There wasn’t a dull moment at the 22nd annual Health Action conference. Whether you were in Washington, D.C., sharing in the action with us, or you weren’t able to make it this year, this list includes many of our favorite moments from #HA2017 to help you reminisce or see what you missed.
5:30 p.m.—We just heard from two leading thinkers in health policy debate some of the most pressing issues related to access to affordable health care in America.
In a wide-ranging discussion that covered everything from Medicaid policy to children’s benefits on the exchanges to the ACA’s subsidies, these two feisty policy wonks hashed out their visions for the future while reflecting on the past year.
The Senate Republicans finally released their bill to repeal the ACA. It is now evident why Senate leadership has attempted to withhold details of this bill from the public. This bill would only inflict more harm on people’s access to health care, compared to the House repeal bill that CBO estimated would strip coverage from 23 million people.
The bill would end the Medicaid expansion, allow states to eliminate essential health benefits and minimum coverage requirements, cut financial assistance for private coverage, instituted an age tax on premiums, and more. Our blog dives into each aspect of the bill and explains what it means for coverage.
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.
On the first day of Health Action 2016, members of Congress who advocate for affordable health care on Capitol Hill addressed the audience. We also heard from Cecile Richards. Speakers reminded us about the collective action that fueled the passage of the Affordable Care Act—and that this same type of collective action will be necessary to tackle the health care and coverage challenges that remain.
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Today, Medicaid faces unique threats, and these threats are happening largely below the radar screen. So far, we have succeeded in averting multiple attempts to erode Medicaid as we know it through federal legislation, but efforts to undermine coverage continue through legally questionable regulatory actions and destructive Medicaid waivers. These Medicaid waivers have the potential to have a profound impact on children, families, and their oral health coverage.
Families USA recognizes gun violence as a severe threat to the health of our nation. As an organization focused on health care, we have not engaged previously in the vigorous national debate on gun violence. We are entering that debate today because our nation is at a turning point.
Fed up with excuses for why policy makers cannot do anything to stop gun violence, Families USA--along with more than 170 state and national partners--are demanding action from Congress.
Update 12/20: Congress passed the tax plan and President Trump will sign it into law soon. Both the rushed, secretive process used to draft the bill and the bill itself are travesties.
The tax plan was written with such secrecy and speed that we probably won’t know all the details—and all the impact—for some time. But one thing is certain: If passed, it will gut health coverage for millions and set the stage for massive cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act.
The Families USA Health Action Team provides resources and consults on strategies for health care advocates around the country, working with our state and national partners. In this monthly blog, we’ll share news about our travels and progress on state policies.
While it may seem that Congress has moved on from its reckless quest to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicaid, many lawmakers are not giving up.
It’s important that we remind members of Congress that we’re watching them and will mobilize to defend health care.