This advocacy agenda offers options for improving health and health care at the state level during the 2019 session. It includes state policy options to consider in 2019 regarding private insurance coverage, Medicaid, oral health coverage, health equity, prescription drugs, surprise medical bills, and health care value.
In January 2019, Families USA submitted these comments to the administration on its Medicaid Managed Care Proposed Rule. Our comments focus on proposed changes to sections related to information requirements, network adequacy, Medicaid managed care quality rating system/quality review, and appeals and grievance processes.
Helping Our Children Grow and Thrive: Leveraging the Health Care System to Prevent and Mitigate Adverse Childhood Experiences and Advance Equity in Childhood
As a nation, it is critical to our collective future that we ensure that all children have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Yet early adversity, toxic stress, and trauma are erecting lifelong barriers for many children, jeopardizing their healthy development, their ability to self-actualize, and their long-term well-being. The evidence is clear that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are widespread, and have dramatic, detrimental, and lasting effects on the health and wellbeing of children that can persist into adulthood.
This paper lays out a suite of the most important policies and strategies to leverage the health care system to address ACEs resulting from the combined effects of racial and other inequities and experiences of early adversity on health. It is intended to guide the work of national and state policymakers, state Medicaid agencies, health system leaders, and individual providers.
Leveraging the Health Care System to Prevent and Mitigate ACEs and Advance Health Equity in Childhood
All children deserve the opportunity to achieve their full potential, but children of color and other marginalized groups are impacted by deeply entrenched structural and systemic economic, racial, and ethnic inequities that increase exposure to adverse experiences and disproportionately affect their health. This webinar will discuss policies and strategies to leverage the health care system to address ACEs resulting from the combined effects of racial and other inequities and experiences of early adversity on health, so that all children, and their families, may thrive.
Open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, Children Health Insurance Program, Qualified Health Plan Issuers in Federal Facilitated Exchanges and Enrollee and Beneficiary Resources Regarding Privacy and Security
Families USA recently commented on a proposed CMS regulation aimed at promoting the interoperability of health information technology (health IT).
The Administration’s proposed budget is in part a return to policies that Americans have overwhelmingly rejected. It proposes to gut core insurance protections, end the expansion of Medicaid to low income adults, and block grant the Medicaid program, cuts amounting to over a trillion dollars over ten years. But the budget also signals new and deeply concerning policy changes including mandatory new work documentation requirements in Medicaid, and increasing the cost of health insurance premiums for low income people in the non-group market.
Early experiences matter. They shape a child’s developmental trajectory and lifelong health and wellbeing. All too often children are exposed to adverse experiences such as abuse, living with a parent who suffers from mental illness or struggling with substance abuse, violence-in-their-home-or-community, or other challenging events.