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.
Learn about two types of health insurance models that insurers are implementing to encourage consumers to take a more active role in their health, and find out which model is more effective and why.
A set of principles laying out Families USA’s vision for health system transformation that achieves the triple aim of better care, lower cost, and better health. Health care stakeholders can use these to inform policy decisions.
In May 2019, Consumers First released its Call to Action which identified six underlying distortions in the health care system that need immediate policy action. Those six focus areas are:
Medicare Oral Health Coverage for Your State Would Improve Health, Reduce Health Care Costs: Factsheets for all 50 states and DC
These factsheets highlight how seniors and people disabilities in each state would be better able to achieve oral health, overall health, and reduced health care costs and the cost benefits of including oral health coverage in Medicare. Like a key to open a locked door, adding oral health coverage to Medicare would help nearly 60 million seniors and people with disabilities in this country achieve oral health.
Trump Administration Proposal Redefines Poverty to Raise Health Care Costs for Middle-Class Families
For the second time in less than a month, the Trump administration has proposed obscure bureaucratic formula changes that will raise health care costs for 8.2 million people who buy private insurance using federal premium tax credits (PTCs). The latest move changes the definition of inflation that affects the federal poverty level (FPL), which is used to determine eligibility for many need-based programs.
Early experiences matter. They shape a child’s developmental trajectory and lifelong health and wellbeing. All too often children are exposed to adverse experiences such as abuse, living with a parent who suffers from mental illness or struggling with substance abuse, violence-in-their-home-or-community, or other challenging events.
The Trump administration final rule on public charge drastically changes the requirements for certain immigrants to enter the United States and/or become permanent residents. Most immigrants who are either entering the U.S. or applying for lawful permanent residency must show that they are not likely to become a “public charge” – that is, they will not be dependent on the U.S. government for their financial support. The administration’s expansion of public charge to include Medicaid and other health care programs will force families to choice between health care and being together.
Trump Administration 'Public Charge' Rule Threatens Health Care for Immigrant Families, Including U.S. Citizen Children
The impact of a proposed Trump administration rule extends well beyond the directly targeted individuals and families whose health will be at risk. A community’s overall health depends on the health of all of its members. The impact of this proposed rule will spill over to others in many ways. Without insurance, families may delay care or forego it altogether. This means there will be more children in school, and adults in the workplace, without needed preventive services and untreated illnesses. More people delaying care until the last possible moment will strain emergency resources. Hospitals’ and clinics’ uncompensated care burdens will increase.