The Trump Administration wants to turn back the clock on protections for health care consumers established by the Affordable Care Act. This latest act of sabotage on the health law came in the form of a proposed rule released this week by the Department of Health and Human Services. The proposed rule would make it legal to sell “short-term insurance” plans for long periods of time that do not comply with the ACA’s consumer protections.
Along with celebrating Black History Month, Valentine’s Day and the Lunar New Year this February, we are also elevating kid’s oral health for Children’s Dental Health Month! There is a lot to celebrate when funding for CHIP was extended for the next 10 years, and here’s why the Oral Health For All team at Families USA is stoked!
While it may seem that Congress has moved on from its reckless quest to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicaid, many lawmakers are not giving up.
It’s important that we remind members of Congress that we’re watching them and will mobilize to defend health care.
Many state legislatures are passing the midpoint for 2018 sessions, and trends are emerging in their efforts to tackle health care affordability and coverage. States are also reacting to federal activity around Medicaid and private market coverage including the repeal of the individual mandate. Below are some of the noteworthy state health legislative measures already moving this year.
Earlier this week, the Trump Administration released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2019. This is the president’s first full budget proposal since taking office and it outlines the administration’s vision for the future. Although the budget proposal is non-binding and many elements need congressional approval for enactment, the administration can implement some of these policies on its own, through regulations, executive orders, and guidance. This is an eye-opening and chilling road map for where the administration wants to take health care for families and children.
The budget agreement Congress passed in the wee hours of the morning includes more good news for the 9 million children who rely on the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for their health coverage.
The Trump Administration has begun to allow states to include work requirements in their Medicaid programs through waivers. Work requirements don’t help better deliver care to people with Medicaid coverage, and are impermissible under Medicaid law.
As a matter of policy, work requirements won’t help unemployed low-income people find and keep jobs.
A new study released by Senior Fellow Stan Dorn and others serves as a reminder that vigorous federal and state action can use the tools created by the ACA to help laid-off workers get health coverage.
Listen to our webinar on on how state advocates can address Medicaid waiver proposals that include work requirements and other restrictions, as well as tools available for state advocates to address similar proposals.
To protect their residents, some states are considering using their own income tax systems to replace the federal government’s enforcement of the individual mandate. But another approach under consideration in Maryland would both prevent the harm forecast by CBO while taking new steps to insure families who would otherwise remain without coverage.
Not only would Maryland’s approach increase coverage, newly insured young and healthy residents would improve the overall risk pool, stabilizing markets and lowering premiums for numerous insured residents who buy individual coverage.