April 20, 2018

A Culture of Racial Discrimination Is Incompatible with a Culture of Health

Elena Sanchez Thorpe

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.

April 3, 2018

Taking on High Prescription Drug Costs in Illinois: Q&A with Rep. Will Guzzardi

One Illinois legislator is taking action so that residents in his state will no longer have to suffer without recourse when generic drug manufacturers engage in the practice of price gouging. Families USA has been proud to work with State Representative Will Guzzardi from Illinois’ 39th District on HB 4900, legislation that Rep. Guzzardi introduced in the state legislature to create generic drug pricing fairness and stop price gouging in Illinois.

Here Families USA interviews Rep. Guzzardi on how high prescription drug prices hurt Illinois families, and how HB 4900 will help make drugs more affordable in the state.

March 30, 2018

Troubling Trends for Oral Health in Medicaid Waivers

Today, Medicaid faces unique threats, and these threats are happening largely below the radar screen. So far, we have succeeded in averting multiple attempts to erode Medicaid as we know it through federal legislation, but efforts to undermine coverage continue through legally questionable regulatory actions and destructive Medicaid waivers. These Medicaid waivers have the potential to have a profound impact on children, families, and their oral health coverage. 

March 27, 2018

Moving for Dental Care: Maria’s Story

Michelle Loo

This blog is part of an ongoing series of stories from people across the country who need comprehensive dental coverage, but do not have access to it. Families USA, in partnership with the DentaQuest Foundation, has launched an intensive, multi-faceted, long-term issue advocacy campaign, Oral Health For All, to reduce the barriers to oral health coverage that prevent more than 106 million Americans from have such coverage and getting the care they need. 

Fact Sheet
March 2018

How Medicaid Waivers Could Limit Access to Oral Health Care

States can propose changes to their Medicaid programs using  1115 waivers that require approval from the federal government. Recently, many states are using these waivers to erect barriers to their residents getting the coverage and care they need—including oral health coverage and care. 
 
Instead of using the waivers to pursue positive innovations, many of these waivers would reduce oral health access. Luckily, oral health advocates can play an important role in promoting good waivers and stopping harmful ones. Use this factsheet to learn more about how certain waiver elements effect oral health access and talking points that advocates can use to raise these issues with policy makers.
March 22, 2018

Gun Violence Threatens the Health of Our Nation

Families USA recognizes gun violence as a severe threat to the health of our nation. As an organization focused on health care, we have not engaged previously in the vigorous national debate on gun violence. We are entering that debate today because our nation is at a turning point.

Fed up with excuses for why policy makers cannot do anything to stop gun violence, Families USA--along with more than 170 state and national partners--are demanding action from Congress.

Short Analysis
January 2018

Association Health Plan Rule Would Make It Easier to Sell Junk Insurance

Trump Administration has proposed a rule that would substantially increase the number of Americans who could be sold junk insurance in the form of “Association Health Plans,” or “AHPs.” This new and very dangerous step in the administration’s ongoing campaign to sabotage the Affordable Care Act could greatly reduce people’s access to essential health care, especially for those with preexisting conditions and older adults.

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