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The Urgent Need to Better Support Home- and Community-Based Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Call to Action for State Advocates

Under the newly enacted American Rescue Plan, states can receive increased Medicaid funding from the federal government from April 1, 2021, through March 31, 2022, to “enhance, expand, or strengthen...

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Health Care Drumbeat Digital Toolkit: Messaging & Polling to Move Federal Action in 2021

As the 117th Congress and Biden administration work on their next big policy package, we are all building the drumbeat for action on health and health care. Based on extensive messaging research and r...

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Securing Our Healthy Future: A Road Map for the 117th Congress to Improve Health and Health Care in Every American Community

The 117th U.S. Congress is convening at a pivotal moment in the history of our nation. We face a significant set of challenges, but also a momentous opportunity to greatly improve the lives of struggl...

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Health Equity Task Force for Delivery and Payment Transformation: Eight Recommendations for Federal Policy Priorities in 2021

In the new presidential term and the 117th Congress, it is imperative that we have bold, innovative leadership to steer us through one of the biggest health and economic crises in generations and embr...

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Measuring and Improving the Quality of Medicaid-Funded Care to Reduce Disparities in Health and Health Care Outcomes: A Primer for Health Equity Advocates

Despite notable disparities in health status and access to high-quality health care in communities of color and other minority populations, the United States health care system has not prioritized ach...

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Consumers First 2021 Legislative Agenda: Policy Solutions to Drive Value into the U.S. Health Care System in the 117th Congress

Authored by: Sophia Tripoli, Director of Health Care Innovation, Families USA; Jen Taylor, Senior Director of Federal Relations, Families USA; Shaun O'Brien, Assistant Director, Research and Collectiv...

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A Golden Opportunity for States to Make Health Insurance More Affordable: Rapid Action Required

If states act quickly, they can significantly lower residents’ health insurance costs by claiming revenue the federal government is about to abandon. In December 2019, Congress ended the f...

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How to talk about High Drug Prices: A Messaging Guide Developed from Focus Group Findings.

Voters feel that drug prices are out of control and blame drug company greed for the high costs. This issue is personal for many: They tell stories of having to skip expensive medications or make hard...

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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 greate...

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

State legislative sessions in 2019 bring new opportunities to advance policy that improves health care coverage, value, and equity. With new governors in 17 states, and hundreds of freshman lawmakers,...

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