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.
Comparing Consumers’ Window-Shopping Experiences in Health Insurance Marketplace Websites: An Analysis
This graphic was produced as part of a report that analyzes how effectively all 16 state-run health insurance marketplace websites (including D.C.) and the federal healthcare.og site allow consumers to gather basic information about different health plans before having to enter personal information and create an account to apply for a specific plan.
Presents new national and state data showing how cutting Medicaid would harm seniors, people with disabilities, their families, state workers, and the long-term care infrastructure.
With a new president and Congress, the health care gains made throughout the last six years face their greatest threat yet. Congress has voted more than 60 times to roll back the historic progress that has been made to expand health coverage to millions of people in this country and to improve coverage for those who already had it. These proposed changes will put the health—and lives—of countless Minnesotans at risk. Here’s what Minnesota stands to lose if the new president and Congress move forward to upend our health care system:
State lawmakers kept returning to the topic of 1332 waivers during the annual Legislative Summit of the National Conference of State Legislatures in Seattle last week. No fewer than four of the NCSL Health and Human Services sessions touched on the state innovation waiver options that will become available in 2017. But while the 1332 waivers were a hot topic, it does not appear legislators are looking to embrace big changes anytime soon.
Estimates the number of Americans who die prematurely because they don't have health insurance, has state-level breakdowns by week, month, and year.
Evaluating the Consumer Window-Shopping Experience in Health Insurance Marketplace Websites: A Comparative Analysis
Find out which elements make websites consumer-friendly when shopping for health insurance in the marketplace.
This 50-state infographic series features state-specific data on how many people will be able to receive financial assistance for health insurance.
Discusses the gaps in the current health coverage system in each state and explains how the Affordable Care Act will fill those gaps and help state residents.