Research Category: Policy
Overtime Final Rule and the Non-Profit Sector
June 24, 2016
Overtime Final Rule: The Department of Labor’s final overtime rule updates the salary level required for the executive, administrative, and professional (“white collar”) exemption to ensure that the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) intended overtime protections are fully implemented, and it provides greater clarity for white collar workers and their...
Policy Statement on Funding Mechanisms for School-Based Health Services
January 20, 2016
School health services play a critical role in ensuring that children and youth have access to high-quality, affordable health care. By providing physical health, mental health, oral health, and youth development services on school campuses, school-based health centers (SBHCs) and other school health providers positively impact students’ health and learning.
Policy Statement on Medicaid and Access to Care
The Kansas and Missouri Medicaid programs currently offer no coverage to childless adults and very low income eligibility limits for parents. Absent Medicaid expansion, the coverage system in both Missouri and Kansas has a large coverage gap that leaves hundreds of thousands of residents behind, because they make too much...
Policy Statement on Increasing the Age of Sale for Tobacco Products to 21
Tobacco21 policies increase the age of sale for tobacco products to 21. Since most teens report getting their tobacco products from older teens, Tobacco21 policies cut off the supply chain to reduce teen smoking. Over 80% of area high school seniors are older than 18 on graduation day; they are...
Policy Statement on Increasing Tobacco Pricing
Higher tobacco prices reduce smoking, particularly by young adults, low-income smokers, and pregnant women. HCF’s continued involvement and pressure around increased tobacco pricing is an important force to ensure that increased tobacco taxes are public health tools, rather than used purely to generate revenue.
Insights Audit: MO HealthNet Reform Context Report
November 23, 2015
Originally intended to be a mandatory requirement, the June 2012 Supreme Court ruling effectively made Medicaid expansion optional for states. To finance the expansion, states receive 100 percent federal matching funds through 2016, 95 percent federal match in 2017, 94 percent in 2018, 93 percent in 2019, and 90 percent...
Why Health Insurance Matters for Missouri Women (infographic)
November 7, 2015
Health insurance coverage plays a critical role in the health status of women. Having coverage expands affordability and access to health care services. Women with health insurance coverage utilize critical preventive care such as mammographies and pap tests at significantly higher rates than women without coverage.
Oral Health Policy in Kansas and Missouri
Although we tend to think about medicine and dentistry as separate components of “health care,” they are inextricably linked. Poor oral health can have dramatic impacts on overall health, leading to poor nutrition, cardiovascular disease, low birthweight babies, and diabetes.
Food for All: Improving Access to Healthy and Local Food
Kansas and Missouri are above average, but in this case, it’s nothing to be proud of. We rank 8th (Missouri) and 15th (Kansas) among the 50 states in food insecurity. In the heart of one of the richest agricultural regions in the country, more than 15% of our residents don’t...
Medicaid Expansion Position Statement
October 15, 2015
Expanding Medicaid is affordable for our region. The national health care reform law provides the bulk of funds; meaning Kansas and Missouri won’t have to pay anything until 2017 and only 10% of the expansion costs after that.