On March 26, 2019, the chairs of three House committees with jurisdiction over core health care issues jointly introduced legislation that would lower health care costs for millions of people. The "Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions and Making Health Care More Affordable Act of 2019," would: increase financial assistance for families who buy their own insurance, without help from Medicaid, Medicare, or an employer; protect people with preexisting conditions by repealing Trump administration policies that sabotage the safe operation of insurance markets; and take other steps to help consumers understand and sign up for coverage.
State health plans for families are under scrutiny – in the courts, in the states, and in Washington. It is hard to think of a time when the Medicaid program was getting so much attention at one time outside of the halls of Congress.
The Trump administration’s efforts to restrict the health insurance program for America’s most vulnerable families are raising the profile of Medicaid and those who rely upon it for health care. Within weeks decisions are expected on the following:
From Trump administration block grant proposals, to work requirements in the federal courts, to the waiver restrictions faced in the Capitol hallways of West Virginia; Medicaid waivers are under scrutiny.
Speakers examine what's happening in the Trump administration and in the state capitols, as well as the hearings before US District Judge James Boasberg on work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky. You will also learn how West Virginia advocates stopped a work requirement proposal in their state.
Eight in ten Americans say the cost of prescription drugs is “unreasonable.” This is a problem driven by high launch prices and price increases, which are rooted in drug corporations’ monopoly power and perverse incentives within the pharmaceutical supply chain.
Throughout our nation’s history, the strength of our country has been deeply rooted in the daily acts of service that so many people render to their communities and their loved ones. Yet for others, the right to realize their full potential, as citizens and as unique individuals, is endangered by the overwhelming limitations imposed upon them by poor health.
In 2014, Catherine Horine developed a persistent cough that would not go away. Within three months of first seeking treatment for the cough, even though her doctors had been unable to find a cause for her cough, they told her she would not live to see the end of the year without a lung transplant. At that time, Catherine was diagnosed with idiopathic bronchiolitis obliterans, a rare and irreversible disease that is extremely difficult to diagnose because its symptoms mimic chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The condition causes inflammation and blocks airways in the lungs.
Not measuring and paying for equity risks worsening disparities and it is a key missed opportunity for reducing disparities. This issue brief describes actionable opportunities at the state and federal level to measure and pay for equity.
It took Zoey Salsbury six years to get an incorrect diagnosis for her constant pelvic and joint pain.
The first time she mentioned her pain to her doctor, during her freshman year of high school, her pain was dismissed as “growing pains.” She remembers thinking, “Well this growing thing is absolute [garbage] if this is how it feels.”
Broad bipartisan majorities in the Maryland Senate and House, by margins of 46-0 and 119-12, have approved legislation to establish a simple and seamless system for obtaining health coverage. Under the bill, an uninsured Marylander can start the enrollment process by simply checking a box on their state income tax return. That single step will let the state’s health care exchange determine eligibility for free or low-cost health insurance, based on information in the tax return. Those who qualify for Medicaid will be enrolled automatically.