Nothing about high-deductible plans makes health care more affordable for families. While the Republicans have yet to agree on how they propose to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), one thing is clear—whatever they pursue will push more families into high-deductible plans. Every single replacement plan put forth so far would very likely increase deductibles for millions of people.
Maryann, a cancer survivor from California, explains the difference that access to affordable health insurance through the Affordable Care Act has made in her life:
"Cancer is horrible. If you’ve never had to go through it, you can’t imagine what it does to you — physically, mentally, emotionally. The stress and scariness are unimaginable.
But one thing I did not have to stress about: Health insurance. In 2014, I purchased a plan through Covered California. My plan has carried me through my treatments."
Last night, news broke that the Trump administration has stopped advertising and outreach for the final few days of the fourth open enrollment period. Even though the ads have stopped, the open enrollment period has not stopped. It is critical that consumers hear loud and clear that they can still enroll in coverage through January 31, 2017 and that they can get free local in-person assistance.
Planned Parenthood provides essential health care services to 2.7 million women, men, and young people across the country, the large majority of whom have low incomes or live in underserved communities. Recent efforts at the federal and state levels to defund this critical provider would jeopardize access to comprehensive health care for millions of Americans.
Beside the threat posed by Republican plans to repeal the federal health reform law, there’s another threat to the Affordable Care Act looming in February. A legal case, House v. Burwell, now before the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, challenges part of the ACA that gives people financial assistance to pay for health insurance.
Interview with Families USA's Story Bank Coordinator, Cate Bonacini: For over five years, Cate has been talking to consumers about their health care, helping to build and now manage Families USA’s story bank. That means spending hours on the phone talking to people about accessing and affording their health care and health coverage. In this Q&A, Cate talks about what she's been hearing since the 2016 election.
Join Families USA for a post-election webinar to discuss what the election results mean for health advocacy priorities in 2017 and beyond.
You'll hear from Families USA’s government affairs, policy, and campaign strategy experts sharing our immediate reaction to the election results and our analysis of the implications for health advocacy.
We will then describe our health advocacy priorities for our new president and members of Congress.
The uninsured rate is at an all-time low, as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made it possible for 20 million, and counting, to get covered and stay covered. Yet premium increases raise real concerns about the affordability of marketplace coverage in the 2017 plan year.
While the headlines focus on the areas of the country with the steepest increases, most consumers will not feel the hit of high premiums personally. Here are four reasons why
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.