Interview with Families USA's Story Bank Coordinator, Cate Bonacini: For over five years, Cate has been talking to consumers about their health care, helping to build and now manage Families USA’s story bank. That means spending hours on the phone talking to people about accessing and affording their health care and health coverage. In this Q&A, Cate talks about what she's been hearing since the 2016 election.
Join Families USA for a post-election webinar to discuss what the election results mean for health advocacy priorities in 2017 and beyond.
You'll hear from Families USA’s government affairs, policy, and campaign strategy experts sharing our immediate reaction to the election results and our analysis of the implications for health advocacy.
We will then describe our health advocacy priorities for our new president and members of Congress.
The uninsured rate is at an all-time low, as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made it possible for 20 million, and counting, to get covered and stay covered. Yet premium increases raise real concerns about the affordability of marketplace coverage in the 2017 plan year.
While the headlines focus on the areas of the country with the steepest increases, most consumers will not feel the hit of high premiums personally. Here are four reasons why
Communities of color, even once they have insurance, face barriers that can hinder access to those providers. Of those barriers, one of the most notable is the often limited availability of health care providers and facilities in communities of color. Today’s post outlines 10 tactics advocates can use to work with state and federal officials to help address these issues.
Despite a divided Congress in Washington, many state policymakers around the country, supported by advocates, reached across the aisle to make needed improvements to the health care system.
Governors, lawmakers, and regulators made strides to expand health coverage, protect consumers in the insurance market, and address rising prescription drug prices. Here are some of the highlights of the 2016 sessions through June 1 and the Families USA allies whose advocacy was critical to making them happen.
In addition to enrolling consumers in marketplace insurance, assisters can serve another valuable role: helping consumers register to vote. Applications for health coverage, whether through HealthCare.gov and state-based marketplaces, provide clients with access to voter registration, which makes it easy for assisters to help people register to vote. Here’s what assisters should know about voter registration and how they can help consumers navigate this process.
Section 1332 waivers can go into effect as early as January 2017, and advocates around the country have been watching to see what reforms states will propose. So far, two states—Vermont and Hawaii—have submitted proposals to the federal government that are now under review. Once HHS and Treasury deem the state’s application complete, they will post the applications for public comment. Here is the roundup of what states are requesting.
Before the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Don would give himself a pep talk every time he stepped on a ladder. Don isn’t clumsy or afraid of heights—his primary worry was getting injured and racking up medical bills while he was uninsured. As an owner of an exterior construction company, Don gets on ladders and performs other potentially hazardous activities at work almost every day. Without health insurance, Don doesn’t know how he would support his family of four if he got injured or sick.
In May, the Obama administration released new regulations that prohibit discrimination by health plans, health facilities, and health care programs. The rules implement Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, and build upon existing civil rights law. One important feature of this provision is that individuals who believe they have suffered discrimination when seeking health care can take action.