Patients deserve evidence-based, high-value health care rooted in the most rigorous scientific methods. However, research practices that generate our current evidence base have historically excluded a number of communities and patient perspectives. This incomplete and sometimes biased evidence base has limited effectiveness and applicability for diverse populations, and risks widening racial, ethnic, and other inequities.
Congressional committees have advanced initial measures to address prescription drug costs. However, their work to date has not focused on the significant policy changes needed to meaningfully lower drug prices. To address the drivers of excessive prescription drug prices in the United States, the Coalition for Fair Drug Prices urges Congress to enact meaningful policies that leverage the federal government’s power to negotiate drug prices.
Advancing Health Equity through Better Evidence for Asthma Care: Translating Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Learnings into Equity-Focused Policy Recommendations
Patients deserve evidence-based, high-value health care rooted in the most rigorous scientific methods. However, research practices that generate our current evidence base have historically excluded a number of communities and patient perspectives. This incomplete, and sometimes biased evidence base has limited effectiveness and applicability for diverse populations, and risks widening racial, ethnic, and other inequities.
The Return of Churn: State Paperwork Barriers Caused More Than 1.5 Million Low-Income People to Lose Their Medicaid Coverage in 2018
In 2018, enrollment in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program decreased by about 1.6 million enrollees, 744,000 of which were children. There is strong evidence that a driving factor of the decline in enrollment is state policy decisions to engage in punitive annual (or even monthly) eligibility redetermination processes in which large percentages of Medicaid enrollees lose coverage.
Early experiences matter. They shape a child’s developmental trajectory and lifelong health and wellbeing. All too often children are exposed to adverse experiences such as abuse, living with a parent who suffers from mental illness or struggling with substance abuse, violence-in-their-home-or-community, or other challenging events.
Families USA submitted this comment to Secretary Azar on the proposed safe harbor rule changes. Under the proposed rule, discounts awarded by prescription drug manufacturers to plan sponsors under Medicare Part D and Medicaid managed care organizations or their contracted Pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) would no longer be eligible for safe harbor under the Federal anti-kickback provisions of the Social Security Act.
Not measuring and paying for equity risks worsening disparities and it is a key missed opportunity for reducing disparities. This webinar discusses actionable opportunities at the state and federal level to measure and pay for equity.
Surprise billing, also called surprise out-of-network balance billing, is a common problem when, through no fault of their own, families receive medical treatment from an out-of-network provider. The surprise comes in the form of doctor bills for the difference between what a provider charges and what the insurer pays that provider. Congress is currently considering legislation to address this problem for families all over the country. This piece describes the legislation under consideration in Congress and Families USA’s recommendations for a Congressional fix to this problem.
Amici Curiae Brief of Families USA, Community Catalyst, The National Health Law Program, The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Service Employees International Union Supporting Intervenor Defendants-Appellants and Reversal of the District Court
Families USA filed an amicus brief in the Texas v. US case that threatens the entire Affordable Care Act, on appeal in the US Court of Appeals of the Fifth Circuit. Cosigners of the amicus include the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Community Catalyst, the National Health Law Program and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
Kansas lawmakers are currently considering legislation that could expand Medicaid to 150,000 nonelderly, low-income Kansans. As lawmakers debate Medicaid expansion in the state’s legislature, Families USA has published a fact sheet on the impact of Medicaid Expansion on Kansas’s state budget. Click here to view the fact sheet.