May 31, 2018

Congress and the Trump Administration Should Put Their Money Where Their Mouths Are on Gun Violence Research

Back in March, in the wake of just one in a long line of tragic and senseless mass shootings, Families USA organized a letter to Congress signed by more than 170 national and state organizations calling for an end to the “Dickey Amendment.” The Dickey Amendment, enacted by Congress in 1996, forbids any funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that “may be used to advocate or promote gun control.”

May 22, 2018

Third-Party Payment Programs Help Consumers Afford Insurance

Stan Dorn

Director of the National Center for Coverage Innovation and Senior Fellow, Families USA

Third-party payment programs can improve affordability and increase enrollment for low-income consumers without triggering adverse selection.

This week, the Commonwealth Fund published my research report describing several successful programs, primarily local, that use hospital dollars to increase enrollment into marketplace coverage by lowering premium costs for low-income, uninsured consumers.

April 20, 2018

A Culture of Racial Discrimination Is Incompatible with a Culture of Health

Racial discrimination in the United States is pervasive and affects health outcomes and access to health care on multiple levels—from the interpersonal, to the institutional, to deeper structural divides. Such ingrained racism creates significant barriers for people of color, making it harder for them to get equal access to jobs, housing, education, and health care services.

April 3, 2018

Taking on High Prescription Drug Costs in Illinois: Q&A with Rep. Will Guzzardi

One Illinois legislator is taking action so that residents in his state will no longer have to suffer without recourse when generic drug manufacturers engage in the practice of price gouging. Families USA has been proud to work with State Representative Will Guzzardi from Illinois’ 39th District on HB 4900, legislation that Rep. Guzzardi introduced in the state legislature to create generic drug pricing fairness and stop price gouging in Illinois.

Here Families USA interviews Rep. Guzzardi on how high prescription drug prices hurt Illinois families, and how HB 4900 will help make drugs more affordable in the state.

March 30, 2018

Troubling Trends for Oral Health in Medicaid Waivers

Today, Medicaid faces unique threats, and these threats are happening largely below the radar screen. So far, we have succeeded in averting multiple attempts to erode Medicaid as we know it through federal legislation, but efforts to undermine coverage continue through legally questionable regulatory actions and destructive Medicaid waivers. These Medicaid waivers have the potential to have a profound impact on children, families, and their oral health coverage. 

March 27, 2018

Moving for Dental Care: Maria’s Story

This blog is part of an ongoing series of stories from people across the country who need comprehensive dental coverage, but do not have access to it. Families USA, in partnership with the DentaQuest Foundation, has launched an intensive, multi-faceted, long-term issue advocacy campaign, Oral Health For All, to reduce the barriers to oral health coverage that prevent more than 106 million Americans from have such coverage and getting the care they need. 

March 22, 2018

Gun Violence Threatens the Health of Our Nation

Families USA recognizes gun violence as a severe threat to the health of our nation. As an organization focused on health care, we have not engaged previously in the vigorous national debate on gun violence. We are entering that debate today because our nation is at a turning point.

Fed up with excuses for why policy makers cannot do anything to stop gun violence, Families USA--along with more than 170 state and national partners--are demanding action from Congress.

March 9, 2018

What CMS Action on Idaho Means for Comprehensive Health Coverage

Sophia Tripoli

Director of Health Care Innovations

Yesterday, the Trump administration told insurers and regulators in Idaho that they cannot sell health plans that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act. This is the first recognition from the administration that the ACA remains the law of the land.

February 26, 2018

New Study Shows Why Maryland Families Need the Health Insurance Down Payment Plan

Stan Dorn

Director of the National Center for Coverage Innovation and Senior Fellow, Families USA

On February 26, 2018, the Urban Institute released a report showing the need for Maryland’s health insurance down payment plan, called the “Protect Maryland Health Care Act of 2018.” According to the report, two policies that attack the Affordable Care Act—the end of federal enforcement of the ACA’s individual mandate and new Trump administration rules that authorize the sale of cut-rate, substandard insurance that violates ACA consumer protections—will do tremendous harm in virtually e


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