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Bipartisan bill to address social determinants of health introduced in House

The Social Determinants Accelerator Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation introduced in the House of Representatives this week, seeks to improve health outcomes by addressing social determinants of health. Specifically, the bill would establish a federal grant program to empower states and local governments to tackle persistent economic and social conditions, such as limited access to healthcare providers, stable housing, reliable transportation and healthy foods, that often hinder health outcomes. A one-pager and section-by-section review of the bill is available online.

Hospitals and health systems across New York are increasingly deploying SDH strategies to help manage costs and improve health outcomes. HANYS supports the legislation and is encouraging members of the New York delegation to sign on as cosponsors. Contact: Elyse Oveson

Published July 26, 2019