March 16, 2016

3 Things to Know about Affordable Care Act Repayment Caps

Kara Nester

Policy Analyst

This week, the House Ways and Means Committee in Congress will vote on legislation that would eliminate caps on how much money marketplace consumers must repay the federal government if they receive more premium tax credits (a form of financial assistance) than they should based on their projected annual income. Families USA is concerned that the bill could deter people from signing up for health insurance if there is no longer a reasonable cap on how much they could be required to repay.

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January 2016

Why Getting Health Insurance Matters for African Americans

African Americans are more likely to have certain health problems than whites. Finding and treating these problems early can make a huge difference. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, most health insurance plans must cover preventive services for free.

July 9, 2015

Too Many Adults Continue to Go without Dental Care

Lydia Mitts

Associate Director of Affordability Initiatives

Lack of access to dental care is a significant problem in American health care. Last week, USA Today reported that the number of adults seeking help in the emergency room for “long-delayed dental care” has doubled since 2000. This finding highlights data we released in May showing that dental care is one of the most persistent unmet health care needs for many adults.

March 18, 2015

Six Ideas in GOP Plans to Replace the ACA That Will Erode Health Coverage

Shannon Attanasio

Senior Director of Government Affairs

In recent weeks, Republicans have released several proposals for replacing the Affordable Care Act. Ranging from op-eds to white papers to full-fledged bills, these plans share many ideas in common for how to replace the historic health reform law. The takeaway? Republican proposals would reverse the ACA’s extraordinary progress in helping millions of consumers gain access to affordable, comprehensive, high-quality health coverage. Here are six damaging ideas from the proposals we’ve seen to date.

February 18, 2015

State Advocates’ Agenda for Private Health Insurance in 2015

Around the country, health care advocates are developing advocacy agendas to ensure that private health insurance plans meet consumers’ needs. From addressing high costs for consumers to strengthening provider networks to improving prescription drug formularies, advocates have a lot of work planned this year to improve private insurance.

Here, we list some of the top private insurance issues that are on advocates’ 2015 agendas, along with best practices and resources that advocates shared with their peers at our Health Action conference: 

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