Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Disability and Aging, Population Health and Health Policy

Health Policy Colloquia: Examining MaineCare’s Coverage Options Under the Affordable Care Act

Event Date and Time: 
Monday, April 8, 2013, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: 
USM Portland Campus, Wishcamper Center, Lee Community Hall (remote access available in Augusta and Orono)
Contact Name: 
Donna Reed
Contact Phone: 
(207) 780-4846
Contact Email: 
donnar@usm.maine.edu

 

 

 

 

Under the Affordable Care Act, states may seek federal Medicaid funds to cover more low income people. States have been divided in their response. Join us for a conversation. What should Maine do?

What is a colloquia?

A colloquia is a series of community conversations in which experts, from various disciplines and perspectives, inform and engage the broader community to explore, discuss and debate critical issues in health policy. The Muskie School of Public Service is uniquely positioned to convene opinion leaders and researchers, policymakers and citizens to help enlighten and enliven Maine's health policy debate through a non-partisan and evidence based approach. Each colloquium will include presentations from outside experts followed by response from Mainers and a facilitated discussion among the group, with ample opportunity for audience engagement.

Featuring:

Joseph Antos, PhD., is the Wilson H. Taylor Scholar
in Health Care and Retirement Policy at American
Enterprise Institute.

Click here for the full bio and related articles

Sara Rosenbaum, J.D., is the Harold and Jane
Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy, George
Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

Click here for the full bio and related articles

Speakers will join a panel of Maine leaders who will react to the presentations and engage in a facilitated discussion about options and challenges confronting Maine and respond to audience questions.

Facilitator: Trish Riley, Muskie School Panel: Mary Mayhew, Commissioner, Maine DHHS; Dr. David Howes, President, Martins Point Health Care; and Sara Gagne-Holmes, Executive Director, Maine Equal Justice Partners.

Sponsored by the Muskie School of Public Service Board of Visitors


 

 

Cutler Institute awarded $600,000 to help youth raised in foster system

Marty Zanghi

USM's Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy has been awarded a $600,000 grant to help young people raised in Maine's foster system to prepare for college and the workforce.

The money comes from the Annie E. Casey Foundation as part of a $5.4 million national effort aimed at youth who are homeless or in either the foster care or juvenile justice systems.

"Many of these young people have suffered abuse or trauma and were raised in poverty and neglect," said Marty Zanghi, the Cutler Center's youth development director.

The money -- including an expected $400,000 more in matching funds -- will pay for contracted work with agencies in the target areas, starting with the greater Portland area and Penobscot, Kennebec and Somerset counties.

Nationally and in Maine, only about 3 percent of people who grow up in the foster care system achieve a college degree, he said.

"It's dramatically lower than the rate for the general population," Zanghi said. "It's a horrible outcome."

It doesn't have to be that way, though.

"There are young people that overcome these circumstances," he said. "I know people who have master's degrees and Ph.Ds."

The Casey Foundation's national effort is being called the "Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential" (LEAP) initiative.

The initiative is working on partnerships in Maine and nine other areas: Alaska, Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and New York. In each case, people will adapt two evidence-based models to meet the needs of these youth, including support to address the trauma they may have experienced in their lives.

In Maine, the work will include a pair of successful programs, Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG) and Jobs for the Future. Results will be carefully tracked, Zanghi said.

After the first year, the program is expected to grow.

"Eventually, the additional help will be available to all children, 14 and over, in the foster care system in the state of Maine," Zanghi said.

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