When more than 300 advocates gathered at Families USA’s first annual health policy conference to discuss how to preserve and strengthen Medicaid, health reform was still a goal on the horizon. That was January 1996. Today, we’re gearing up for Families USA’s 20th Health Action Conference
After the most recent collapse of Senate efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many in Congress, on both sides of the aisle, see an opening for bipartisan health reform. Rather than take insurance away from tens of millions of Americans through sweeping legislation rushed through on a straight party-line vote, some lawmakers now propose to stabilize health insurance markets through careful, bipartisan policymaking.
To help people who currently receive health coverage through the individual insurance market, a well-constructed stabilization package could slow the rise of premiums, guarantee financial assistance, and increase the availability of meaningful health insurance options.
With House Republicans trying to revive their disastrous bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, it’s time to once again remind lawmakers that we are paying attention.
Opponents in Congress were unable to repeal the law because the American people - along with a bipartisan majority in Congress - want to keep the law’s protections and key components. Members of Congress must hear this simple message: Do not take away our care. Stop trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicaid. Move on.
Keeping and Using Health Coverage: Steps That Consumers Should Take after Enrolling in Health Insurance
Now that open enrollment has ended, enrollment assisters are turning to the next phase of their work: 1) Helping consumers who did not get enrolled by March 31 figure out whether they can still sign up for health insurance, and 2) helping consumers who did sign up learn how to use and keep their health insurance. To help enrollment assisters answer new questions from consumers, we’ve created four new factsheets.
With the election of Donald Trump, we are on the verge of witnessing something rarely seen in American history – a march backward in time.
A Republican Congress that has already voted more than 60 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will happily join in Trump’s call to guarantee that its repeal is one of the first acts of his presidency.
Congress has left D.C. for the summer without passing legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or cut Medicaid. Leadership and rank-and-file representatives and senators on both sides of the aisle appear to be looking past the repeal fight that has embattled Congress for the past year and looking ahead toward efforts to stabilize the insurance market. Are these overtures of bipartisanship to be believed? Are the ACA and Medicaid finally safe? As always, it’s complicated.
Proposed New Quality Rating Systems Will Allow Consumers to Rate Health Plans in the Health Insurance Marketplaces
Consumers will soon have a powerful new tool that allows them to use data to measure the quality of different health plans offered in their state’s health insurance marketplace. This tool is based on the new Quality Rating System (QRS) proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It is a notable step forward in the adoption of employing consumer-friendly data transparency practices to help individuals make data-driven, informed decisions about their health care choices.
This week every member of the House of Representatives will reveal where he or she stands on protecting the health coverage of 20+ million people across the country.
Last minute changes make the GOP repeal bill worse for low-income consumers, and better for the wealthiest. While millions will lose coverage, Republicans want to speed up tax cuts for the wealthy.