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Setting the Record Straight on Surprise Medical Bills

Claudia Knafo, a Families USA storyteller from New York City, submitted this letter to the editor of the New York Post in response to a May 9 article, “Lawmaker Wants to Limit Insurance Reimburseme...

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Calling for a True National Testing Strategy for COVID-19

On May 24, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its next iteration of a national testing strategy for COVID-19, the COVID-19 Strategic Testing Plan. Unfortunately, what this plan...

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A Call to Action to Address Structural Racism and Health Inequities: Insights on Recent Acts of Police Violence

Families USA stands in solidarity with our fellow advocates and activists fighting for racial justice on the frontlines. The recent killings of Black individuals in America, including Breonna Taylor, ...

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Options for designing a public option

NOTE: This blog was originally published in The RAND Blog on May 28, 2020. State and federal policymakers are considering adding state-backed public options to the individual market in an effort to...

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Learnings in Leadership: Amber Hewitt, Washington, DC

Amber Hewitt is the Director of Health Equity at Families USA, where she leads efforts to advance health equity and reduce disparities in health outcomes, health care access, and quality. In her role,...

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Responding To COVID-19: Using The CARES Act’s Hospital Fund To Help The Uninsured, Achieve Other Goals

NOTE: This blog was originally published in Health Affairs on April 11, 2020.  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed by the President on March 27, 2020, includes ...

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We’re Focusing on the Wrong Things to Reduce Health Care Costs

In early January, there were two major stories regarding unsuccessful efforts to control health care costs that came out the same day. One involved a disappointing, narrow evaluation of a small progra...

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Learnings in Leadership: Allison Neswood, Denver, Colorado

Allison Neswood, Esq., is a Health Care Attorney with the Colorado Center on Law and Policy. The Colorado Center is a major social justice organization in the state, and Neswood is a health care lead....

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Profiles in Courage: Embracing a Legacy of African American Health Leadership

Throughout our nation’s long and complicated history, the experiences and achievements of past generations of African Americans have formed an indelible part of the tapestry of American life. Their ...

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Remarkable Gains in Health Insurance Affordability are Within Reach in New Mexico

On Monday, February 17, 2020, the New Mexico House of Representatives passed, by an overwhelming 41 to 25 margin, legislation that would claim expiring federal revenue and use it to significantly lowe...

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