The new Families USA report A Case for Solidarity: Common Challenges Involving Health and Health Care in the United States reveals that, among both whites and people of color, in rural and urban areas alike, working-class women are particularly likely to experience serious problems with poor health and unaffordable health care.
As the 2018 elections approach, now is the time for people to speak out to candidates about the kind of health care system they want, and to hold candidates accountable for delivering on it. Whether at a town hall, in the media, or one-on-one, voters can hold candidates for federal, state, and local offices accountable for working to protect health care, instead of tearing it down.
Health care is a top-of-mind issue for voters. In 2017, people across the country feared losing their health care due to tumultuous efforts by Republicans in Congress to repeal insurance.
Does Your Candidate Actually Support Protections for People With Preexisting Conditions? The Three-Part Test
How can you know the truth about a candidate’s support for preexisting condition protections? Families USA has developed a simple three-part test to identify which candidates actually support people with preexisting conditions and which ones don’t.
On October 10, 2018, the Trump administration published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would make it much harder for immigrants to obtain visas (including visas to study or work in the U.S.), extend their visas, or adjust their status to become lawful permanent residents.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) added 20 million people to the ranks of the insured, comprising our country’s largest coverage expansion since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid more than 50 years ago. But millions still remain without coverage, giving states an opportunity to build on the ACA’s progress by pioneering innovative strategies to cover the remaining uninsured, often while stabilizing insurance markets and lowering premiums. In this report, we describe seven state options to achieve these goals, typically building on efforts already under way in vanguard states.
The Trump Administration’s Continued Attacks on Immigrant Children and Families: Dismantling the Flores Settlement Agreement
On September 7, the Trump administration took another step toward eliminating basic protections for immigrant children and their families who enter the U.S. without documentation—including those legally seeking asylum, by issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking (proposed regulation) that would dismantle constitutional protections for children established by the Flores Settlement Agreement governing the detention and treatment of children in U.S.
How the Midterm Elections Could Impact People in America with Preexisting Conditions: National and Key State Fact Sheets, Infographics, and Tables
This midterm election season, some candidates want to take away health insurance protections for people with preexisting conditions. This would allow health insurers to return to abusive practices that were widespread before protections against preexisting condition discrimination were in place. These national and key state fact sheets, infographics, and tables explain how many people would be affected if insurers are once again permitted to flatly refuse coverage, increase premiums, or deny treatment to people with preexisting conditions.
As advocates engage with local and state candidates in the months leading up to the election in November, we urge them to ask candidates these key questions on their commitment to protecting consumers’ access to health care.
Update: Judge O’Connor heard oral arguments in Texas v. United States on September 5, summarized in this Health Affairs article. It is not clear how quickly the judge will rule on a preliminary injunction. The Department of Justice, despite arguing to undo preexisting condition protections, has admitted that a negative decision, even if appealed, would bring chaos and uncertainty during open enrollment this fall.
Families USA has identified some of the biggest legislative victories for health care in the 2018 state legislative sessions.