Health Action 2012 got off to a great start with a star-studded opening plenary that included HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, health policy expert Stuart Altman, and Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Donna Edwards (D-MD). As if that wasn't enough excitement, we were lucky enough to be visited by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley for lunch.
Communities of color are affected disproportionately in infant mortality rates, in diabetes deaths, in obesity rates, and in preventable deaths. On Friday morning, Dr. David Satcher, the 16th U.S. surgeon general; Janet Murguía, president and CEO of National Council of La Raza; and Toni Lewis, chair of SEIU health care division joined Families USA conference attendees to talk about the importance of making sure health care disparities are part of the discussion during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Provides state-level data showing why hospitals are important to residents and state economies—and why Medicaid funding is essential to hospitals' bottom lines.
Even though she'd had a heart attack and several "mini-strokes" and couldn't walk, my mother-in-law was able to live in her own apartment until she died at age 90. That was important to her. She was able to do that because she had round-the-clock care provided through an agency that contracted with her state's Medicaid program.
Key Issues in the Final and Interim Final Rules on Establishing Exchanges and Expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act
Summarizes key points in the final rules on the marketplaces (also known as exchanges) and the Medicaid expansion, as well as provisions that are interim final and open for comment.
Late in March, the House adopted a budget proposal that calls for the dismantling of Medicare and Medicaid as well as the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and its critical consumer protections. In a report released last week, Families USA took a closer look at the Republican proposal.
The House is expected to vote today on a Republican proposal to slash health care spending for low-income and middle-class families. Unfortunately, cutting services for America's families is becoming a familiar refrain of House Republicans.
On April 13, 2012, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) published a report on the private market for long-term care insurance. The purpose of the report was to explore the reasons why people don't purchase long-term care insurance, but it also served as a reminder of how important Medicaid is for people who need long-term care.
Helps advocates counter arguments for increasing out-of-pocket costs for people with Medicaid.