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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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Midterm Elections: Key Questions for State and Local Candidates

Health care will be a critical issue in the 2018 elections in many states. Voters will weigh choices for governor in 36 states. In addition, thousands of legislative seats are up in states where decis...

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Midterm Elections: Six Key Questions for Congressional Candidates

Last year, Congress came within a few votes of repealing much of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and making unprecedented cuts to Medicaid. Legislation that passed the House and nearly passed the Senate...

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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 limit...

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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 ...

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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 h...

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How to Set up a Meeting with Your Member of Congress

Engaging face-to-face with government officials and their staff is the single most powerful advocacy strategy you can pursue. Here we outline the steps for a successful meeting with Members of Congres...

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