For the past few months, the super committee has been working to find agreement about how to further reduce the deficit. The goal of the bipartisan 12-member committee was to develop a plan to cut the deficit by an additional $1.2 trillion to $1.5 trillion (on top of an already agreed to cut of $900 billion) over the next 10 years. The super committee was allowed to consider any methods of reducing the deficit, including cutting vital programs like Medicaid and Medicare.
This week is shaping up to be an important one in the legal battle over the Affordable Care Act. Tuesday's decision from the DC Circuit Court of Appeals is a big win for supporters of the law. It's the third appellate court to reject challenges to the law. In June, the Sixth Circuit upheld the law.
While CHIP may sound like a snack you would feed your kids after school, it’s actually something completely different. And frankly, it’s much better.
CHIP, also known as the Children’s Health Insurance Program, is a federally funded program that provides health coverage to low-income children whose parents make too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford insurance in the private market. Many families have found themselves in this situation as the cost of health care premiums keep increasing and unemployment rates continue to soar during this recession.
Weeks before the early August deadline to negotiate a deficit reduction package in Washington, and in the midst of state struggles to balance their budgets, a landmark study was released today that unequivocally demonstrates the value of the Medicaid program.
For the past several months, Republican budget plan after Republican budget plan has practically made a sport out of attempting to gut the Medicaid program.
They’ve gone out on a limb to protect tax breaks for the wealthiest among us, all while undermining programs that help millions of Americans every single day.
Consumer advocacy groups like Families USA have fought tooth and nail against these cuts because we recognize that Medicaid is a vital program for those who would otherwise not have access to affordable health care.
Medicaid covers millions of Americans. It makes sure children can see their doctors, seniors and people with disabilities can get long-term care services, and Americans with serious health conditions can get the care they need. For many, Medicaid coverage is the difference between life and death.
There’s no question—the recession has made this a tough couple of years for American families. Kids have felt the economic impact too. A new study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that the official child poverty rate, which is a conservative estimate of those living in economic hardship around the country, increased 18 percent from 2000 to 2009.
Rick Santorum, a former U.S. Senator for Pennsylvania, wants to be the Republican nominee to run against President Obama next year. Unfortunately for him, he’s also embroiled in a health care scandal—this one involving Medicaid fraud, abuse of patients, and illegal kickbacks to doctors.
"Non-communicable diseases" (NCDs) is a key buzz phrase in public health today. Even the United Nations has the term on its mind, as it recently held a historic high-level meeting to develop a plan of action to fight NCDs. But what exactly does it mean?
Apparently, a New Jersey family of three with an income of $5,500 a year is making too much money to qualify for financial help with health care.
Here’s the back-story: Last week, Governor Christie proposed cutting the maximum income to qualify for Medicaid from $24,645 to an absurdly low $5,317 for a family of three, a whopping one-fifth of the current rate.