“The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) enthusiastically supports the Leveraging Integrated Networks in Communities (LINC) to Address Social Needs Act and urges its swift adoption by Congress. This legislation not only makes critical investments in multi-sector coordination and collaboration to address the social determinants of health but also takes the important step of welcoming community-based organizations into the fold. These organizations have the knowledge and relationships that are critical to implement solutions that the LINC structure can advance.” – Julia Ryan, Vice President, Health Initiatives, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
“Access, coverage and quality only matter when we break down barriers to care and address the social factors influencing health care delivery,” said John Lovelace, President of UPMC for You and of Government Programs and Individual Advantage Products for UPMC Health Plan, “By providing states with the right tools to connect health with human services, the LINC Act will help deliver meaningful, measurable improvements in communities impacted by longstanding health care inequities and disparities.”
“Our surroundings have a deep impact on our health, which is why we need to better coordinate care and community resources across health and social services providers to improve overall health and advance health equity,” said Justine Handelman, senior vice president of the Office of Policy and Representation for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. “We strongly support the LINC to Address Social Needs Act, which will help to catalyze additional coordination and break down barriers to care.”
Signify Health applauds Senators Sullivan (AK) and Murphy (CT) for introducing the Leveraging Integrated Networks in Communities (LINC) to Address Social Needs Act. This legislation would establish statewide or regional partnerships to better coordinate health and social care services while leveraging innovative technology to connect people to their local resources for food, housing, transportation and other support programs. As a company that enables outcomes-focused networks to address social determinants of health, we believe this legislation is an important step to closing gaps in care and overcoming care coordination barriers.
“Research increasingly points to the important role of the social determinants of health, or the conditions in the places people live, learn, work, and play, which affect approximately 80 percent of patient health outcomes. While it is critical to recognize and understand the impact of social determinants of health, it’s even more important to develop solutions to address these key factors,” said American Medical Association President Susan R. Bailey, M.D. “The AMA applauds Senators Sullivan and Murphy for introducing the Leveraging Integrated Networks in Communities (LINC) to Address Social Needs Act as it develops actionable solutions via grants and public-private partnerships to better connect physicians and other health care providers to social services organizations that help patients overcome long standing challenges associated with social determinants of health.”
“It is more important now than ever, in the face of nationwide COVID-19 related health and social challenges, that we make critical investments in child and family health,” said Kara Odom Walker, MD, MPH, MSHS, EVP, the Chief Population Health Officer at Nemours Children’s Health System. “The LINC to Address Social Needs Act would make such an investment in technology infrastructure to connect health care and community social service organizations, addressing the growing need for whole-child and whole-family care.”
“Advancing value-based payment in health care, which is sorely needed, will require addressing patients’ housing, transportation and nutrition needs. The LINC Act takes important steps to integrate important social services and health care, which has been separated for far too long. NAACOS is proud to support this legislation.” – Clif Gaus, Sc.D, president and CEO of the National Association of ACOs
“LINC addresses the crucial need to finance local infrastructure for the health-social service ecosystem, under the key condition that it be built and governed to reflect the public-private partnerships we will need to make genuine SDOH progress in our diverse country.” – Len M. Nichols, Professor Emeritus, George Mason University