This advocacy agenda offers options for improving health and health care at the state level during the 2019 session. It includes state policy options to consider in 2019 regarding private insurance coverage, Medicaid, oral health coverage, health equity, prescription drugs, surprise medical bills, and health care value.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has proposed a new rule to severely weaken the Affordable Care Act’s prohibitions against discrimination in health care, and to erase references to protections against discrimination by health care programs on the basis of gender identity or sex stereotype in regulations. These protections are provided under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act and its regulations.
Families USA, Community Catalyst, and over 45 national organizations representing health care stakeholders sent this letter to Congressional leadership, urging them to heed the strong message sent by the midterm elections and pursue an agenda that ensures the best health and health care are equally accessible and affordable to all. On November 6, voters from across the country and from all walks of life voted for high quality and affordable health care.
Allowing Discrimination!?: Trump Administration Proposes to Undo ACA's Nondiscrimination Protections
This webinar covers the new proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that would weaken the Affordable Care Act’s prohibitions against discrimination in health care and erase protections against discrimination based on gender identity or sex.
The proposal specifically threatens access to care for certain population groups, but it additionally weakens nondiscrimination protections that apply to:
Families USA submitted the attached letter to U.S. House of Representatives Leadership in support of H.R. 987, the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act.
Families USA led 45 national organizations in the attached letter urging the Senate to swiftly take up recently House-passed proposals in H.R. 986 and H.R. 987 that improve health care coverage and access and undo administrative sabotage.
We all want value for the dollar when we make a big purchase. Especially when we buy something expensive, we want to know that we're getting a high-quality product that makes a hit to the bank account worth it. When it comes to health insurance, it can be hard to know if you're getting a good deal. Health plans can come with pages of fine print and endless caveats.
Families USA, Mental Health America, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the National Council for Behavioral Health are four nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations that represent health care consumers, including those with mental health and substance use disorders. We have joined together to bring attention to a heath care policy put forth by the Trump administration that expands short-term health insurance plans.
Health advocates share the hope that the Affordable Care Act will reduce the racial and ethnic health disparities that remain realities in today’s health care system. These disparities transcend age, gender, and ailment.
Disparities among communities of color persist in our nation. People of color are more likely than whites to lack health insurance, to receive lower-quality care, and to experience worse health outcomes.