Explains what Medicaid Section 1115 waivers are and how advocates can take advantage of new rules that give them a bigger voice in the waiver process.
A Call to Action for Health Equity Leaders: Health Care Transformation Efforts Must Include a Strong Focus on Health Equity
Our nation’s health care system is rapidly transforming, and the health of people of color and other disadvantaged communities hangs in the balance. Moving to a value-based health care system presents a critical opportunity to achieve health equity. But without particular attention to how disadvantaged communities will be affected and without including these communities in designing these reform efforts, we risk exacerbating disparities in health and health care.
Explains how the Affordable Care Act will improve coordination of care for patients with both Medicare and Medicaid ("dual eligibles");provides detailed guidance for advocates.
Highlights the major changes the Affordable Care Act will make to health coverage and care, such as expanding Medicaid, creating health insurance marketplaces, and providing new consumer protections.
When states don’t extend Medicaid, Americans are hit the hardest. Our brief compares two neighboring states, Missouri and Iowa. Iowa has extended Medicaid coverage, but Missouri has not.
Explains how accountable care organizations give financial incentives to health care providers to work as a team to deliver high-quality care;discusses challenges states face when implementing ACOs in Medicaid.
This guide explains how to interpret health insurers’ annual statements. This knowledge can be helpful to advocates who are challenging rate increases during the rate review process.
Discusses provisions in the Affordable Care Act that call for states to have one streamlined online application for all types of insurance and for premiums tax credits.
Blueprint for Health Care Advocacy: How Community Health Workers Are Driving Health Equity and Value in New Mexico
Across the health care system, there is tremendous interest and momentum in reforming the way health care is delivered and paid for in order to improve health care quality and outcomes and at the same time, reduce costs. These reform efforts create an enormous opportunity to improve resources, infrastructure, and incentives for interventions to meaningfully reduce racial and ethnic health disparities. Yet, if these reforms are not designed and implemented carefully, they could actually end up making these disparities worse.