If you had $56 million to improve the health of DC residents, how would you spend it? The DC government recently faced the same question, and they are about to develop a plan to take advantage of just such an opportunity, with plenty of outside help. The money reflects the District’s determination that CareFirst, a nonprofit health insurer, had an excess surplus that it needs to invest in community health initiatives. In June, the city’s Insurance Commissioner announced that his agency would develop a plan to spend the $56 million excess surplus, after CareFirst failed to come up with an adequate plan on its own. This is an extraordinary opportunity to improve the health of DC residents, and there are many great ideas out there that would have an immediate and lasting impact on their wellbeing.
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