President Trump is trying to rip apart our health care by going to court to eliminate the Affordable Care Act in its entirety. If the Trump lawsuit is successful, it will strip coverage from millions of Americans, raise premiums, end protections for people with pre-existing conditions, put insurance companies back in charge, and force seniors to pay more for prescription drugs. The result will be to — as the Trump Administration itself admitted in Court — unleash “chaos” in our entire health care system.
In September 2016, Zoe Williams got the text message that no parent wants to get: her 3-year old child had fallen in the park and was severely injured. Before panic could takeover, Zoe rushed to get her child medical care. After first going to an in-network urgent care center, she followed the advice of her physician and took an ambulance to Denver Health hospital. There was fear her child may have had a spine injury, and she would do anything possible to get the care needed. In the world of parenting, she did everything right.
The Cadillac Tax is a classic “policy zombie,” retaining support despite a transformed environment. In today’s world, policymakers should incentivize employers to strengthen rather than cut their support for workers’ and dependents’ health insurance.
Families USA submitted this letter in response to The Office of Management and Budget’s request for comment on how the various alternative consumer price indexes produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) would influence the estimation of the Official Poverty Measure (OPM).
In this June 18, 2019 testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), Frederick Isasi, Executive Director at Families USA, discusses the Committee’s bipartisan draft legislation, the Lower Health Care Costs Act.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has proposed a new rule to severely weaken the Affordable Care Act’s prohibitions against discrimination in health care, and to erase references to protections against discrimination by health care programs on the basis of gender identity or sex stereotype in regulations. These protections are provided under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act and its regulations.
In this June 12, 2019 testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, Claire McAndrew, Director of Campaigns and Partnerships at Families USA, breaks down the problem with surprise medical bills and potential solutions under consideration by the committee.
Families USA led 45 national organizations in the attached letter urging the Senate to swiftly take up recently House-passed proposals in H.R. 986 and H.R. 987 that improve health care coverage and access and undo administrative sabotage.
Families USA files amicus in Columbus et al. v. Trump (“Take Care”) case
A coalition of cities (Columbus, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Chicago, and Philadelphia) and two individuals filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administrations' many rules and administrative actions that sabotage the Affordable Care Act. The suit alleges that President Trump’s actions violate the President’s constitutional duty to “take care that the laws [of the United States] be faithfully executed.”
This webinar highlights current efforts to add oral health coverage to Medicare, improve Medicaid dental coverage for adults, and discusses how advocates can get involved in bringing attention to the need for Oral Health for All.