Issue Brief
June 2018

How Medicaid Protects Children with Special Health Care Needs

Half of U.S. children with special health care needs, nearly 7 million children, rely on Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for health insurance to cover some or all of their medical care. Medicaid and CHIP cover 48 percent of children with special health care needs. CHIP, which covers low- to moderate-income children above the Medicaid income limit, is administered by states sometimes as a separate program, but often through state Medicaid programs. This issue brief explores why Medicaid plays a unique role in serving children with special health care needs. 

June 6, 2018

Protecting Medicaid in Kentucky: Q&A with Emily Beauregard

Kentucky’s successful Medicaid expansion is in jeopardy. The Trump administration approved the state’s request to impose work requirements on people who get health coverage through Medicaid which would lead to people being kicked off the program. 

May 31, 2018

Congress and the Trump Administration Should Put Their Money Where Their Mouths Are on Gun Violence Research

Shawn Gremminger

Senior Director of Federal Affairs

Back in March, in the wake of just one in a long line of tragic and senseless mass shootings, Families USA organized a letter to Congress signed by more than 170 national and state organizations calling for an end to the “Dickey Amendment.” The Dickey Amendment, enacted by Congress in 1996, forbids any funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that “may be used to advocate or promote gun control.”

April 20, 2018

A Culture of Racial Discrimination Is Incompatible with a Culture of Health

Elena Sanchez Thorpe

Racial discrimination in the United States is pervasive and affects health outcomes and access to health care on multiple levels—from the interpersonal, to the institutional, to deeper structural divides. Such ingrained racism creates significant barriers for people of color, making it harder for them to get equal access to jobs, housing, education, and health care services.

April 3, 2018

Taking on High Prescription Drug Costs in Illinois: Q&A with Rep. Will Guzzardi

One Illinois legislator is taking action so that residents in his state will no longer have to suffer without recourse when generic drug manufacturers engage in the practice of price gouging. Families USA has been proud to work with State Representative Will Guzzardi from Illinois’ 39th District on HB 4900, legislation that Rep. Guzzardi introduced in the state legislature to create generic drug pricing fairness and stop price gouging in Illinois.

Here Families USA interviews Rep. Guzzardi on how high prescription drug prices hurt Illinois families, and how HB 4900 will help make drugs more affordable in the state.

March 30, 2018

Troubling Trends for Oral Health in Medicaid Waivers

Today, Medicaid faces unique threats, and these threats are happening largely below the radar screen. So far, we have succeeded in averting multiple attempts to erode Medicaid as we know it through federal legislation, but efforts to undermine coverage continue through legally questionable regulatory actions and destructive Medicaid waivers. These Medicaid waivers have the potential to have a profound impact on children, families, and their oral health coverage. 

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