NOTE: This blog was orginally published in Health Affairs on January 24, 2019.
Chief Executive Officer of Asian Health Services (AHS)
For more than 40 years, Sherry M. Hirota has championed underserved communities and has made an impact fighting for health care as a right, not a privilege. As a leader of movements to expand health access, educate and advocate for linguistic and cultural competency, and lift the voice of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Sherry has created positive change locally, regionally, in California, and throughout the nation.
State lawmakers this year face an array of decisions on health care coverage under Medicaid. Following the passage of ballot initiatives in 2018, the largest number of states are expected to take up plans to expand Medicaid since the Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that the new health care provision was optional.
Hundreds of Thousands of People Are Losing their Health Insurance Because of Trump Administration Policies
The Trump Administration has announced initial enrollment numbers for the federally-run Healthcare.gov exchange, which provides individual and small group coverage for the 39 states that do not operate their own state-based exchange. Enrollment was significantly lower than last year—a total of 8.45 million people enrolled representing a drop of 4.2 percent from 2017’s level of 8.82 million and an aggregate drop of over 8 percent from 2016’s level of 9.2 million. This represents a significant blow to the financial security and health of America’s families.
NCCI Holds its First Briefing – A Bipartisan Event with Experts from Families USA and the American Enterprise Institute
Three out of four uninsured Americans are eligible for coverage through state and federal health care programs, yet they remain unenrolled. More than a third of the uninsured (38 percent) are missing out on a chance to receive coverage that is essentially free: either Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), of qualified health plans with premiums that are fully covered by premium tax credits.
Charlie Alfero is the Executive Director of The Southwest Center for Health Innovation and the New Mexico Primary Care Training Consortium and a member of Families USA’s Health Equity Task Force for Delivery and Payment Transformation. We asked him why Health Action 2019: Fighting For America’s Families will be his fourth Health Action Conference.
November is Native American Heritage month. It’s a time to celebrate the rich history, culture, and traditions of American Indian and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs), and elevate the many contributions they have made to our nation. But to truly honor American Indians and Alaska Natives, we must work together to eliminate the profound health inequities AI/AN people face, and ensure that our government honors their treaty responsibilities to ensure the health and welfare of these communities.
Healthcare.gov is now open for business! Until December 15th, consumers can enroll in comprehensive health plans that will start on January 1st 2019. High-quality coverage purchased through healthcare.gov (or a state’s marketplace) includes protections for preexisting conditions and a robust set of essential health benefits like preventive services, prescription drugs, mental health care, and hospital coverage.
Calling all Enrollment Assisters, Patient Navigators, and Community Health Workers to Health Action 2019
This has been an unprecedented year in health care enrollment and patient navigation, with dramatic highs and lows but, at the end of the day, consumers still need access to affordable, quality health care. Transform Health has teamed up with Families USA to offer an enrollment- focused track at this year’s Health Action 2019 conference.
Since July, a grim drumbeat has sounded from Arkansas: thousands of people losing their health insurance every month, disenrolled from Medicaid and “locked out” from rejoining until next year. This past June Arkansas began implementation of a new set of work and community engagement requirements involving new monthly reporting requirements.