The health reform debate is rounding the corner and barreling towards the finish line-signing the bill into law. However, before we reach this momentous end, there are a few more procedural hurdles to overcome. The most daunting of them will be merging the House and Senate bills into a single piece of legislation that will be able to receive a majority vote in both chambers and to be signed into law by President Obama.
With the possibility of an expanded Medicaid population imminent, how will newly-eligible people receive care? Will there be enough health care providers and facilities to treat them?
Deborah Kilstein from the Association for Community Affiliated Plans, Claudine Swartz from the National Association of Public Hospitals, and Phil Villers from Families USA, along with over 40 advocates from across the country, tackled this tough subject, and explored innovative strategies to increase access to care.
A year ago, President Obama signed the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) into law. As we look back on the impact of this new legislation over the past year, it is obvious that we have much to celebrate. CHIPRA made vast improvements to kid's coverage and access to care.
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?
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.