On July 20, CBO scored the Senate’s third version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). The third time is not a charm. This iteration of the Senate bill would still gut the core Medicaid program, end the Medicaid expansion, dramatically increase deductibles and out-of-pocket costs, and take away health insurance from 22 million people.
Today, Families USA and 125 community, provider, labor, and patient organizations sent a letter urging Congress to take immediate action to address the post-hurricane health crises in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and ensure that the nearly 4 million U.S. citizens living in those territories are able to obtain the health care they need. View letter.
Recently, the state of Wisconsin submitted an application to the federal government seeking Medicaid waiver authority to make drug testing a condition of eligibility for the state’s adult Medicaid program--BadgerCare. This request breaks dangerous new ground; drug testing has never been allowed as part of the application process in the Medicaid program. That’s because it is illegal, it will make it harder for everyone applying for Medicaid, and it will hurt rather than help those with substance use disorders.
Saturday marks the first 100 days of the Trump presidency.
And it marks 100 days that consumers have been struggling to make sense of what will happen to the life-saving care they get through the Affordable Care Act.
Advocacy can make a significant difference in ensuring that everyone has access to coverage, care, and improved health. You and your organization can play a vital role in educating public officials about issues important to health care consumers.
The goal of this toolkit is to help people new to advocacy. It will give you the knowledge and tactics you need to be an effective advocate.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, millions more people have coverage for mental health and substance use disorder services.
Engaging face-to-face with government officials and their staff is the single most powerful advocacy strategy you can pursue. Here we outline the steps for a successful meeting with Members of Congress.
More than $18,000 to spend on Medicaid for each person in Alaska; Nevada gets just over $4,000. Does that sound fair? Well, that’s the funding formula in the GOP health care repeal plan. States that spend a lot on Medicaid now get a lot later. States that spend less get stuck with less. And the formula doesn’t change. Ever.
Senate Republicans are on course to fast-track the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicaid. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to bring the Republican health care bill to a vote after the July 4 recess. Now is the time to put all hands on deck to stop this harmful bill!
The next two weeks are critical. Senate leadership is seeking a vote on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act and drastically cut Medicaid by the end of the month. Since the House passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in May, senators have been working behind the scenes on their version of the legislation, reported to be very similar to the unpopular House bill.