February 16, 2018

Still Lurking: Federal Threats to Health Care

While it may seem that Congress has moved on from its reckless quest to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicaid, many lawmakers are not giving up.

It’s important that we remind members of Congress that we’re watching them and will mobilize to defend health care.

January 27, 2018

Medicaid Waivers: Webinar on Work Requirements and Beyond

On January 31, Families USA staff held a webinar about how state advocates can address Medicaid waiver proposals that include work requirements and other restrictions.

View webinar.

Our experts reviewed recent HHS approvals of work requirements for Medicaid and the tools available for state advocates to address similar proposals.

January 12, 2018

Idaho Weighs Move to Pre-Obamacare Health Insurance Protections

Sophia Tripoli

Director of Health Care Innovations

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.

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