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.
This brief summarizes 2019 state legislative activity on surprise medical bills.
This summary outlines significant policies that advanced in 2019 addressing prescription drug prices in states all over the country. Advocates and lawmakers can gain a sense of what has been made possible this legislative session, and gain insight into what could come next to tackle high drug prices.