Most analyses of Senate health care repeal bills have rightly focused on the damage those bills would cause for people’s coverage and care, consumer protections, and state budgets. However, an additional concern is that Senate health legislation would give the Trump Administration extraordinary power over state budgets, providing leverage that could be used to shape state policy on a broad range of issues.
The budget fight is sure to heat up in the next couple of months in what seems like a never-ending battle between the President and Congress. So what’s at stake? Many lawmakers want to see large cuts to a range of health care programs—many of which reduce health disparities and provide vital services to millions of people of color. Such cuts would exact a heavy toll on the health of communities of color and only worsen racial inequities in health.
Today, we’re kicking off an occasional series of posts that will focus on the intersection of health and technology. Over the coming months, we’ll explore ways in which technology is helping to improve the way that doctors and other providers deliver health care to their patients.
In this first post, we’re going to explore how telemedicine can be used to increase access to specialist care. In future posts, we’ll explore topics that range from pills with sensors that track when they have been swallowed to electronic health records.
Just as with earlier versions, the latest iteration of the Senate's Affordable Care Act repeal bill would devastate insurance coverage, gut the Medicaid program, and dramatically increase deductibles and out of pocket costs.
New additions include fewer protections for those with pre-existing conditions, a complete restructuring of Medicaid, and more. Read our analysis to learn more.
President Trump’s ACA Changes Will Increase Costs to Consumers, Make It Harder to Enroll in Coverage
Yesterday, despite overwhelming opposition from consumers and a variety of other stakeholders, the Trump Administration finalized proposed changes to the individual health insurance market for 2018 that will increase costs for consumers, reduce financial assistance to help consumers afford coverage, and make it harder for people to enroll in coverage through the marketplaces.
In its first regulatory act, the Trump Administration has laid the groundwork to ensure that “TrumpCare” will cost consumers drastically more, if they are able to sign up for health insurance at all. This tips the balance in favor of insurers at the expense of consumer protections.
With the ongoing shift from volume to value in today’s health care environment, providers are increasingly focusing on the need to involve the patient at all points of the health care continuum. Increasingly, health insurance programs (public and private) and health care providers are adding patient-reported outcome (PRO) measures, in addition to the clinical aspects of measuring health and treatment options, to improve the quality and effectiveness of the care that patients receive.
Last week, hundreds of state and national advocates gathered for Families USA’s annual Health Action conference in Washington, DC. For three days, advocates attended a variety of workshops and plenary sessions that covered everything from the Medicaid expansion to the federal budget, and many topics in between.
Senate Republican Leadership and the Trump Administration are Presenting Impossible Numbers on Stabilization Funding and Medicaid Expansion
The Senate health bill ends the Medicaid expansion for adults starting in 2021, leaving 11 million residents across 31 states without health care.
The bill allows people with incomes below poverty to buy coverage on the marketplace, but for someone living at or below the poverty level, marketplace coverage would mean massive exposure to out-of-pocket costs that could total half their yearly income, or more.