More than 30 consumer groups, 37 senators, and 50 House members agree: Pregnant women should be allowed to enroll in health coverage when they find out they’re pregnant, even if it is outside the open enrollment period. Pregnant women who lack health insurance often go without necessary prenatal care, thus jeopardizing their health and that of their babies. Already, thousands of people have joined with the senators to call for the creation of a special enrollment period. Families USA has signed on as a partner in this effort, and we ask that you join us to demand access to health care for pregnant women.
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The debate in the U.S. Senate over health care repeal is a pivotal moment in the history of health policy in the United States. We will either preserve the progress we have made toward achieving equal access to quality health care for all, or we will take a huge step backward and put the health of millions of people at risk. It is vital that health care consumers have a voice in this national debate. Families USA is that voice. Thanks to your support, we are making sure that the debate over the future of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid is about people and not politics.
Ruth Petran has celebrated Mother’s Day with her children for the past 33 years, but this Mother’s Day is special. Ruth says it’s the kind of Mother’s Day that wouldn’t have been possible without the Affordable Care Act. This is the first Mother’s Day that Ruth will celebrate as a grandmother, as well as a mother. For years, Ruth worried that her daughter’s private insurance policy without maternity coverage would force her to delay having children. Thanks to the ACA’s protections that mandate maternity coverage for all consumers, Ruth’s daughter, could access the insurance she needed to start a family and give Ruth the grandchild she had been hoping for.
Under the Affordable Care Act, states have been given an unprecedented opportunity. Using federal grant dollars, every state has the option to build its own health insurance exchange-a transparent marketplace for coverage where individuals and small businesses can easily compare high-quality insurance plans, apply for financial assistance with the cost of coverage, and then easily enroll in health insurance.
Highlights the major changes the Affordable Care Act will make to health coverage and care, such as expanding Medicaid, creating health insurance marketplaces, and providing new consumer protections.
When states don’t extend Medicaid, Americans are hit the hardest. Our brief compares two neighboring states, Missouri and Iowa. Iowa has extended Medicaid coverage, but Missouri has not.
The passage of the Affordable Care Act will extend health coverage to millions of Americans by expanding Medicaid and creating a tax cut to help low- and middle-income individuals and families afford private coverage. This tax cut will be in the form of tax credits that can be used to offset the costs of health insurance premiums and will go into effect in 2014.
Sometimes you see a story that is so touching, so heartbreaking, that you simply have to share it. Last week, our friends at PICO sent out an email sharing the story of Marlene Kahn, an advocate from Missouri who made a touching sacrifice to defend health care rights for seniors, children, and people with disabilities.
Please read Marlene's story and get involved in the fight to protect this critically important program.
Mother’s day is this Sunday and, unlike previous years, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get your Mom a great gift.
Our friends at Mom’s Rising have created an awesome video that lets you insert your mother’s name in a movie trailer that praises her for all she’s done over the years.
Check it out below and send it to your mother today! Trust us, it’s way better than flowers.
Last month, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended that a range of benefits essential to women’s health be included as preventive benefits and therefore offered free of charge in all new health plans.
We’re happy to report that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has taken up all of the IOM’s recommendations. The new guidelines will take effect in August 2012 and will ensure that women around the country can receive a variety of preventive services at no additional cost.