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Medicaid Doesn’t Pay For Housing. Here’s What It Can Do To Help Meet Enrollees’ Social Needs

Originally published on Health Affairs Blog. Access to safe, affordable housing supports people’s physical and mental health, research shows. This connection has led some health care stakeholders to conclude that Medicaid programs or health plans should pay directly for housing. We disagree: Diverting Medicaid funding from health care to housing is the wrong approach to addressing […]

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The Hidden Health Costs of Eviction

Originally published on PBS News Hour. Millions of Americans are forced from their homes every year. Evictions are usually considered in economic terms — an outcome of housing supply and income levels — but what about their physical and emotional impact? Research increasingly shows housing insecurity takes an enormous toll on people’s health. William Brangham […]

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A Doctor Retires, but Continues the Fight

Originally published on The Boston Globe. The beautiful baby girl fidgets in her mother’s lap as the kindly doctor with a stethoscope around her neck approaches her tiny patient with the affection of a doting grandmother who’s just popped in for a visit. “OK, my little friend,’’ the doctor says as 10-month-old Alana Nguyen suddenly […]

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Trump’s holiday gift: Cutting off help to the poor

Originally published on The Boston Globe. Curbing federal food stamps will only exacerbate poverty, and cost Americans in other ways. Food stamps have long shored up American families when they have struggled to put dinner on the table. But recently it’s become the mantra of certain conservatives that federal food benefits via the Supplemental Nutrition […]

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Cutting 700,000 Americans from SNAP will increase health costs

Originally published on Stat News. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is our nation’s first line of defense against food insecurity. It’s a lifeline that can provide enough food for all household members to lead healthy and active lives. As a fundamental component of America’s public health and economic infrastructure, SNAP helps sustain people when the […]

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Plenary speaker: Rx for homelessness requires solutions grounded in equity

To help homeless families, pediatricians should not focus on equality to make a difference in children’s health outcomes. Rather, they should zero in on equity, according to Megan Sandel, M.D., M.P.H., who spoke at Sunday’s plenary on how affordable housing improves children’s health and future outcomes. Quality, stability, affordability and location are the four walls […]

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Podcast: “Good Housing is Good Health” with Dr. Megan Sandel

Episode 1 – Dr. Megan Sandel This episode dives into the deep connections between housing and health with a nationally recognized expert in the field. Sometimes, the prescription that patients really need for their ailments is a safe, decent, affordable home. Dr. Sandel explains her career journey as a pediatrician and how she became an […]

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What if the best way to alleviate food insecurity is to help people build their credit scores?

It makes intuitive sense that a low-income family, paying expensive rent, might experience food insecurity. Research shows that when people run low on money, groceries are often one of the first bills to trim. “Rent eats first. Households are forced to pay their rent because they need a place to stay,” says Andrew Aurand, vice president […]

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Home Is Where The Health Is

Megan Sandel MED ’96 fights for children: For the child struggling to breathe because his family’s apartment is laden with mold. For the child being poisoned by the lead that lurks in her home’s water supply. For the child who has no home at all. As a nationally recognized expert on housing and its connection […]

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Rep. Richard Neal, quoting Ronald Reagan, makes case for expanding earned income, child tax credit

SPRINGFIELD — Research suggests expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit, like U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal wants to do, would boost 1.9 million Massachusetts families, giving a quarter of the state’s population tax cuts or refunds averaging $1,820 in 2020. “And the best part about it is that it is […]