Explains how reference pricing programs, when implemented in consumer-friendly ways, can minimize price variation and encourage consumers to shop for care based on price and quality.
As part of their tax obligation to provide benefits to the community beyond hospital care, nonprofit hospitals can fund oral health initiatives such as community dental clinics, mobile dental services, vouchers for dental care and oral health advocacy coalitions in the communities they serve. In this issue brief we explain how to advocate for such initiatives.
Although the Affordable Care Act now offers individuals greatly expanded access to health coverage, simply having an insurance card does not guarantee access to high-quality health care.
Congressional proposals to cut and cap Medicaid will put enormous pressure on states to cut services – and will make it nearly impossible for states that now have gaps in their coverage to ever catch up. The struggle to provide oral health care illustrates this problem. Currently, all states must provide oral health care for children, but oral health coverage for adults including seniors and people with disabilities is optional for states.
Recent actions by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) represent an encouraging recognition–by one of the biggest payers of health care in the nation—that one-size-fits all payment reforms do not benefit everyone equally.
And they raise the question of whether some of these pay-for-performance programs should be adjusted to better address racial and ethnic health disparities.
Families USA and the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) have produced a new series of consumer guides to help patients and clinicians focus on which tests or treatments to choose when several reasonable options exist.
Today, Families USA issues a call to action in support of Health Reform 2.0 – a series of 19 specific proposals to improve health care for everyone in our nation. In the years ahead, we will build support for those proposals to hasten their adoption.
The timing for our proposals is challenging—many of you might reasonably wonder, at a point when the Affordable Care Act faces one of its most fundamental threats, is this the time to be thinking about the future of health care? Our answer is, “yes.”
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.
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.
The House Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and cut the Medicaid program would cause immediate and critical problems for American Indian and Alaska Native peoples. Repeal would take funding away from federally recognized tribes and tribal organizations that now provide comprehensive health services in Alaska.