The beltway has been abuzz ever since President Obama announced he plans to hold a Health Care Summit between key Congressional leaders. Will Republicans attend? Will President Obama provide a health reform proposal? Will the Republicans provide their own proposal? If they do provide a proposal, will meet the criteria of meaningful health reform?
Examines the Affordable Care Act's requirement that states keep the same eligibility levels in Medicaid and CHIP until 2014 for adults and until 2019 for children.
Helping People with Long-Term Health Care Needs: Improving Access to Home- and Community-Based Services
Examines how the Affordable Care Act gives states an incentive to expand home- and community-based services in Medicaid for people who need long-term care.
Highlights the major changes the Affordable Care Act will make to health coverage and care, such as expanding Medicaid, creating health insurance marketplaces, and providing new consumer protections.
Many Americans believe that Medicaid is available to all citizens with low incomes. The assumption is that anyone who is "poor" can qualify for the program. Unfortunately, it's just not that simple.
This week, the Kaiser Family Foundation released a new state-by-state analysis showing that the federal government will assume all but a very small percentage of the cost to expand Medicaid, dramatically reducing the number of uninsured Americans at a bare minimal cost to the states.
For the past few weeks, Congress has worked on a jobs bill that includes a number of provisions to help Americans get back on their feet during this recession. Unfortunately, last week negotiators struggled to find the necessary votes to pass the jobs bill in the House. At the last minute, negotiators removed two key health care provisions that would have offered help to millions of low-income Americans and to jobless. The House approved the stripped down bill, 215-204.
Disparities among communities of color persist in our nation. People of color are more likely than whites to lack health insurance, to receive lower-quality care, and to experience worse health outcomes.
When it comes to implementing health reform, it turns out the old saying “the early bird gets the worm” sums it up pretty well.
Those of you who have followed health reform have probably heard a lot about Massachusetts’ historic health reform law that passed in 2006—what’s going well, what could be done better, and what it might mean for health reform implementation around the country. We’ve even blogged about it this month.