August 22, 2016

1. In the Nation: Change to PACE Program Draws Interests, Concerns
A rule change in a federal government program designed to keep the aging population out of expensive nursing homes has sharply increased in popularity among businesses who see an opportunity for big profit. The sudden interest in the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) centers, which can now be owned and operated by for-profit companies and investors, has advocates concerned that service and quality of life will decrease for the elderly in the name of protecting profits.

2. In the State: Ending Welfare As We Knew It
August 22nd will mark the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA). While passage of the law represented a fundamental shift in welfare policy, ending the entitlement of poor families and children to aid, welfare reform had heated up in Ohio a year earlier with the passage of Ohio House Bill 167. In this latest Issue Brief, Executive Director John Corlett and former CCS Research Fellow Rose Frech examine the effects of these policies and ask stakeholders how they feel the laws are working today. Download the report here.

3. In the Region: New Bike Lane Connects Towpath Trail to Downtown Akron
Civic leaders unveiled a new section of "iTowpath," a project that will connect bikers and hikers to Akron assets, as well as provide a safer and better experience for those on the Towpath Trail who are traveling through Summit County. Renovated underpasses, better signage, and enhanced lane markers for bicyclists highlight the changes, which city boosters hope will enhance the economic and community impact of residents and visitors who currently traverse the Towpath Trail.

4. At Community Solutions: Preparing for the State Budget: OBM Releases Guidance
On July 20, 2016, the Office of Budget and Management (OBM) released guidance for the 2018 and 2019 Operating Budget. In the coming months, state agencies will develop budget requests based on policy and programs they would like maintained and implemented. These requests will highlight agencies' current work to date while also adding future initiatives, prioritizing funding across programs and not line items. In other words, the newly released guidance serves as an initial roadmap for executive agencies' priorities and gives us a picture of the upcoming budget process. In her first blog, Public Policy Associate Brie Lusheck analyzes this process and what to expect.

5. This Week's Featured Infographic: How is TANF doing, 20 Years Later?
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program, and since its passage, it has weakened as a safety net for poor families. This week's infographic was created by Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and it shows that most poor families are not getting the assistance they need, and about one-third of TANF funding in Ohio is not used to support poor families. Spread the word on your social media channels using #TANFat20.

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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 also focus on the following policies: 

  • Strengthening the Health and Human Services Safety Net
  • Medicaid
  • Safety, Health, and Economic Wellbeing of Older Adults  
  • Improving Maternal and Infant Health
  • Improving Access to Behavioral Health Services
  • Adolescent Reproductive Health Education