Nothing about high-deductible plans makes health care more affordable for families. While the Republicans have yet to agree on how they propose to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), one thing is clear—whatever they pursue will push more families into high-deductible plans. Every single replacement plan put forth so far would very likely increase deductibles for millions of people.
Just days after the 2016 election, Families USA, along with national partners, launched the Protect Our Care coalition to mobilize advocates to fight to protect the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
This blog highlights just a few of the many powerful strategies and tactics that advocates in three states—Iowa, Alaska, and Virginia—are using to Protect Our Care. Families USA is engaging in intensive, targeted efforts in these states to preserve health coverage.
Despite the Trump administration’s attempts to undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA), millions of consumers signed up for a health insurance plan this open enrollment period.
While the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released only the enrollment numbers for people who live in states with a federally-facilitated marketplace (FFM), the numbers clearly show the demand for coverage. The data shows that 9.2 million people enrolled in health coverage in the fourth open enrollment period compared to 9.6 million people in the third open enrollment period. This speaks volumes, considering that nearly the entire length of the open enrollment period was filled with uncertainty over the future of the ACA.
Maggie C. of Louisville, Kentucky, worries that without the protections of the ACA she will be unable to afford life-saving treatment for her baby's heart condition.
Her story illustrates why Congress must build on and strengthen the ACA, not tear it down.
Former U.S. surgeon generals refer to oral disease as a “silent epidemic” affecting some of our most vulnerable citizens.
People who lack coverage for oral health care are likely to forego preventive care, get cavities, lose teeth, and suffer from periodontal disease. This can exacerbate other chronic and acute illnesses people may be experiencing.