October 24, 2018

Four States to Decide About Medicaid Expansion During Midterm Elections

Sophia Tripoli

State Campaigns Manager

The fate of Medicaid expansion in Nebraska, Idaho, Utah, and Montana lies in the hands of voters with less than two weeks left until Election Day.  Advocates, volunteers, and grassroots organizers have put it all on the line to help their friends and neighbors to have a voice in the debate about the benefits of expanding health care coverage.

October 3, 2018

Fixing Latino Health Inequities is an Investment in Our Country’s Future

Denisse Sanchez

Policy Analyst

Hispanic Heritage Month provides us an opportunity to recognize and lift up the achievements and contributions of the 57.5 million Latinos living in the United States. At the same time, it’s important that we all understand the challenges that Latinos face so we can work together to address them, because their well-being and success are inextricably linked to the well-being, success, and future prosperity of the United States as a whole.

September 21, 2018

Congress Shows Support for Medically Necessary Dental Care

Millions of seniors and people with disabilities rely on Medicare for their health care, but it does not cover their oral health care. Even if someone needs dental care in order to have a medical procedure—like a kidney transplant patient who needs an oral infection treated to begin surgery -- Medicare won’t cover the oral health care. Luckily, coverage of “medically necessary” dental care could be added to Medicare through CMS’s administrative authority fairly easily without any need for legislation.

October 15, 2018

2018 Federal, State, and Local Election Toolkit for Health Care Voters

As the 2018 elections approach, now is the time for people to speak out to candidates about the kind of health care system they want, and to hold candidates accountable for delivering on it. Whether at a town hall, in the media, or one-on-one, voters can hold candidates for federal, state, and local offices accountable for working to protect health care, instead of tearing it down.

Health care is a top-of-mind issue for voters. In 2017, people across the country feared losing their health care due to tumultuous efforts by Republicans in Congress to repeal insurance.

August 29, 2018

Health Care Voters Face Critical Choices in the States in 2018

Patrick Willard

Senior Director of State and National Strategic Partnerships
The health care voter in 2018 will be weighing more than the fate of the Affordable Care Act in Congress. The outcome in many states will determine whether health care options are available for families and adults for years to come. 
 
Voters will face ballots with referendums to expand health coverage, governors’ races, and elections with party control of state legislatures hanging in the balance. The future of Medicaid programs has never been such a critical issue at the voting booth in so many states. 
 
August 23, 2018

Let's Untangle the Red Tape in State Medicaid Proposals

Summer isn’t over, but the comment periods for three critical state Medicaid proposals will end before Labor Day. Each of the proposals will mean more red tape and frustrations for families seeking health care in Alabama, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma. 

August 17, 2018

Childhood Asthma Advocates Call on EPA to Reconsider Transparency Rule

Jane Sheehan

Senior Federal Relations Manager

This week, as part of the Childhood Asthma Leadership Coalition (CALC), Families USA and other coalition members submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressing concern with the proposed rule, “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science,” which would limit the use of critical research in EPA decision-making. We believe this rule would have the effect of erecting barriers to science-based decisions in the regulatory process, and could remove consideration of public health studies that might otherwise improve health outcomes of children with asthma.

August 16, 2018

The False Choice Of Burden Reduction Versus Payment Precision In The Physician Fee Schedule

Bob Berenson, Visiting Scholar and Senior Advisor for Value Initiatives at Families USA, and Alan Lazaroff, American Geriatrics Society, explain in this Health Affairs blog that The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ proposed rule that makes changes to the Medicare physician fee schedule would worsen payment incentives for clinicians, compromising the quality of care and increasing costs for seniors.

August 15, 2018

Action for Dental Health Act brings much needed attention to oral health issues

Melissa Burroughs

Oral Health Campaign Manager

Nobody wants a root canal, but millions of Americans with mouth pain know it might be their best shot at protecting a tooth and stopping an infection from spreading—if they can afford it. Oral health affects all health and too many people in this country cannot access care. That’s why the Senate is considering the Action for Dental Health Act. But this measure should be the first appointment on our nation’s oral health checkup.

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