NOTE: This blog was orginally published in Health Affairs on January 24, 2019.
Chief Executive Officer of Asian Health Services (AHS)
For more than 40 years, Sherry M. Hirota has championed underserved communities and has made an impact fighting for health care as a right, not a privilege. As a leader of movements to expand health access, educate and advocate for linguistic and cultural competency, and lift the voice of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Sherry has created positive change locally, regionally, in California, and throughout the nation.
The partial government shutdown enters its 27th day and no end is in sight. Although major health care programs like Medicaid and Medicare are funded, this is not true for the Indian Health Services (IHS). The IHS is a health care agency run by the Department of Health and Human Services but funded by the Department of the Interior (DOI).
Data shows that African Americans suffer more from certain health conditions than non-Hispanic whites.
Find out how certain racial and ethnic health disparities are undermining our communities and our health system.
An increasing number of states are making harmful changes to their Medicaid programs using “Section 1115 waivers.” Families USA is tracking state Medicaid waivers that restrict access to quality, affordable health care for low-income families and adults. This new grid offers an overview of the status of each state’s waiver proposal, the restrictive elements of the waiver proposal, and CMS’s decision on each element.
As state health care leaders look to leverage new opportunities to expand Medicaid in 2019, Families USA’s Medicaid Expansion Leadership Team (MELT) is developing resources and guides to assist state health care leaders and policy makers in understanding the value of increasing health care coverage for the uninsured. Families USA has produced an initial resource, the Medicaid Expansion Toolkit, for state health care leaders to use to implement Medicaid expansion in states.
State lawmakers this year face an array of decisions on health care coverage under Medicaid. Following the passage of ballot initiatives in 2018, the largest number of states are expected to take up plans to expand Medicaid since the Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that the new health care provision was optional.