Healthcare.gov is now open for business! Until December 15th, consumers can enroll in comprehensive health plans that will start on January 1st 2019. High-quality coverage purchased through healthcare.gov (or a state’s marketplace) includes protections for preexisting conditions and a robust set of essential health benefits like preventive services, prescription drugs, mental health care, and hospital coverage.
On November 6th, we saw a “Health Care Wave” sweep across the country altering the balance of power in Washington and across state capitols across the country. Exit polls revealed what we long suspected: health care was one of the most important issues on the minds of voters, and in particular people who voted for Democrats. Democrats, who needed 23 additional seats to retake the House of Representatives, have gained are on track to gain at least 35 seats.
Families USA, Community Catalyst, and over 45 national organizations representing health care stakeholders sent this letter to Congressional leadership, urging them to heed the strong message sent by the midterm elections and pursue an agenda that ensures the best health and health care are equally accessible and affordable to all. On November 6, voters from across the country and from all walks of life voted for high quality and affordable health care.
This webinar discusses the impact of the 2018 elections on health policy at the state and national levels and how the election outcomes are likely to affect health care access for families. It specifically assesses the election implications for the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, prescription drugs, and other health care issues for consumers.
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New Guidance on Section 1332 waivers, issued in October 2018, can undermine key consumer protections and pave the way for federal dollars to subsidize plans that provide few benefits. The public can comment on the federal guidance through December 24, 2018. People should also find out if their states are developing waiver proposals, and comment on those to both the state and federal governments. This analysis explains what issues to watch.
The new Families USA report A Case for Solidarity: Common Challenges Involving Health and Health Care in the United States reveals that, among both whites and people of color, in rural and urban areas alike, working-class women are particularly likely to experience serious problems with poor health and unaffordable health care.
As the 2018 elections approach, now is the time for people to speak out to candidates about the kind of health care system they want, and to hold candidates accountable for delivering on it. Whether at a town hall, in the media, or one-on-one, voters can hold candidates for federal, state, and local offices accountable for working to protect health care, instead of tearing it down.
Health care is a top-of-mind issue for voters. In 2017, people across the country feared losing their health care due to tumultuous efforts by Republicans in Congress to repeal insurance.
Does Your Candidate Actually Support Protections for People With Preexisting Conditions? The Three-Part Test
How can you know the truth about a candidate’s support for preexisting condition protections? Families USA has developed a simple three-part test to identify which candidates actually support people with preexisting conditions and which ones don’t.
On October 10, 2018, the Trump administration published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would make it much harder for immigrants to obtain visas (including visas to study or work in the U.S.), extend their visas, or adjust their status to become lawful permanent residents.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) added 20 million people to the ranks of the insured, comprising our country’s largest coverage expansion since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid more than 50 years ago. But millions still remain without coverage, giving states an opportunity to build on the ACA’s progress by pioneering innovative strategies to cover the remaining uninsured, often while stabilizing insurance markets and lowering premiums. In this report, we describe seven state options to achieve these goals, typically building on efforts already under way in vanguard states.