This week is shaping up to be an important one in the legal battle over the Affordable Care Act. Tuesday's decision from the DC Circuit Court of Appeals is a big win for supporters of the law. It's the third appellate court to reject challenges to the law. In June, the Sixth Circuit upheld the law.
You may remember when Federal Judge Roger Vinson ruled that the entire health care law was unconstitutional earlier this year. His logic went something like this: Because he found the individual responsibility provision unconstitutional (apparently, because he thought health insurance is not interstate commerce), then the entire law must be thrown out. Experts across the ideological spectrum agreed that Judge Vinson was severely overreaching. After the ruling, the Obama Administration appealed Judge Vinson’s decision. And now, we enter round two.
Sometimes you see a story that is so touching, so heartbreaking, that you simply have to share it. Last week, our friends at PICO sent out an email sharing the story of Marlene Kahn, an advocate from Missouri who made a touching sacrifice to defend health care rights for seniors, children, and people with disabilities.
Please read Marlene's story and get involved in the fight to protect this critically important program.
We are a huge and diverse country, filled with people of all colors, shapes, and sizes. We have wildly divergent backgrounds and interests. But there are some things nearly everyone in America likes:
Weeks before the early August deadline to negotiate a deficit reduction package in Washington, and in the midst of state struggles to balance their budgets, a landmark study was released today that unequivocally demonstrates the value of the Medicaid program.
Medicaid covers millions of Americans. It makes sure children can see their doctors, seniors and people with disabilities can get long-term care services, and Americans with serious health conditions can get the care they need. For many, Medicaid coverage is the difference between life and death.
Just when you think that all the possible variations of Medicaid cuts have been laid out—straight cuts, spending caps, converting Medicaid to a block grant—something new pops up. This time it’s an idea from the Administration, and it isn’t a good one: It’s what is known as a “blended FMAP.” Yet another acronym in a sea of them, this one is very important to Medicaid—FMAP stands for the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage, the share of Medicaid costs paid by the federal government.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) made his views on the recently released House budget resolution clear on Fox News Sunday when he said, “We are in a situation where we have a safety net in place in this country for people who frankly don’t need one.”
November is National Caregivers Month—a time to recognize and celebrate caregivers for their important role in our lives. There are professional caregivers, but there are also about 52 million unpaid caregivers—spouses, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, and others who take care of loved ones in the home.
Two years ago, President Obama signed the Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA), which extended the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and provided much-needed resources to help states enroll eligible children. CHIP, along with Medicaid, provides health coverage for children in low- and moderate-income families.