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.

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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.

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

Partnerships Coordinator

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

Dee Mahan

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. 

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