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  • At HCM we strive to make life better for patients with chronic diseases and conditions. A patient–focused approach to policy is central to the health team mission, and has driven our work since the inception of the firm in 2008. This mission is also an intensely personal one; four of our team members live with ... [more]

  • Monsters University: A Scary Good School

    In the summer of 2013, Walt Disney Studios released the Pixar produced animated movie Monsters University. In this prequel to Monsters, Inc., we learn how our favorite monsters, Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan (“Sulley”), met as scare majors at the prestigious Monsters University, became best friends and landed jobs at Monsters, Inc. We also get ... [more]

  • Rubio and Reform

    The choice to pursue a higher education often comes with a large bill–and for many, that bill just keeps getting bigger. As tuition continues to rise, so does student loan debt. In 2012, the average student owed more than $24,000 in loans. But students across the country have faced anywhere between $54,000 to $200,000 in ... [more]

  • I am thrilled about the announcement that the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is moving its Paralysis Resource Center to the Administration on Community Living (ACL). It will make such a big difference for people with limited mobility. To understand why this is such a big deal, let’s back up a little: The last thing ... [more]

  • College Affordability and Innovation

    Last week, Senators Chris Murphy, Brian Schatz, Patty Murray and Bernie Sanders introduced the College Affordability and Innovation Act of 2014. The legislation encourages institutions of higher education to create more affordable degree programs for American students. The bill also requires that institutions maintain a minimum level of access in order to participate in federal ... [more]

  • Congress, Budgets and Band-aids

    Last month, Congress reached an agreement on a $1.1 trillion budget for 2014. The agreement is a refreshing break from the partisan politics of 2013. The same Congress that shut down the government—and risked becoming the “least productive in history”—brokered a compromise. More than an end to partisan bickering, the omnibus was a victory for ... [more]

  • The New HCM Website

    HCM Strategists, celebrating five years in 2013, continues to improve how it aligns, advocates and advances effective solutions in health and education. Today, we are excited to announce the launch of the new HCM website, which complements other additions to our digital platform. Our redesigned website has many new features including this blog, where HCM ... [more]