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.
At the end of July, health care supporters prevailed over lawmakers who sought to pass destructive legislation that would have stripped millions of people of their health coverage and cut Medicaid for seniors, children, and people with disabilities.
Our country owes much of this victory to advocates and constituents in key states who spent the past eight months organizing to protect our care from this harmful bill. Working with Families USA and other national partners, state consumer health advocates used an array of tactics that made an enormous contribution to the campaign to protect the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid. Through rallies, town halls, meetings, press and social media engagement, calls and letters to Congress, state-focused policy analysis, and other critical tactics, these state organizations raised public awareness of what was at stake and put pressure on lawmakers to oppose the harmful legislation.
Patrick Willard, Families USA’s Health Action Director, responds to the good news that Governor Bill Walker will take executive action to expand Medicaid in Alaska. Now, all eyes are on Utah to extend health coverage to its moderate- and low-income residents.
The Supreme Court, in the King v. Burwell case, will soon decide whether millions of people in 34 states will lose premium tax credits they rely on to make health insurance affordable. Without those tax credits, most of the people affected would be unable to buy insurance and would become uninsured.
The recent approval of Alaska’s 1332 waiver to fund a reinsurance system shows an approach that other states could also take under current law to lower premiums in their marketplaces and better distribute the costs of the very sick.
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.
ACA opponents often complain about deductibles in the law’s health insurance marketplaces. But under the Senate bill health care repeal bill, deductibles would skyrocket for most marketplace enrollees.
Our analysis of HHS data shows that, with all states combined, deductibles would rise greatly for between 7.7 million and 8.5 million out of the 11.1 million people who received Marketplace coverage in 2016—between 69 percent and 77 percent of all Marketplace enrollees.
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 Alaskans at risk. Here’s what Alaska stands to lose if the new president and Congress move forward to upend our health care system:
Estimates the number of Americans who die prematurely because they don't have health insurance, has state-level breakdowns by week, month, and year.
This infographic shows the populations—uninsured adults, parents with dependent children, working but uninsured adults, and uninsured veterans and their spouses—that would benefit from extending Medicaid.