Discusses how the Affordable Care Act improves or creates multiple programs that will help caregivers and the seniors and people with disabilities they care for.
The people's response to Governor Scott Walker's "budget repair bill" is a poignant reminder to each of us to engage in the broader debate about where we are headed as a country. Should not our first priority be the welfare of hard-working American families? Isn't it they who have disproportionately suffered from the struggling economy, rising health care costs, and corporate irresponsibility?
Two years ago, President Obama signed the Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA), which extended the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and provided much-needed resources to help states enroll eligible children. CHIP, along with Medicaid, provides health coverage for children in low- and moderate-income families.
Protecting Seniors and People with Disabilities: Why It Is Important to Preserve the Maintenance of Effort Requirement in the Affordable Care Act
Discusses how stripping the maintenance of effort requirement from the Affordable Care Act will negatively affect Medicaid enrollees, their families, and their state economies.
I was at a national conference of health care policy experts and advocates last month when the morning’s plenary speaker, Cindy Mann, Medicaid Director for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, posed that ominous question. “Uh-oh. What have we done this time?”, I wondered, as I tentatively lifted my hand. But this time, Oklahoma was being singled out for major praise, not ridicule
Thanksgiving is a holiday where Americans gather together with their family and friends and, as the name implies, give thanks for everything they have. With the recession, it’s been difficult for many families to find the silver lining. Millions of hard-working Americans have been laid off, losing their income as well as health care benefits for themselves and their families.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, help is on the way; and not just for families who have fallen on hard times, but also for the neediest among us who have been neglected for years.
Immediately after the 2010 elections, with an eye towards a possible run for president, Texas Governor Rick Perry suggested that his state should consider dropping the Medicaid program. While this suggestion may endear him to conservative activists in his party, implementing this idea would cause huge problems for Texas and its many citizens who rely on Medicaid for their health lifeline. The same would be true in any other state that dropped the program.
Just last month, legislation was signed in California that created the state’s insurance exchange, making California the first state to establish an insurance exchange since the Affordable Care Act passed! If that wasn’t enough good news for you, we just heard more good news from the Golden State this week: On Tuesday, the federal government approved a five-year, $10 billion dollar “Bridge to Reform” plan to expand and improve California’s Medicaid program.
In a nutshell, California’s Bridge to Reform plan will:
The most significant improvements to the quality and safety of long-term care in the last 20 years were included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). But few people are aware of these changes because they have been overshadowed by all the controversy and misinformation that has surrounded the enactment of the comprehensive health reform law. Simply put, these provisions will improve the lives of millions of seniors and people with disabilities—and they deserve attention.
Learn what express lane eligibility means for children's health coverage and how it can help states identify uninsured children who could benefit from state programs like CHIP and Medicaid.