Communities of color, even once they have insurance, face barriers that can hinder access to those providers. Of those barriers, one of the most notable is the often limited availability of health care providers and facilities in communities of color. Today’s post outlines 10 tactics advocates can use to work with state and federal officials to help address these issues.
Conservative lawmakers opposed to the federal Medicaid program would like to dramatically change its structure (Speaker Ryan and other House Republicans have proposed major changes). Here's a roundup of Families USA resources that explain the real damage these proposals could have on people’s access to health care.
Read on for evidence to counter ideas popular with conservatives, like converting Medicaid into a block grant program or establishing per capita caps.
A new bill in Congress offers a vision for what Congress could achieve if it were truly committed to ending health disparities. In the current political environment, we don’t anticipate Congress will act any time soon on the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2016 (HEAA), sponsored by Rep. Robin Kelly of Illinois.
But in the meantime, health equity advocates can look to the HEAA for ideas about concrete policy solutions they could potentially pursue through other avenues, including state legislative or regulatory action.
West Virginians for Affordable Health Care (WVAHC) formed a coalition, called “The Bridge to the Middle Class,” to support positive reforms in the state’s Medicaid expansion and head off any threats to the program. In this Q&A, WVAHC's Executive Director Terri Giles talks about the work of the coalition, their educational toolkit materials, and the program’s successes.
For those of us engaged in the daily work of bending the arc of history toward justice, the last few weeks have pierced us to our core.
As health equity advocates, the very heart of our vocation is a shared belief that every single human being has the right to live a healthy life—a right that must be supported with resources and concrete action.
Exchange directors, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and insurers have an enormous opportunity to help consumers choose the plan that is right for them and make the enrollment process more efficient by improving the display of plan information on marketplace websites.
When people leave prison or jail, helping them get health care is critical to ensuring they reenter their communities as seamlessly as possible. To help connect this population to health coverage, both Maryland and New York are proposing innovative ideas that have not been pursued in any other state.
When people enter the criminal justice system, states can suspend their Medicaid coverage. This is smart policy that makes it easier for people leaving incarceration to obtain quick access to health care.
Learn how to encourage adoption of value-based insurance design (VBID) in our health insurance system. This guide explains options at both the federal and state level. Around the country, advocates working to improve the health outcomes and value that our health care system delivers are exploring ways to implement VBID.
Public and private health insurers can design health plans to promote the use of health care services and providers that offer the best health results, at the best price. Known as value-based insurance design, this approach can improve patients’ health and promote use of high value care.