Nearly 60 million seniors and disabled persons rely on the Medicare program – and only about one-third of them have any coverage for oral health care. The Medicare statute currently excludes coverage for almost all oral health care. As a result, people with Medicare coverage suffer the physical and financial consequences of untreated dental problems.
In late January, the Trump administration quietly announced two alarming new policies that will lead to more discrimination in health care: a change in Medicaid policy made through executive order, and a proposed rule that is open for comment until March 27, 2018.
By weakening the standards around what benefits health plans must cover and other changes, the latest policy from the Trump Administration will threaten the quality and affordability of health coverage.
Since the Trump Administration took office, several states have asked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for approval to waive Medicaid requirements or add new ones through requests known as Medicaid Section 1115 waivers. View our timeline below of the different stages that occur before these requests get to CMS.
Racial discrimination in the United States is pervasive and affects health outcomes and access to health care on multiple levels—from the interpersonal, to the institutional, to deeper structural divides. Such ingrained racism creates significant barriers for people of color, making it harder for them to get equal access to jobs, housing, education, and health care services.
As trusted members of their communities, community health workers (CHWs) have a proven track record of increasing access to preventive services, improving health outcomes, and even reducing costs. And by addressing the social determinants of health, CHWs can play a key role
in reducing health disparities. Despite their effectiveness, CHWs often lack sustainable sources of funding, preventing their more widespread integration into the health care system. For CHWs and advocates who want to establish more sustainable funding, Medicaid managed care offers one pathway.
Under a proposed rule open for comment until April 23, 2018, the Trump administration wants to expand the sale of substandard, sham health insurance. If finalized in its current form, this rule will harm consumers and the insurance market.
The comment period for the public to speak out against the rule has closed. View Families USA's comments.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed a new rule that is dangerous to consumers and to health care marketplaces. This rule would expand the sale of “short-term limited duration plans” that do not have to comply with the consumer protections afforded under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and often leave consumers uncovered for major medical expenses.
The Trump administration wants to expand the sale of “short-term limited duration plans” that do not have to comply with the consumer protections afforded under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On April 26, 2018, Families USA held a webinar about measures that states can take to protect health insurance consumers and markets from the expansion of sham short-term health plans.