Learn about the new 2016 federal poverty guidelines for people living in the 48 contiguous states or the District of Columbia, as well as Alaska and Hawaii. The 2015 guidelines are also included for reference.
States that have expanded Medicaid are doing more to help working residents than states that choose not to expand Medicaid. In 2014, the first year of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, the percent of people who were working but had no health insurance dropped by nearly twice as much across states that expanded Medicaid as it did across states that did not expand.
A set of principles laying out Families USA’s vision for health system transformation that achieves the triple aim of better care, lower cost, and better health. Health care stakeholders can use these to inform policy decisions.
The road that a policy idea must travel before it becomes a federal law can be long and winding. This infographic shows the steps that nearly every bill takes on its journey to the president’s desk. For more on the federal legislative process, read this step-by-step overview of how an idea becomes a law, with information about opportunities for the public to get involved.
Families USA and the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) have produced a new series of consumer guides to help patients and clinicians focus on which tests or treatments to choose when several reasonable options exist.
Get ready for the new year and the last stretch of open enrollment. Here is a roundup of the top five resources for enrollment assisters.
Beginning in 2017, the Affordable Care Act permits states to apply for waivers to begin experimenting with strategies to provide residents with access to high-quality, affordable health insurance. Known as 1332 state innovation waivers, these waivers can be an important vehicle for the next round of state improvements in health care.
While these waivers are related to private health insurance, there are several ways these waivers could affect Medicaid and CHIP coverage. This analysis describes how new federal guidance on these waivers provides some guardrails designed to protect the Medicaid and CHIP populations.
These infographics illustrate how health insurance helps address health disparities affecting racial and ethnic minorities.
African Americans are more likely to have certain health problems than whites. Finding and treating these problems early can make a huge difference. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, most health insurance plans must cover preventive services for free.