This blog’s readers know that President Trump’s termination of federal cost-sharing-reduction (CSR) payments in late 2017 had unexpected effects. Intended as a deadly blow to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) health insurance exchanges, the step instead provided increased financial assistance to many low- and moderate-income families. This yielded coverage gains that offset losses triggered by other administration policies.
Broderick Crawford has been working in health care for over 30 years and is a dedicated community health leader focused on improving the lives the people in his community. Our Partnerships Coordinator, Raven Gomez, spoke with Broderick about his work, health equity in health system transformation, and insights for fellow advocates.
The drug pricing system in this country is broken. Lifesaving medicines are frequently priced out of reach, resulting in nearly one third of Americans reporting that they have not taken their medication as prescribed due to cost. Despite an overwhelming need and broad public support, very little substantive action has been taken on the federal level. With prescription drug prices continuing to rise, many Americans are left asking, “Will anything be done?” Statehouses across the nation may hold the answer to their question.
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.
One of the strangest chapters in the Affordable Care Act’s history began a few hours after midnight on October 13, 2017. At 2:36 am, a Presidential tweet announced the end of cost-sharing-reduction (CSR) payments to insurers: “The Democrats [sic] ObamaCare is imploding. Massive subsidy payments to their pet insurance companies has [sic] stopped. Dems should call me to fix!” Later that morning, officials at the Department of Health and Human Services explained that the federal government would soon stop reimbursing insurers to cover the cost of giving low-income consumers legally-required reductions in out-of-pocket cost-sharing.
Achieving Health Equity for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders requires recognizing their diversity and disaggregating data.
Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage month is an opportunity to focus on the many contributions these communities have made to build our nation over the generations, and their continued role in our future prosperity.
Anyone with compassion for others will find the anti-abortion efforts and rhetoric underway in Alabama and other states disgraceful. Having a woman walk into a health clinic or doctor’s office and not being able to receive the care she needs or being able to make her own reproductive choices is profoundly wrong, problematic and a huge step in the wrong direction for the future of health care.
In the past several weeks we have seen different types of abortion bans moving through state legislatures, and in some cases getting signed by governors into law. It is important to note that none of these bans have taken effect; abortion is still legal in all fifty states. But these bills point to a troubling trend in reproductive rights. The national conversation on abortion access seems to have swung wildly in the direction of the anti-choice movement.
Maryland’s Easy Enrollment Health Insurance Program: An Innovative Approach to Covering the Eligible Uninsured
The threatened repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), major regulatory changes that affect ACA implementation, and a likely 2020 debate over Medicare for all have understandably captured the health policy community’s attention. As a result, relatively little discussion has recently focused on a basic problem that loomed quite large in the past: enrolling the eligible uninsured into available coverage.