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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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.