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.
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.
The health plan that House Speaker Paul Ryan released on June 22 would radically restructure and cut federal funding for Medicaid. Ryan calls his plan “A Better Way,” but it would be anything but better for states, patients, and health care providers.
Consumers have opportunities to enroll in health coverage 365 days a year, but many don’t know about it. Summer is an ideal time to find consumers who qualify for special enrollment periods (SEPs). Wedding season is in full swing, grad caps have been tossed, diplomas are in hand, and those all-nighters in the library finally paid off.
Despite a divided Congress in Washington, many state policymakers around the country, supported by advocates, reached across the aisle to make needed improvements to the health care system.
Governors, lawmakers, and regulators made strides to expand health coverage, protect consumers in the insurance market, and address rising prescription drug prices. Here are some of the highlights of the 2016 sessions through June 1 and the Families USA allies whose advocacy was critical to making them happen.
In addition to enrolling consumers in marketplace insurance, assisters can serve another valuable role: helping consumers register to vote. Applications for health coverage, whether through HealthCare.gov and state-based marketplaces, provide clients with access to voter registration, which makes it easy for assisters to help people register to vote. Here’s what assisters should know about voter registration and how they can help consumers navigate this process.