Today, we’re kicking off a series of blogs that examine the intersection between health and technology. Why? In many ways, the U.S. health care system has been remarkably conservative when it comes to technology. We know that the health care field is often quick to adopt innovative treatments for disease and illness.
One aspect of the Affordable Care Act that has flown under the radar is its potential to increase employment in the health care sector for everyone, including people of color. Currently, health care employees comprise 12 percent of the labor force, making this sector the largest employer in the economy. The Affordable Care Act will only increase this share, not just because the newly insured will boost the demand for health care, but also because many who already have insurance will likely seek more preventive care than they did before.
There is a growing childhood epidemic in this country: Tooth decay is now the most common chronic illness among children. The effects of this epidemic are wide-ranging. Children lose 51 million school hours each year due to dental-related illness. And a study in southern California found that untreated dental disease may also interfere with children’s ability to learn: The study found that children with reported tooth pain were four times more likely than their peers to have lower than average grades.
This month, Minnesota will be the first state to submit its blueprint for a Basic Health program to the federal government for approval. This is the final blog in our series encouraging states to consider Basic Health as a strategy for providing health coverage to low-income residents.
Here, state advocates share the main factors that contributed to their success in moving Basic Health forward in Minnesota and New York.
The Obama administration announced on Monday that 115,000 consumers will lose their health coverage under the Affordable Care Act on October 1 because they did not submit the proper paperwork proving their legal immigration or citizenship status.
An additional 363,000 consumers may see their financial assistance affected because they did not accurately report their income. More than eight in 10 people who applied for health coverage in the federally facilitated marketplace qualified to receive this financial assistance (also known as premium tax credits or premium subsidies).
Having Medicaid is better than being uninsured—a lot better. But House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s recently released report, War on Poverty: 50 Years Late, claims otherwise.
The report, issued by the House Budget Committee, is a critique of the anti-poverty programs initiated by President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” initiative 50 years earlier. Medicaid is among the programs with which Ryan finds fault. However, the analysis of Medicaid skews much of the data on the program.
We all know that if you ask the wrong questions, you’ll get the wrong answers. And nowhere is this more important than in the health insurance marketplace, as consumers make decisions about which health plan to buy or renew.
As the second open enrollment period in the health insurance marketplace approaches, navigators and assisters can encourage consumers to follow the advice of our popular infographic: Stop, shop, and enroll.
Basic Health Plan Final Rules: States Can Move Forward to Improve Coverage for Lower-Income Consumers
Basic Health Plans are an option under the Affordable Care Act that allows states to provide—as a more affordable alternative to marketplace plans—public health coverage that is the same or similar to Medicaid and CHIP to people with incomes between 133 and 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Because Basic Health Plans can be the same or similar to Medicaid, some low-income people with fluctuating incomes can stay in one health program with the same provider network instead of cycling back and forth between Medicaid and the marketplace due to their changing incomes.
We asked our policy experts to share their picks for 2014’s must-read—or, in some cases, must-see—articles, reports, videos, and more. See more “best of” lists from our teams working on health system transformation and marketplace health insurance.
For all of us working to ensure that consumers get enrolled and stay enrolled in affordable, accessible, quality health insurance plans, it’s often easy to get lost in the policy of it all. Here at Families USA, we strive to identify ways to translate the policies and procedures that are essential to the enrollment process into a language that makes sense to consumers.
We asked our policy experts to share their picks for 2014’s must-read—or, in some cases, must-see—articles, reports, videos, and more. See more “best of” lists from our teams working on health system transformation and enrollment.
The Private Insurance team at Families USA focuses on making sure that health plans are affordable and can meet enrollees’ needs. We advocate for reasonable insurance premiums and cost-sharing requirements, benefits that cover the care people need, adequate provider networks, and other consumer protections to ensure that the private health insurance market works for consumers. With that lens, these are our must-read picks for 2014.