The State Innovation Model (SIM) grant program gives states funding and technical assistance to design and test new ways to provide and pay for health care. This brief examines the six states that received Round 1 SIM Testing grants to identify best practices for consumer advocate engagement.
This guide explains how to interpret health insurers’ annual statements. This knowledge can be helpful to advocates who are challenging rate increases during the rate review process.
Several states are still considering expanding their Medicaid programs, and many will use Medicaid waivers for these expansions. This guide tells advocates when and how they can engage in the Medicaid waiver process.
When states don’t extend Medicaid, Americans are hit the hardest. Our brief compares two neighboring states, Missouri and Iowa. Iowa has extended Medicaid coverage, but Missouri has not.
In communities of color, where rates of uninsurance and poor health outcomes are higher than in white communities, the differences between those who have insurance and those who lack it are stark.
By creating a story bank, organizations can share personal stories that illustrate how their issues affect real people. Our toolkit describes the major steps involved in setting up and operating an effective story bank.
We’ve examined data from 22 states showing that working adults make up the majority of those who could benefit if states expanded Medicaid. View our new infographic and issue brief about the top occupations of the working but uninsured residents in Idaho.
Both a call to action and a roadmap for progress, Families USA’s latest report, Health Reform 2.0 lays out a path for securing high-quality, affordable health care to all Americans—regardless of income, age, race, or ethnicity—and for achieving the “Triple Aim”: improving health, enhancing quality of care, and reducing health care costs.
By partnering with health insurance companies, enrollment assisters gain access to plan information and health literacy resources. Assisters can more easily obtain answers to consumer questions about the marketplace plans available to them and troubleshoot consumer problems.
When health plans design their provider networks, they need to ensure that these networks are adequate and provide meaningful access to care. The Affordable Care Act established the first-ever federal rights guaranteeing private insurance consumers access to adequate networks.