A new report released last week confirms the findings that enrollment experts emphasized on our teleconference with reporters last Wednesday: We still have a ways to go in getting “hard-to-reach” populations enrolled in health coverage.
Oral health care is vital to a child’s overall health. This summer, the U.S. Treasury Department proposed a change in the rules for premium tax credits that, if adopted, will make children’s dental care more affordable.
A new bill in Congress offers a vision for what Congress could achieve if it were truly committed to ending health disparities. In the current political environment, we don’t anticipate Congress will act any time soon on the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2016 (HEAA), sponsored by Rep. Robin Kelly of Illinois.
But in the meantime, health equity advocates can look to the HEAA for ideas about concrete policy solutions they could potentially pursue through other avenues, including state legislative or regulatory action.
Federal Standardized Health Insurance Plans Could Help Improve Access to Care without Raising Premiums
Health insurance companies should offer marketplace plans that make the cost of basic outpatient care—like primary care, specialty care, and prescription drugs—affordable to consumers. This report shows that the new federal standardized silver plans will help consumers by covering this care before people meet their deductible.
On Monday, the Obama administration issued sweeping new standards for health insurers that operate Medicaid managed care plans for the states. The new rules are a big deal in part because they affect so many people: There are more than 72 million people enrolled in Medicaid.
The uninsured rate is at an all-time low, as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made it possible for 20 million, and counting, to get covered and stay covered. Yet premium increases raise real concerns about the affordability of marketplace coverage in the 2017 plan year.
While the headlines focus on the areas of the country with the steepest increases, most consumers will not feel the hit of high premiums personally. Here are four reasons why
Learn the steps you should take before you go to your state’s health insurance marketplace to shop for and compare plans and choose the best plan for you and your family. Includes directions in English and Spanish.
A set of principles laying out Families USA’s vision for health system transformation that achieves the triple aim of better care, lower cost, and better health. Health care stakeholders can use these to inform policy decisions.
The 2016 elections will have profound implications for the health care advocacy landscape in the year to come.
Health Action 2017 – next February 16-18 – will take place against the backdrop of a new political environment. Washington will be adjusting to a changing of the guard as the new president is sworn in and a new Congress deliberates the direction of the future of health care.
On the first day of Health Action 2016, members of Congress who advocate for affordable health care on Capitol Hill addressed the audience. We also heard from Cecile Richards. Speakers reminded us about the collective action that fueled the passage of the Affordable Care Act—and that this same type of collective action will be necessary to tackle the health care and coverage challenges that remain.
Scroll down to read some highlights and search #HA2016 to join the conversation on Twitter.