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.
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.
Comments on Trump Administration Proposed Section 1557 Rules: Nondiscrimination in Health and Health Education Programs or Activities
Families USA submitted comments to urge HHS to withdraw the Trump administration’s proposed rule to undermine nondiscrimination protections under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.
On April 18, 2019, the Trump Administration finalized the Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2020 (NBPP). This rule will govern health insurance marketplaces and set the framework for insurance companies to propose plans and premium rates for 2020. Consumer advocates achieved several important victories in the final 2020 NBPP. Contrarily, the final rule also establishes harmful changes that will decrease access to high-quality, affordable coverage and care for families across the country.
In this July 10, 2019 testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Frederick Isasi, Executive Director at Families USA, discusses the disastrous effects on families across this nation if federal judges choose to strike down the Affordable Care Act in the Texas v. United States lawsuit.
Families USA submitted comments on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Request for Information (RFI) concerning Health Care Choice Compacts. This RFI seeks to “facilitate the purchase of health insurance coverage across state lines.” We have long expressed concerns about policies that are designed to allow the sale of coverage across state lines if these policies do not include robust consumer protections.
Maryland's Down Payment Plan: Helping People Get Health Insurance and Lowering Families' Health Costs
Both before and especially after President Trump and his congressional allies ended federal enforcement of the ACA’s individual mandate, several states established their own enforcement systems. Maryland’s lawmakers are proposing an innovative “down payment plan” that uses a more enrollment-oriented approach to requiring people with affordable access to health coverage to obtain insurance. Instead of imposing tax penalties on the uninsured, the Maryland proposal helps the uninsured enroll into coverage whenever possible.