In 2014, Catherine Horine developed a persistent cough that would not go away. Within three months of first seeking treatment for the cough, even though her doctors had been unable to find a cause for her cough, they told her she would not live to see the end of the year without a lung transplant. At that time, Catherine was diagnosed with idiopathic bronchiolitis obliterans, a rare and irreversible disease that is extremely difficult to diagnose because its symptoms mimic chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The condition causes inflammation and blocks airways in the lungs.
Early experiences matter. They shape a child’s developmental trajectory and lifelong health and wellbeing. All too often children are exposed to adverse experiences such as abuse, living with a parent who suffers from mental illness or struggling with substance abuse, violence-in-their-home-or-community, or other challenging events.
In the past several weeks we have seen different types of abortion bans moving through state legislatures, and in some cases getting signed by governors into law. It is important to note that none of these bans have taken effect; abortion is still legal in all fifty states. But these bills point to a troubling trend in reproductive rights. The national conversation on abortion access seems to have swung wildly in the direction of the anti-choice movement.
From Trump administration block grant proposals, to work requirements in the federal courts, to the waiver restrictions faced in the Capitol hallways of West Virginia; Medicaid waivers are under scrutiny.
Speakers examine what's happening in the Trump administration and in the state capitols, as well as the hearings before US District Judge James Boasberg on work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky. You will also learn how West Virginia advocates stopped a work requirement proposal in their state.
The Utah Department of Medicaid released its much-anticipated proposal for a Section 1115 Medicaid waiver seeking a “per capita cap” – or a limit on federal spending – on major portions of its Medicaid program. If approved by the Trump administration, it would set a new precedent that could have catastrophic effects for state budgets and Medicaid programs in the future.
The Utah Senate approved a bill this week that would repeal and replace the voter-approved Medicaid expansion ballot initiative, Proposition 3, which passed with 54 percent of the vote in Utah’s election this past November. Proposition 3, if implemented, is poised to bring health care coverage to over 150,000 Utahns with annual incomes below $17,236 for an individual and $29,435 for a families of three.
Federal Judge Boasberg struck down work requirements for the Medicaid program in both Arkansas and Kentucky. This March 28th webinar discussed the Judge's ruling and what it means for the future of Medicaid.
Featured speakers include:
- Eliot Fishman, Senior Director of Health Policy, Families USA
- Sophia Tripoli, Director of Health Care Innovations, Families USA
The Administration’s proposed budget is in part a return to policies that Americans have overwhelmingly rejected. It proposes to gut core insurance protections, end the expansion of Medicaid to low income adults, and block grant the Medicaid program, cuts amounting to over a trillion dollars over ten years. But the budget also signals new and deeply concerning policy changes including mandatory new work documentation requirements in Medicaid, and increasing the cost of health insurance premiums for low income people in the non-group market.
The Trump administration final rule on public charge drastically changes the requirements for certain immigrants to enter the United States and/or become permanent residents. Most immigrants who are either entering the U.S. or applying for lawful permanent residency must show that they are not likely to become a “public charge” – that is, they will not be dependent on the U.S. government for their financial support. The administration’s expansion of public charge to include Medicaid and other health care programs will force families to choice between health care and being together.