
  • Tesify in legislative committees & forums 
PRIORITY AREA: PARTICPATE IN THE PUBLIC DIALOGUE ON HEALTHCARE COVERAGE
Rationale: To ensure that accurate information on healthcare policy & coverage options is communicated to the general public.
Potential Acitvities
  • Provide public comments
  • Conduct media interviews
  • Act as an information resource to the media
PRIORITY AREA: INCREASE AVAILABILITY & SUPPORT OF HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS
Rationale:  To promote that healthcare coverage is only valuable in conjunction with patient access to qualtiy professionals. 
Potential Activities
  • Monitor healthcare workforce legislation
  • Support health professional associations
  • Provide data on healthcare shortages
PRIORITY AREA:  PROMOTE INCLUSION OF HEALTHY LIFESTYLES, PREVENTION & ALLIED HEALTH
Rationale:  To educate that a comprehensive approach to healthcare improves population health and decreases the overal costs of care. 
Potential Activities
  • Support coverage inlusion for allied health
  • Promote the cost-savings of prevention
  • Assist groups supporting healthy lifestyles
PRIORITY AREA: EXPAND RESOURCES FOR THE TREATMENT OF ADDICTIVE DISORDERS
Rationale: To advocate for improved access to care, range of treament options, funding for services and authorization for treatment.
Potential Activities
  • Collect and disseminate expert information
  • Speak on ease of access issues
  • Advocate simplified authorization and billing
PRIORITY AREA:  IMPROVE THE USE OF SCHOOLS AS HEALTHCARE & COVERAGE RESOURCES
Rationale: To recognize and utilize schools as a natural conduit for healthcare and healthcare coverage for children and famiies.
Potential Activities
  • Dialogue with stakeholders in school health
  • Support the Indiana School Health Network
  • Provide information on school health
PRIORITY AREA: SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH PARITY IN PRACTICE AND IN PUBLIC IMAGE
Rationale: To improve both the public facing image of metnal health parity and the enforcement of parity rules to improve access.
Potential Acitivities
  • Monitor public prerceptions of parity
  • Discuss shortage areas with stakeholders
  • Promote administrative policies on parity

For more information, contact Mark Fairchild, Director of Public Policy.

If you are interested in learning more about the Policy & Provider Committee, contact Mark Fairchild

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