February 18, 2016

Uninsured in Virginia: Lori’s Story

Jenna Temkin

Story Bank Associate

In late 2015, Lori was in desperate need of cardiology care for her heart condition. Lori was out of money and uninsured. And she lived in Virginia, which has refused to expand Medicaid. Her story illustrates the plight of uninsured people who fall into the coverage gap--ineligible for regular Medicaid but can't afford private insurance.

February 16, 2016

How Federal Dollars Are Helping South Dakota

One of the top priorities of the right-wing group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is stopping Medicaid expansion across the country. And in South Dakota, they’ve stepped up their operations, working to derail expansion discussions in that state.

January 13, 2016

Louisiana to Expand Medicaid: Outlook for the States in 2016

Patrick Willard

Senior Director of Campaigns, Outreach, and Engagement (CORE)

Legislative sessions during an election year are historically shorter, more budget-oriented and less controversial than other years. But as the Obama administration enters its final year, the Affordable Care Act and the tools it provides for increasing health coverage are on the agenda as state lawmakers return to the capitol this month.

December 2, 2015

Kentucky Shouldn't Turn Its Back on Affordable Care Act Success

Patrick Willard

Senior Director of Campaigns, Outreach, and Engagement (CORE)

In horse racing, it is not a good idea to change jockeys when you have a winner. That is why Governor–elect Matt Bevin should not rush into a decision on Kentucky’s winning approach to health coverage. It is not just the economic case that the new governor should consider. Bevin must grapple with the impact an upheaval in the health care system would have on the state’s low-income workers and their families.

November 24, 2015

Health Policy on the Hill: What Congress Is Doing on Health Care for the Rest of 2015

Jane Sheehan

Senior Government Affairs Manager

Last month, Congress and President Obama worked out a budget deal that provides relief from the sequester caps, raises the debt ceiling, and prevents a steep scheduled rise in Medicare Part B premiums and deductibles. Despite this welcome show of bipartisanship, the remainder of this legislative session will likely include continued attempts to undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and funding for Planned Parenthood.

November 10, 2015

States Can Give Back to Veterans by Expanding Medicaid

Nygel Williams

Villers Fellow

On Veterans Day, we pay tribute to the servicemen and women who have sacrificed for our nation. But lawmakers in the 20 states that have refused to expand Medicaid are missing an important opportunity to give back to veterans, nearly 1 in 10 of whom lack health insurance. By expanding Medicaid, these states can help uninsured veterans and their families.

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