Medicare doesn’t cover one part of the body that causes many health problems—the mouth. Two-thirds of the seniors and people with disabilities on Medicare do not have any oral health coverage and their health is worse for it. Millions of people could live healthier, happier lives if oral health coverage is added to Medicare.
This infographic shows where states stand on Medicaid expansion. One of the most important--and popular--provisions of the Affordable Care Act is the expansion of health coverage to low-income families through the Medicaid program. In the states that expanded Medicaid, many of those who benefit are hard-working people in low-wage jobs that do not offer health insurance—like waiters and waitresses, sales clerks, cooks, and home health aides.
Here are basic facts about where states stand on Medicaid expansion, along with states to watch.
Through its short-term plan and association health plan rules, the Trump administration will break the current market for individual health insurance in two. These dangerous new sham health plans roll back the current protections and benefits -- leaving people vulnerable to predatory insurers and drowning in the waters of mounting health care costs.
As trusted members of their communities, community health workers (CHWs) have a proven track record of increasing access to preventive services, improving health outcomes, and even reducing costs. And by addressing the social determinants of health, CHWs can play a key role in reducing health disparities.
If funding for CHIP is not renewed, as many as 2 million kids may lose the health coverage that they have today. Our infographic and resource page has materials about the benefits of CHIP to help advocates make the case for Congress to renew funding.
If the state and local tax deduction (“SALT deduction”) is eliminated or greatly reduced, it could spell big state Medicaid cuts. Here’s why the state and local tax deduction matters for Medicaid:
Republicans in Congress are rushing through a tax plan that repeals a key provision of the Affordable Care Act: the individual mandate. But even if lawmakers drop the repeal of the individual mandate from the final tax package, tax reform will lead to huge cuts to health care. Health care consumers and their advocates thus need to pay careful attention to the tax debate.
Graham-Cassidy has the same destructive elements that senators of both parties and the American people rejected earlier this year. Learn more.
The majority of people in this country want Congress to put aside these harmful, partisan policies and focus on bi-partisan solutions to improve our health care system. It is time to listen to them.
See the table below to compare the newest version of ACA repeal with its predecessors:
Today, all but two Senate Republicans voted yes on the “motion to proceed” which formally begins the debate on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It is not clear which legislation the Senate will be debating.
The recently-released Senate ACA repeal bill would cut funding and consumer protections, increase the number of uninsured, and cut federal Medicaid funding by over $800 billion. Our graphics show how many jobs would be lost in a handful of hardest-hit states.