February 14, 2019

Profiles in Courage: Embracing a Legacy of African American Health Leadership

Colin Shott

Communications Associate

Throughout our nation’s long and complicated history, the experiences and achievements of past generations of African Americans have formed an indelible part of the tapestry of American life. Their threads are the traditions we embrace during Black History Month. From the life-saving pediatric innovations pioneered at Johns Hopkins by Dr. Vivien Thomas, to the groundbreaking research of Dr.

February 1, 2019

Utah Legislators are Hiding the Ball in Effort to Repeal Voter-Approved Medicaid Expansion Ballot

Sophia Tripoli

Director of Health Care Innovations

The Utah Senate approved a bill this week that would repeal and replace the voter-approved Medicaid expansion ballot initiative, Proposition 3, which passed with 54 percent of the vote in Utah’s election this past November. Proposition 3, if implemented, is poised to bring health care coverage to over 150,000 Utahns with annual incomes below $17,236 for an individual and $29,435 for a families of three.

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January 2019

Biographies for Health Action 2019 Health Advocate of the Year Awards

Shirley Hirota

Chief Executive Officer of Asian Health Services (AHS) 

For more than 40 years, Sherry M. Hirota has championed underserved communities and has made an impact fighting for health care as a right, not a privilege. As a leader of movements to expand health access, educate and advocate for linguistic and cultural competency, and lift the voice of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Sherry has created positive change locally, regionally, in California, and throughout the nation.

January 9, 2019

Medicaid Expansion at the Top of State Legislative Agendas

Patrick Willard

Senior Director of State and National Strategic Partnerships

State lawmakers this year face an array of decisions on health care coverage under Medicaid. Following the passage of ballot initiatives in 2018, the largest number of states are expected to take up plans to expand Medicaid since the Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that the new health care provision was optional.

December 20, 2018

Hundreds of Thousands of People Are Losing their Health Insurance Because of Trump Administration Policies

The Trump Administration has announced initial enrollment numbers for the federally-run Healthcare.gov exchange, which provides individual and small group coverage for the 39 states that do not operate their own state-based exchange. Enrollment was significantly lower than last year—a total of 8.45 million people enrolled representing a drop of 4.2 percent from 2017’s level of 8.82 million and an aggregate drop of over 8 percent from 2016’s level of 9.2 million. This represents a significant blow to the financial security and health of America’s families.

December 14, 2018

NCCI Holds its First Briefing – A Bipartisan Event with Experts from Families USA and the American Enterprise Institute

Colin Shott

Communications Associate

Three out of four uninsured Americans are eligible for coverage through state and federal health care programs, yet they remain unenrolled. More than a third of the uninsured (38 percent) are missing out on a chance to receive coverage that is essentially free: either Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), of qualified health plans with premiums that are fully covered by premium tax credits.

November 30, 2018

Let's Honor American Indians and Alaska Natives by Eliminating Health Inequities

Jamie Ischomer

Deputy Director, National Council of Urban Indian Health

Denisse Sanchez

Policy Analyst

November is Native American Heritage month. It’s a time to celebrate the rich history, culture, and traditions of American Indian and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs), and elevate the many contributions they have made to our nation. But to truly honor American Indians and Alaska Natives, we must work together to eliminate the profound health inequities AI/AN people face, and ensure that our government honors their treaty responsibilities to ensure the health and welfare of these communities.   

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