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.
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.
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.
Monday marks the 47th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid being signed into law – two of the most vital and successful programs in our nation’s history! For nearly five decades, millions of seniors and low-income families across the country have relied on these laws for basic health care coverage. However, as budget battles and party politics intensify across the country, the attacks on these programs are escalating.
As we celebrate Medicaid’s 47th Anniversary, we must remember that we still have a lot at stake. Conservatives are arguing that low-income people are better without Medicaid! You heard that right: They’re claiming that having Medicaid is worse than being uninsured! But a new Harvard study shows how wrong they are. It found that in three states that expanded Medicaid to people who were uninsured, the death rates declined by an average of 6 percent a year.
In the weeks following the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, much of the attention surrounding the law has focused on the expansion of Medicaid. The Court made the expansion optional, and many conservative governors quickly stated their resistance to adopting the Medicaid expansion. Why, though?