May 21, 2015

On the Frontlines of a Broken Dental Care System

Dr. Mary Williard, a mother and a dentist working in Alaska Native communities, describes how our broken dental care system brought her adopted daughter into her life for the first time. And, how an innovation she has made her life's work could change the way we provide dental care to the millions in the United States, like her daughter, who have suffered without it.

In just 10 years, dental therapists in Alaska have been able to expand dental care to 40,000 people here who couldn’t get that care before. They are so effective because they work with dentists as part of a team to bring dental care to communities that dentists can’t get to very often.

April 22, 2015

Why Reforming Health Care Payment and Delivery is a Health Equity Issue

Akshaya Kannan

Health Equity Intern

Melissa Burroughs

Oral Health Campaign Manager

Across the country, there is tremendous momentum to change how health care is delivered and paid for in order to improve quality and to curb costs. These initiatives to transform the health system have the potential to improve care for everyone, and could directly address health disparities. Advocates must actively engage in these reform efforts—both to protect communities of color from harm and to take maximum advantage of opportunities to transform health care delivery to better serve people of color.

February 18, 2015

The Affordable Care Act Is a ‘Three-Legged Stool’

Ron Pollack

Executive Director

One of the most significant and popular features of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the new protection that puts an end to insurance company discrimination against people with pre-existing health conditions. This important ACA protection depends on two other provisions that keep coverage affordable: premium subsidies and the coverage mandate.

February 12, 2015

Recommendations for Improving Children’s Access to Dental Care

Lydia Mitts

Associate Director of Affordability Initiatives

February is Children’s Dental Health Month—the perfect time to raise awareness about the importance of oral health and the work that remains to ensure that all children have access to high-quality, affordable dental coverage and care. Congress, state lawmakers, and regulators can make progress on some of the nation’s most pressing children’s dental health issues by following the recommendations we discuss here.

August 26, 2014

Our Nation’s Health Depends on Fixing Persistent Health Disparities

With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, more Americans can afford quality health insurance. However, having health insurance does not always equal having access to high-quality health care. This is especially true for people of color, who historically have had to grapple with racial and ethnic health disparities. Many people of color continue to face barriers to obtaining high-quality health care, and our nation’s health is closely tied to addressing these obstacles. 

August 25, 2016

10 Tactics for Improving Health Insurance Provider Networks for Communities of Color

Communities of color, even once they have insurance, face barriers that can hinder access to those providers. Of those barriers, one of the most notable is the often limited availability of health care providers and facilities in communities of color. Today’s post outlines 10 tactics advocates can use to work with state and federal officials to help address these issues. 

January 8, 2014

What health care advocates should know about recent findings from the Oregon Medicaid study

Sanjay Kishore

Villers Fellow

Last week, Harvard researchers released the latest installment of the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment (OHIE) –a randomized control trial that examines the effects of Medicaid expansion on Oregonians who won a lottery for health insurance in 2008.  After analyzing hospital records for 18 months, the researchers discovered that Medicaid recipients visited the ER 41 percent more than those without insurance.

August 3, 2012

Worry No More Applies to All: Pre-Existing Conditions and Communities of Color

Jamille Fields

Staff Writer

It has always seemed backward that those who need insurance the most—people who are already sick—are turned down for coverage or forced to pay higher premiums. Thanks to the new health law, insurers will no longer be able to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions by charging them higher premiums or denying them coverage. A recent Families USA report, Worry No More: Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Are Protected by the Health Care Law, shows just how many people across the nation stand to gain from this portion of the health law.

February 9, 2018

10 Essential Health Benefits Insurance Plans Must Cover Under the Affordable Care Act

One popular aspect of the Affordable Care Act is its requirement that all individual and small group health plans (for people who don’t have traditional job-based coverage) cover important health benefits like maternity, mental health, preventive, and pediatric dental care. Members of Congress and the Trump administration have frequently proposed measures that would eliminate or undermine these essential health benefits (EHBs), as they are known. 


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