Millions of adults lack coverage for oral health care and cannot afford to pay for needed care on their own. States can make a difference by covering extensive oral health benefits in their Medicaid programs.
With a majority of states expanding Medicaid, many more people stand to gain health coverage, including those recently released from jail or prison. States are re-evaluating their policies regarding Medicaid for incarcerated residents.
We’ve taken a closer look at what states have accomplished so far to get a better idea of how this has played out across states. We found that 34 states and the District of Columbia now have some form of policy to suspend Medicaid for people in prison or jail. Here, we explain why more states should adopt this policy.
Opponents of the Affordable Care Act claim that the law will lead employers to drop employee health coverage, forcing workers to obtain coverage on their own. A recent fact sheet by Families USA refutes this myth and explains the following:
This post is a guest blog by Staurt Berlow, Public Policy Manager, at The DC Cancer Consortium.
The Republican bill in the House of Representatives to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), will make it vastly more expensive for anyone who needs health care, particularly those with pre-existing conditions.
The various bills repealing the Affordable Care Act all took cracks at altering Section 1332, the part of the law that allows states to waive several private insurance provisions in order to establish state innovations.
States can make major changes to coverage under a 1332 waiver. As Congress mulls changes to the health law this fall, it is important that all proposals retain or strengthen protections to ensure that these changes actually benefit consumers.
Medicaid is an essential health care program that provides nursing home and other long-term care for seniors and people with disabilities, as well as health coverage for low-income children and families. What many don’t realize is that Medicaid is also a major driver of economic growth through federal funding to state economies, stimulating business activity and generating jobs.
Explains how the new state exchanges required by the Affordable Care Act will improve health coverage for state residents and small businesses.
The second open enrollment period for buying coverage through the health insurance marketplaces ends on February 15, just as tax season is getting underway. Now is a good time to raise a proposal that we first suggested after the first open enrollment period last year: Create a “special enrollment period” for people who learn they will have to pay a tax penalty for being uninsured in 2014.
Whether it is an obsession with town halls, vote counting, or negotiations, much of the focus during this health reform debate has not been on the actual human reasons why reform is so important.
Let's get us back to reality, at least for a quick second.