Advocacy Guide
March 2019

State Models for Addressing High and Rising Drug Prices

This guide outlines model policies for states to consider to rein in drug prices in 2019 and beyond. Those discussed first most directly target drug prices and therefore are likely to have the greatest impact. This piece also cautions against prioritizing approaches to import drugs from Canada, as these policies are less likely to bring savings despite their public appeal.

Advocacy Guide
February 2019

2019 Agenda for Improving Health Care Coverage, Equity, and Value in the States

This advocacy agenda offers options for improving health and health care at the state level during the 2019 session. It includes state policy options to consider in 2019 regarding private insurance coverage, Medicaid, oral health coverage, health equity, prescription drugs, surprise medical bills, and health care value.

Advocacy Guide
September 2018

Midterm Elections: Key Questions for State and Local Candidates

As advocates engage with local and state candidates in the months leading up to the election in November, we urge them to ask candidates these key questions on their commitment to protecting consumers’ access to health care.

Advocacy Guide
August 2018

State Strategies to Prevent the Harmful Impact of Short-Term Health Plans

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a final rule that is dangerous to consumers and to health care marketplaces. This rule would expand the sale of “short-term limited duration plans” that do not have to comply with the consumer protections afforded under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and often leave consumers uncovered for major medical expenses.

July 3, 2018

In Cynical Move, Kentucky Governor Bevin Cuts Vision and Dental Care to Retaliate Against Court’s Medicaid Ruling

Patrick Willard

Senior Director of State and National Strategic Partnerships

Suppose you wanted to help a homeless veteran find a job, but the vet had some sore teeth and needed glasses. Wouldn’t it make sense to cover the oral health and vision care to help him?

That won’t happen in Kentucky, where state officials abruptly eliminated oral health and vision care for the 460,000 adults who are on the state’s Medicaid program. The decision followed a court ruling a day earlier that struck down a mandate for those on the program to find jobs or lose benefits.

June 25, 2018

The Trump Administration Continues Its Attacks on Immigrant Families

Shadi Houshyar, Ph.D.

Director of Early Childhood and Child Welfare Initiatives

Facing mounting public pressure, President Trump issued an executive order on June 20 that it would hold families together in immigrant detention as their cases are processed, effectively shifting the administration’s position from forced family separation to family incarceration.

June 7, 2018

Four Big Problems with Michigan’s Medicaid Waiver Legislation Aside from the Work Requirement

Today, the Michigan legislature passed a bill that imposes new work and premium requirements on its huge Medicaid expansion population. Families USA and other organizations have written extensively about how work requirements don't belong in a health care program like Medicaid and how Michigan’s legislation is particularly poorly designed and punitive. But the version of the bill that just passed includes several other major problems.

Advocacy Guide
April 2018

Advocacy Timeline: Opposing Restrictive Medicaid Section 1115 Waivers

Since the Trump Administration took office, several states have asked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for approval to waive Medicaid requirements or add new ones through requests known as Medicaid Section 1115 waivers. View our timeline below of the different stages that occur before these requests get to CMS.


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