One of the strangest chapters in the Affordable Care Act’s history began a few hours after midnight on October 13, 2017. At 2:36 am, a Presidential tweet announced the end of cost-sharing-reduction (CSR) payments to insurers: “The Democrats [sic] ObamaCare is imploding. Massive subsidy payments to their pet insurance companies has [sic] stopped. Dems should call me to fix!” Later that morning, officials at the Department of Health and Human Services explained that the federal government would soon stop reimbursing insurers to cover the cost of giving low-income consumers legally-required reductions in out-of-pocket cost-sharing.
Achieving Health Equity for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders requires recognizing their diversity and disaggregating data.
Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage month is an opportunity to focus on the many contributions these communities have made to build our nation over the generations, and their continued role in our future prosperity.
Maryland’s Easy Enrollment Health Insurance Program: An Innovative Approach to Covering the Eligible Uninsured
The threatened repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), major regulatory changes that affect ACA implementation, and a likely 2020 debate over Medicare for all have understandably captured the health policy community’s attention. As a result, relatively little discussion has recently focused on a basic problem that loomed quite large in the past: enrolling the eligible uninsured into available coverage.
Cheryl Fish-Parcham (Families USA), Melissa Burroughs (Families USA), Eric P. Tranby (Dentaquest Partnerhsip for Oral Health Advancement), Avery R. Brow (Dentaquest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement), Addressing Rural Seniors’ Unmet Needs For Oral Health Care, Health Affairs Blog, 5/6/2019, https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20190501.797365/full/.
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State health plans for families are under scrutiny – in the courts, in the states, and in Washington. It is hard to think of a time when the Medicaid program was getting so much attention at one time outside of the halls of Congress.
The Trump administration’s efforts to restrict the health insurance program for America’s most vulnerable families are raising the profile of Medicaid and those who rely upon it for health care. Within weeks decisions are expected on the following:
Throughout our nation’s history, the strength of our country has been deeply rooted in the daily acts of service that so many people render to their communities and their loved ones. Yet for others, the right to realize their full potential, as citizens and as unique individuals, is endangered by the overwhelming limitations imposed upon them by poor health.
In 2014, Catherine Horine developed a persistent cough that would not go away. Within three months of first seeking treatment for the cough, even though her doctors had been unable to find a cause for her cough, they told her she would not live to see the end of the year without a lung transplant. At that time, Catherine was diagnosed with idiopathic bronchiolitis obliterans, a rare and irreversible disease that is extremely difficult to diagnose because its symptoms mimic chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The condition causes inflammation and blocks airways in the lungs.
It took Zoey Salsbury six years to get an incorrect diagnosis for her constant pelvic and joint pain.
The first time she mentioned her pain to her doctor, during her freshman year of high school, her pain was dismissed as “growing pains.” She remembers thinking, “Well this growing thing is absolute [garbage] if this is how it feels.”
Throughout American history, the tenacity that women advocates have shown in combating systematic inequities has proved to be an invaluable source of inspiration for each successive generation of health care activists. The significance of this legacy is well-captured in a quote from the late Dr. Gerta Lerner, an esteemed scholar of Women’s History, and a lifelong advocate for women’s rights: “Women’s history is women’s right — an essential, indispensable heritage from which we can draw pride, comfort, courage, and a long-range vision.”
African Americans Still Lag Behind in Health Outcomes: Increasing Representation Among Providers Must be A Part of the Solution
Black History Month is an opportunity to elevate the accomplishments of African American trailblazers who may be missing from the history books. For example, in health care, we may remember Roselyn Epps, the first black president of the American Medical Women’s Association, or Ida Gray Nelson Rollins, the first black female dentist. We need to continue highlighting individual achievements because inclusive, representative narratives are an important tool for dismantling racism.