AHA-supported bill would help link patients with social needs to services

Sens. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., yesterday announced they will introduce the Leveraging Integrated Networks in Communities to Address Social Needs Act, AHA-supported legislation that would provide funding for states to create or enhance public-private partnerships to coordinate health and social services.

These state or regional partnerships would leverage local expertise and technology to help connect patients in need with food, housing, child development, job training, transportation or other social services.

The AHA is a member of Aligning for Health, a coalition that advocates for federal and state solutions to address the social determinants of health, which also supports the legislation.