Recently, the state of Wisconsin submitted an application to the federal government seeking Medicaid waiver authority to make drug testing a condition of eligibility for the state’s adult Medicaid program--BadgerCare. This request breaks dangerous new ground; drug testing has never been allowed as part of the application process in the Medicaid program. That’s because it is illegal, it will make it harder for everyone applying for Medicaid, and it will hurt rather than help those with substance use disorders.
On December 1, Families USA partnered with First Focus to give congressional staff the opportunity to hear how states are handling the unprecedented delay in funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program.
Joan Alker - Executive Director, Georgetown Center for Children and Families
Maureen Hensley-Quinn - Senior Program Director, NASHP
Moderator: Frederick Isasi - Executive Director, Families USA
If the state and local tax deduction (“SALT deduction”) is eliminated or greatly reduced, it could spell big state Medicaid cuts. Here’s why the state and local tax deduction matters for Medicaid:
If funding for CHIP is not renewed, as many as 2 million kids may lose the health coverage that they have today. Our infographic and resource page has materials about the benefits of CHIP to help advocates make the case for Congress to renew funding.
One of the most destructive ways the tax bill attacks health care has gotten the least attention.
In addition to kicking people off coverage by repealing the individual mandate and setting the stage for huge funding cuts down the road because of the ballooning deficit, the tax bill will sap states’ ability to fund vital health care programs.
Advocacy can make a significant difference in ensuring that everyone has access to coverage, care, and improved health. You and your organization can play a vital role in educating public officials about issues important to health care consumers.
The goal of this toolkit is to help people new to advocacy. It will give you the knowledge and tactics you need to be an effective advocate.
Republicans in Congress are rushing through a tax plan that repeals a key provision of the Affordable Care Act: the individual mandate. But even if lawmakers drop the repeal of the individual mandate from the final tax package, tax reform will lead to huge cuts to health care. Health care consumers and their advocates thus need to pay careful attention to the tax debate.
Blueprint for Health Care Advocacy: How Community Health Workers Are Driving Health Equity and Value in New Mexico
Across the health care system, there is tremendous interest and momentum in reforming the way health care is delivered and paid for in order to improve health care quality and outcomes and at the same time, reduce costs. These reform efforts create an enormous opportunity to improve resources, infrastructure, and incentives for interventions to meaningfully reduce racial and ethnic health disparities. Yet, if these reforms are not designed and implemented carefully, they could actually end up making these disparities worse.
Senator Murkowski just endorsed a policy that would repeal the Affordable Care Act coverage for 13 million people. Unfortunately, in addition to causing millions to lose coverage, this policy will make premiums go higher, not lower.
The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual-coverage requirement—often called the "individual mandate"—makes it possible to ban health insurance companies from discriminating against people with preexisting conditions while keeping insurance markets stable and functional.