For generations, community leaders have seen how valuable community health workers (CHWs), promotores, community health representatives, and the many other variations of community-based peer support workers can be. As health equity advocates, we know that CHWs truly understand the communities they serve and have their trust, so they can effectively provide culturally centered and language accessible services and supports tailored to their needs.
As the 2018 elections approach, now is the time for people to speak out to candidates about the kind of health care system they want, and to hold candidates accountable for delivering on it. Whether at a town hall, in the media, or one-on-one, voters can hold candidates for federal, state, and local offices accountable for working to protect health care, instead of tearing it down.
Health care is a top-of-mind issue for voters. In 2017, people across the country feared losing their health care due to tumultuous efforts by Republicans in Congress to repeal insurance.
How the Midterm Elections Could Impact People in America with Preexisting Conditions: National and Key State Fact Sheets
This midterm election season, some candidates want to take away health insurance protections for people with preexisting conditions. This would allow health insurers to return to abusive practices that were widespread before protections against preexisting condition discrimination were in place. These national and key state fact sheets explain how many people would be affected if insurers are once again permitted to flatly refuse coverage, increase premiums, or deny treatment to people with preexisting conditions.
Health Coverage Matters for Children: The Role of Medicaid in the Healthy Development of America's Children
Access to health care is crucial to children’s health and development. When children have health insurance, they are more likely to get the health care they need. For more than 40 percent of children in the U.S.—approximately 37 million children—Medicaid is the health insurance they rely on. Another 8.9 million children are enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medicaid’s sister program. The success of Medicaid and CHIP is largely responsible for the fact that 95 percent of children under 18 have some form of health coverage.
As advocates engage with local and state candidates in the months leading up to the election in November, we urge them to ask candidates these key questions on their commitment to protecting consumers’ access to health care.
NOTE: On September 12th, Governor Hutchinson announced that 4,353 individuals have been locked out of the Medicaid program due to a failure to report work hours. An additional 16,357 people failed to meet the reporting requirement last month and may be subject to disenrollment in the months to come.
Community Health Workers in Delivery and Payment Transformation: How New Delivery and Payment Models Can Incentivize and Support the Use of CHWs
The current attention on implementing delivery and payment reforms to improve the quality of care and health outcomes while reducing costs creates an important opportunity for greater integration of CHWs into the health care system and for providing more sustainable financing for CHWs. In this brief, we detail how health system transformation initiatives in Vermont and Oregon align with the value that CHWs provide and how these initiatives can incentivize CHW integration.
This brief highlights the value of integrating CHWs into maternal and child health care delivery to effectively address a range of health care concerns and conditions for children and families, offering examples of specific initiatives that are promising or have demonstrated impact in improving health care and health outcomes for children of color.
Washington, D.C.—On Tuesday, September 18, Families USA held a press telebriefing to discuss what’s at stake for Medicaid in the upcoming November elections. The call included leaders of Medicaid expansion ballot initiatives and a review of key state elections that may affect Medicaid expansions and waiver proposals.