Today, in a speech to the National Association of Medicaid Directors, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced that the Trump Administration is approving Medicaid waivers that impose work requirements on adults. These requirements are a deplorable break with decades of Medicaid policy, a threat to the one in five Americans who depend on the Medicaid program, and an abuse of the Medicaid waiver authority. This decision is wrong both on legal and policy grounds.
Last week, the administration issued its proposed “Notice of Benefits and Payment Parameters” rule to set standards for health insurance sold in the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces in 2019. These changes would undermine some core consumer protections under the Affordable Care Act. If this rule becomes final, it could damage health coverage and care for families in several ways. Here are five areas that raise concerns.
On Veterans Day, we honor the servicemen and servicewomen who have sacrificed for our country. A critical way lawmakers can do right by veterans is to ensure they have comprehensive health coverage.
There is a common misconception that all vets are covered under the Veterans Administration (VA) health plan, but only 40 percent of all veterans were enrolled in the VA in 2014. Millions of veterans—1 in 10—use Medicaid to either supplement VA coverage, or as their only source of health insurance.
While Congress delays extending CHIP funding, states are grappling with what they might do if the money doesn’t come soon. Utah announced that it would restrict eligibility benefits, while Minnesota sought to use unspent funds from other programs. In the coming weeks, more and more states will begin to announce what they will do.
Lost in the reporting about the political negotiations over CHIP is the impact this funding delay could have on the 9 million children on CHIP and their families.
Families USA’s Health Action 2018 conference will play a critical role in shaping the future direction of health care, and you really can’t afford to miss it! This year, we will be “Staying Strong for America’s Families”, as we continue to fight for quality, affordable health care for all. If you still haven’t registered, here are five reasons why you won’t want to miss Health Action 2018: