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.

Advocacy Guide
April 2018

Toolkit: Act Now to Stop Short-Term Plans

Under a proposed rule open for comment until April 23, 2018, the Trump administration wants to expand the sale of substandard, sham health insurance. If finalized in its current form, this rule will harm consumers and the insurance market.

The comment period for the public to speak out against the rule has closed. View Families USA's comments. 

February 16, 2018

Snapshot of Health Policy in 2018 State Legislative Sessions

Melissa Burroughs

Oral Health Campaign Manager

Many state legislatures are passing the midpoint for 2018 sessions, and trends are emerging in their efforts to tackle health care affordability and coverage. States are also reacting to federal activity around Medicaid and private market coverage including the repeal of the individual mandate. Below are some of the noteworthy state health legislative measures already moving this year.

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