October 20, 2014

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1. In the Nation: High Deductibles Make Insurance too Expensive for Some Newly Insured
The Affordable Care Act made health insurance much more accessible for millions of people, but some newly insured are finding that the deductibles, the amount a person has to pay out-of-pocket for their health care before the insurer pays for care, are too high. Research has found that the average deductible for the least expensive plans sold in the health insurance marketplace was $5,081 for an individual and $10,386 for a family. Insurers say that high deductibles are necessary to keep the monthly premiums affordable. This dynamic has proved to be a struggle for people when they want to access health care, because the out-of-pocket costs are too high.

2. In the State: Minimum Wage Jobs No Longer Cover the Cost of College
Decades ago, the money earned by a college student at a minimum wage job covered the costs of tuition and room and board at Ohio’s public universities by working 10 hours a week during the school year and full-time during breaks. This is no longer the case, “in part because the minimum wage has not kept up with inflation, and -- even more so -- because the cost of college has out-paced inflation by double.”

3. In the Region: Ashtabula County Tackles Drug Problem with Opiate Summit
More than two-thirds of the people who attended the Choices for the Road Ahead: 2014 Ashtabula County Opiate Summit said they know someone who is addicted to drugs. Sponsored by the Ashtabula County Prevention Coalition and Ashtabula County Mental Health Recovery Board, the all-day event was designed to address the county’s drug problem. In attendance were counselors, prosecutors, judges, law-enforcement personnel, social workers, a pharmacist and business leaders.

4. At Community Solutions: Cuyahoga Leaders Offer Advice to Candidates for County Executive
In an effort to inform, advise, and encourage candidates for Cuyahoga County Executive, Community Solutions released Dear County Executive, a collection of letters from community leaders that highlight topics that are pervasive and important—health, workforce development, transportation, meeting the needs of our most vulnerable citizens, and many more. The letters address the needs of the young, the elderly, and everyone in between. Some offer specific recommendations on how to improve Cuyahoga County’s health, social, and economic conditions—while others draw attention to critical issues that may not yet be on the radar screen. Read "Dear County Executive" here.

5. This Week's CCS Infographic: The Value of $100
One hundred dollars goes further in some places than in others. Ohio’s metro areas measure up well—compared to the average purchasing power in the United States, the relative value of $100 in Cleveland is $112.11; in Columbus, $106.61; and in Cincinnati, $109.29.


Source: http://taxfoundation.org/blog/real-value-100-metropolitan-areas (interactive map available)

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What We Do

A nonprofit, non-partisan think tank, The Center for Community Solutions focuses on solutions to health, social and economic issues.

We help the people who help people -- human service professionals, civic leaders, and public officials. Our applied research, policy analysis, and non-partisan advocacy are what set us apart. With offices in Cleveland and Columbus, we identify, analyze, and explain key health, social, and economic data and issues, and propose non-partisan solutions to improve the lives of Ohioans. In addition to keeping an eye on emerging issues, we focus on five priorities. They include: 

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