Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is a massive public health emergency facing the United States, costing tens of thousands of lives per year and touching every community. Over the past few months, Congress has prioritized addressing this crisis with hearings and legislation aimed at the opioids crisis in particular.
Congress and the Trump Administration Should Put Their Money Where Their Mouths Are on Gun Violence Research
Back in March, in the wake of just one in a long line of tragic and senseless mass shootings, Families USA organized a letter to Congress signed by more than 170 national and state organizations calling for an end to the “Dickey Amendment.” The Dickey Amendment, enacted by Congress in 1996, forbids any funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that “may be used to advocate or promote gun control.”
This infographic shows where states stand on Medicaid expansion. One of the most important--and popular--provisions of the Affordable Care Act is the expansion of health coverage to low-income families through the Medicaid program. In the states that expanded Medicaid, many of those who benefit are hard-working people in low-wage jobs that do not offer health insurance—like waiters and waitresses, sales clerks, cooks, and home health aides.
Here are basic facts about where states stand on Medicaid expansion, along with states to watch.
Much of the report’s media coverage has focused on the projected 15 percent premium increase for 2019 as a measure of the damage being done by the Trump administration and its Republican allies in their ongoing campaign to sabotage health insurance markets. In truth, this sabotage has imposed a much higher cost on millions of families in America.
Michigan lawmakers are debating a bill that jeopardizes the Medicaid coverage on which hundreds of thousands of low-income residents rely. While supporters claim the bill will protect people from losing coverage if they take care of family members who are sick or who have disabilities, a close read of the language suggests otherwise.
Third-party payment programs can improve affordability and increase enrollment for low-income consumers without triggering adverse selection.
This week, the Commonwealth Fund published my research report describing several successful programs, primarily local, that use hospital dollars to increase enrollment into marketplace coverage by lowering premium costs for low-income, uninsured consumers.
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.