Explains the new method of determining eligibility for Medicaid and CHIP, which now matches the method used for other health care programs and for calculating financial assistance with health insurance.
Shows the number of people in each state who have cancer, diabetes, chronic lung disease, or heart disease and who rely on Medicaid, including breakdowns by racial and ethnic group.
Shows the financial benefits of the Affordable Care Act for families in each state, including help people will get with paying premiums and new, more affordable health insurance options.
Highlights state efforts to protect consumers from unreasonable increases in health insurance premiums, including examples from 12 states.
Today, we received two updates on health insurance premiums. The Kaiser Family Foundation’s annual survey on health insurance looked back at the premiums insurers charged businesses and families in 2011, while the Office of Personnel Management looked ahead to 2012 and provided some important insight into the premiums large employers are negotiating with insurers for the coming year.
If you have insurance, you might not give a second thought to those without it. Think uninsurance doesn’t affect you? Think again. According to a new study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, when there are high uninsurance rates in a community, there are adverse effects for those who are insured.
The study, authored by researchers from the RAND Corporation and UCLA found that high rates of uninsurance affect those with insurance in the following ways:
Phyllis came to Capitol Hill to speak before the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging to answer a fundamental question posed in Chairman Bernie Sanders’s report, “Is Poverty a Death Sentence?” Joined by doctors who gave numerous accounts of patients who did not survive the broken health care system, Phyllis shared her own family’s story of putting off care until it was nearly too late.
With the economy still in a slump, the skyrocketing cost of health care places another burden on families already worried about paying the bills and finding jobs. But things don’t need to be this bad. Slowing the growth of health care costs would leave a hefty chunk of money in the bank accounts of families across the nation. Now, that’s something we all can appreciate.
During last Monday’s Republican presidential debate, the moderator asked Ron Paul if a man who didn’t have insurance slipped into a coma, should “society just let him die?” While Paul struggled to answer the question, several people in the audience can be heard cheering in favor of the moderator’s suggestion.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been making some important investments in the health of Americans. A few weeks ago, we told you that the HHS allocated $137 million to improve public health by helping Americans quit smoking and by reducing the spread of diseases across the country through the development and distribution of immunizations.