I was at a national conference of health care policy experts and advocates last month when the morning’s plenary speaker, Cindy Mann, Medicaid Director for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, posed that ominous question. “Uh-oh. What have we done this time?”, I wondered, as I tentatively lifted my hand. But this time, Oklahoma was being singled out for major praise, not ridicule
Thanksgiving is a holiday where Americans gather together with their family and friends and, as the name implies, give thanks for everything they have. With the recession, it’s been difficult for many families to find the silver lining. Millions of hard-working Americans have been laid off, losing their income as well as health care benefits for themselves and their families.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, help is on the way; and not just for families who have fallen on hard times, but also for the neediest among us who have been neglected for years.
Immediately after the 2010 elections, with an eye towards a possible run for president, Texas Governor Rick Perry suggested that his state should consider dropping the Medicaid program. While this suggestion may endear him to conservative activists in his party, implementing this idea would cause huge problems for Texas and its many citizens who rely on Medicaid for their health lifeline. The same would be true in any other state that dropped the program.
Just last month, legislation was signed in California that created the state’s insurance exchange, making California the first state to establish an insurance exchange since the Affordable Care Act passed! If that wasn’t enough good news for you, we just heard more good news from the Golden State this week: On Tuesday, the federal government approved a five-year, $10 billion dollar “Bridge to Reform” plan to expand and improve California’s Medicaid program.
In a nutshell, California’s Bridge to Reform plan will:
The most significant improvements to the quality and safety of long-term care in the last 20 years were included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). But few people are aware of these changes because they have been overshadowed by all the controversy and misinformation that has surrounded the enactment of the comprehensive health reform law. Simply put, these provisions will improve the lives of millions of seniors and people with disabilities—and they deserve attention.
Learn what express lane eligibility means for children's health coverage and how it can help states identify uninsured children who could benefit from state programs like CHIP and Medicaid.
Explains why the Affordable Care Act's historic Medicaid expansion is instrumental to health reform and all of the benefits it will offer to low-income Americans.
Explains why we shouldn't cut long-term care for America's seniors and discusses the new consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act's for Americans who need long-term care.
Is it too much to ask for our kids to be healthy and receive the education they deserve? I guess for some people the answer is yes.
According to an article from The Hill, Governor Dave Heineman is backing school administrators into a corner by pitting education against health in an effort to stop Medicaid expansions.
Explores the many ways the Affordable Care Act helps eliminate health disparities by improving access to health care for communities of color.