After candidate and then President Trump repeatedly promised to slash prescription drug prices, the May 11 announcement of administration drug policy was a significant missed opportunity.
The Trump Administration Continues Its Attack on Medicaid by Dramatically Weakening the Equal Access Rule
The Trump administration is proposing a policy that would weaken protections for people in the program and lead to diminished access to critical services, particularly for people with high health care needs who get coverage through Medicaid.
Earlier this week, Maryland and Virginia insurers filed proposed individual market premiums for 2019. Over the coming weeks and months, insurers in the other 48 states and DC will announce proposed premiums. In Maryland and Virginia, many insurers are asking for incredibly large premium increases. In Maryland, average requested rate increases are 30 percent over 2018. In Virginia, proposed premiums are rising more than 15 percent.
Through its short-term plan and association health plan rules, the Trump administration will break the current market for individual health insurance in two. These dangerous new sham health plans roll back the current protections and benefits -- leaving people vulnerable to predatory insurers and drowning in the waters of mounting health care costs.
Under the guise of creating low-cost health options, the Trump administration has two new regulations that will have dire consequences for two groups:
The Trump administration wants to expand the sale of “short-term limited duration plans” that do not have to comply with the consumer protections afforded under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On April 26, 2018, Families USA held a webinar about measures that states can take to protect health insurance consumers and markets from the expansion of sham short-term health plans.
As trusted members of their communities, community health workers (CHWs) have a proven track record of increasing access to preventive services, improving health outcomes, and even reducing costs. And by addressing the social determinants of health, CHWs can play a key role
in reducing health disparities. Despite their effectiveness, CHWs often lack sustainable sources of funding, preventing their more widespread integration into the health care system. For CHWs and advocates who want to establish more sustainable funding, Medicaid managed care offers one pathway.
As the largest single source of health insurance and coverage for behavioral health services in the country, Medicaid plays a pivotal role in addressing substance use disorder (SUD). Medicaid covers nearly 4 in 10 non-elderly adults in the country with opioid addiction. But this coverage could go further: at least 17 percent of opioid addicts are uninsured, a rate nearly 50 percent higher than the general population.
Racial discrimination in the United States is pervasive and affects health outcomes and access to health care on multiple levels—from the interpersonal, to the institutional, to deeper structural divides. Such ingrained racism creates significant barriers for people of color, making it harder for them to get equal access to jobs, housing, education, and health care services.
Since the Trump Administration took office, several states have asked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for approval to waive Medicaid requirements or add new ones through requests known as Medicaid Section 1115 waivers. View our timeline below of the different stages that occur before these requests get to CMS.