January 12, 2018

Idaho Weighs Move to Pre-Obamacare Health Insurance Protections

Sophia Tripoli

State Campaigns Manager

Idaho’s governor wants to roll back insurance coverage in the Gem State to the days when it was more expensive to get health care if you had a pre-existing condition.

Governor Butch Otter and Lt. Governor Brad Little signed an executive order on January 5, directing the Idaho Department of Insurance to create new guidelines for health insurance carriers to sell lower-priced, less-comprehensive coverage plans in the state. The Idaho plan will be getting a lot of attention from other governors across the country who want to get around the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

January 11, 2018

Transforming the Federal Individual Mandate into State Health Insurance Down Payments

Stan Dorn

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

The Republican tax plan that President Trump recently signed into law ended the federal government’s enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate. Starting in tax season in 2020, people who were uninsured the previous year will no longer pay penalties on their federal income tax returns.

January 9, 2018

Congress Must Act Immediately to Pass Long-Term Funding for CHIP

Jane Sheehan

Senior Federal Relations Manager

Yesterday marked the 100th day since Congress let funding lapse for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a critical source of health coverage for many families. Covering 9 million children nationwide, CHIP offers affordable insurance with services particularly geared to the unique health and developmental needs of children.

January 5, 2018

Congress’s Health Care Agenda in Early 2018

Jane Sheehan

Senior Federal Relations Manager

Happy 2018! We took a break over the holidays to restore ourselves and connect with family and community and hope you did, too. Health care advocates deserved time to celebrate and reflect after achieving monumental success in preventing the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and drastic cuts to Medicaid in 2017.

December 21, 2017

What Does Health Action 2018 Mean to You? One Advocate’s Perspective

Raven Gomez

Campaigns Associate

Health Action 2018: Staying Strong for America’s Families will be Mina Schultz’s fourth Health Action conference. Mina, who is currently a Master’s student studying Health Policy and an Outreach Specialist with Get Covered NYC, has a real passion for health care. Whether it was her personal fight against cancer at age 25, or helping others to enroll in coverage as a Certified Application Counselor (CAC) in West Virginia, Mina has tirelessly fought for her coverage and the coverage of many others.

December 20, 2017

The Tax Bill Is Bad for America's Health

Update 12/20: Congress passed the tax plan and President Trump will sign it into law soon.  Both the rushed, secretive process used to draft the bill and the bill itself are travesties.

The tax plan was written with such secrecy and speed that we probably won’t know all the details—and all the impact—for some time. But one thing is certain: If passed, it will gut health coverage for millions and set the stage for massive cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act. 

December 14, 2017

Public Supports Better Insurance Coverage for Dental Care, Survey Finds

Patrick Willard

Senior Director of State and National Strategic Partnerships

Mouths matter—that is the finding in a national survey on public support for dental coverage.

More than 80 percent of people who were asked said they supported providing publicly-funded dental care assistance to low-income adults and families, and even more support coverage through Medicare, according to a Families USA survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted by GS Strategy Group and PerryUndem. 

December 4, 2017

Children's Health Can't Wait: Congressional CHIP Briefing

On December 1, Families USA partnered with First Focus to give congressional staff the opportunity to hear how states are handling the unprecedented delay in funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program. 

Briefing Speakers:

Joan Alker - Executive Director, Georgetown Center for Children and Families

Maureen Hensley-Quinn - Senior Program Director, NASHP

Moderator: Frederick Isasi - Executive Director, Families USA

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