Happy 2018! We took a break over the holidays to restore ourselves and connect with family and community and hope you did, too. Health care advocates deserved time to celebrate and reflect after achieving monumental success in preventing the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and drastic cuts to Medicaid in 2017.
"We cannot be a country that believes in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness if people do not have access to health care. Where is the liberty when you are chained to the fear that if one of your children gets sick you may not be able to afford to take care of them?" Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, at the 23rd Annual Health Action Conference.
Members of Congress and the Trump Administration have frequently proposed measures that would eliminate or undermine essential health benefits (EHBs) established by the Affordable Care Act.
This means getting rid of a core protection for people with pre-existing conditions. And it would have devastating consequences for millions of people.
Weakening or eliminating the EHB requirements would leave millions without any affordable health care options, forcing them to pay out of pocket for needed care or go without care all together.
Yesterday, the Trump administration told insurers and regulators in Idaho that they cannot sell health plans that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act. This is the first recognition from the administration that the ACA remains the law of the land.
As evidence piles up on how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is helping millions of Americans obtain health care, new data offer encouraging evidence that women of color are reaping the benefits of the ACA—enjoying more reliable access to health care and less trouble affording the care they need.
In May, the Obama administration released new regulations that prohibit discrimination by health plans, health facilities, and health care programs. The rules implement Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, and build upon existing civil rights law. One important feature of this provision is that individuals who believe they have suffered discrimination when seeking health care can take action.
Today’s headlines were about Congress turning its attention to tax reform, but there’s still some critical health care business to take care of. Congress needs to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Community Health Center Fund (CHCF) and do it ASAP, before both lapse on September 30th. The health and health care of millions depend on it.
Getting this done should not be hard. Both the CHIP program and community health centers have enjoyed strong bipartisan support, and with good reason. Both make our health system better.
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
As stewards in educating, equipping, and empowering members of their communities, faith leaders have the unique opportunity to educate their congregants about the new health insurance options available through the marketplace. Because they value health, justice, and equity, faith leaders can be critical sources of information about the Affordable Care Act, which could have a far-reaching impact on millions of Americans—many of whom sit in pews on a weekly basis.
The New and Enhanced Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards Will Help Eliminate Disparities in Health and Health Care
This April, the Office of Minority Health at the Department of Health and Human Services released the enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care. With implementation of the Affordable Care Act in full swing and growing interest in improving the delivery of care and addressing health care costs, these standards will serve as a critical guide to developing policies and strategies that improve the quality of health care services and meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population.