Across numerous medical fields, professionals agree that good oral health is critical to overall health, and an important component of treating or managing many diseases. The Clinical Consensus on Medically Necessary Dental Care compiles the professional, clinical perspectives of numerous medical organizations about the importance and relevance of oral and dental health to the management and treatment of diseases within their respective disciplines.
Final “Public Charge” Rule Discriminates against Lawfully Present Immigrants and Visa Applicants, Harming Health
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a final rule, scheduled to go into effect October 15, 2019, that takes direct aim at middle- and lower-income immigrants who are lawfully residing in the United States, or who seek visas to come to the U.S. Under the new rule, DHS will determine whether, given the “totality of circumstances,” people are “more likely than not” to receive certain public benefits over the course of their lifetime; if DHS finds that they are likely to receive those benefits, they may be denied lawful permanent residency or visas.
For legal and political reasons, the Trump administration has characterized using Medicaid waivers to impose work reporting requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries as experimental, relying on Section 1115 of the Affordable Care Act. Similarly, states proposing Medicaid Section 1115 waivers to add work reporting requirements have hypothesized gains in self-sufficiency, increased employment, and improved health. These are dubious claims, and many observers saw these so-called experimental projects for what they were: an attempt to kick people off Medicaid.
On August 13, Families USA sent this letter to Capitol Hill offering support for legislation to end “surprise billing,” along with specific recommendations for lawmakers as they consider legislation this fall.
Comments on Trump Administration Proposed Section 1557 Rules: Nondiscrimination in Health and Health Education Programs or Activities
Families USA submitted comments to urge HHS to withdraw the Trump administration’s proposed rule to undermine nondiscrimination protections under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.
The Trump administration final rule on public charge drastically changes the requirements for certain immigrants to enter the United States and/or become permanent residents. Most immigrants who are either entering the U.S. or applying for lawful permanent residency must show that they are not likely to become a “public charge” – that is, they will not be dependent on the U.S. government for their financial support. The administration’s expansion of public charge to include Medicaid and other health care programs will force families to choice between health care and being together.
The Trump administration says it is working to improve health care; yet, it’s public charge rule will rip access to health care from the grasp of millions of individuals. Many more will choose not to seek care because of fear.
In May 2019, Consumers First released its Call to Action which identified six underlying distortions in the health care system that need immediate policy action. Those six focus areas are:
The Trump administration announced it will not provide 90/10 federal funding for partial Medicaid expansions. The decision will have an immediate impact in Utah, where state lawmakers adopted a partial expansion in the wake of the ballot initiative win for Medicaid coverage for adults.
This webinar discusses this critical decision and what's next for states.
Update: Governor Gary R. Herbert's blog - "MEDICAID EXPANSION: WHAT’S NEXT FOR UTAH?"
Affordable oral health care is necessary for all of us to stay healthy and pain-free. This August recess, use this toolkit help your networks understand that any effort to reform the U.S. health coverage system must include comprehensive oral health coverage to fully improve American’s health and reduce health costs.