Issue Brief
July 2019

Texas v. United States Issue Briefs

In Texas v. United States, 18 states are asking unelected federal judges to repeal the ACA, the most significant domestic policy legislation enacted by Congress in generations. If this suit succeeds, millions of families in America will lose health coverage and affordable access to essential health care.

Issue Brief
April 2019

Amici Curiae Brief of Families USA, Community Catalyst, The National Health Law Program, The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Service Employees International Union Supporting Intervenor Defendants-Appellants and Reversal of the District Court

Families USA filed an amicus brief in the Texas v. US case that threatens the entire Affordable Care Act, on appeal in the US Court of Appeals of the Fifth Circuit. Cosigners of the amicus include the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Community Catalyst, the National Health Law Program and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

Issue Brief
March 2019

Accelerating Health Equity by Measuring and Paying for Results

Not measuring and paying for equity risks worsening disparities and it is a key missed opportunity for reducing disparities. This issue brief describes actionable opportunities at the state and federal level to measure and pay for equity. 

Issue Brief
February 2019

Reinsurance 101: A Framework for State Advocates and Policymakers

In state houses all across the country, advocates, legislators, and state officials are considering proposals to restore the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) temporary reinsurance program, which ended after 2016. This “Reinsurance 101” issue brief describes reinsurance and explains why it was originally included in the ACA. It then analyzes why some advocates and policymakers might consider implementing reinsurance in their states but others could hesitate to pursue such a policy.

Issue Brief
November 2018

Medicaid's Children's Benefit—EPSDT—Supports the Unique Needs and Healthy Development of Children

This issue brief provides a comprehensive look at the EPSDT benefit, including a plan-to-plan comparison with large scale health plans in two states and the Federal Employee Health Benefit Program (FEHBP). That comparison shows that Medicaid’s EPSDT benefit consistently offers more comprehensive coverage for children and greater financial protections for families. It is the gold standard in children’s health coverage.

Issue Brief
September 2018

Health Coverage Matters for Children: The Role of Medicaid in the Healthy Development of America's Children

Access to health care is crucial to children’s health and development. When children have health insurance, they are more likely to get the health care they need. For more than 40 percent of children in the U.S.—approximately 37 million children—Medicaid is the health insurance they rely on. Another 8.9 million children are enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medicaid’s sister program. The success of Medicaid and CHIP is largely responsible for the fact that 95 percent of children under 18 have some form of health coverage.

Issue Brief
September 2018

Community Health Workers in Delivery and Payment Transformation: How New Delivery and Payment Models Can Incentivize and Support the Use of CHWs

The current attention on implementing delivery and payment reforms to improve the quality of care and health outcomes while reducing costs creates an important opportunity for greater integration of CHWs into the health care system and for providing more sustainable financing for CHWs. In this brief, we detail how health system transformation initiatives in Vermont and Oregon align with the value that CHWs provide and how these initiatives can incentivize CHW integration. 

Issue Brief
July 2018

Risking Access to Needed Medicines for Medicaid Beneficiaries Will Not Fix High Drug Prices

Lowering the price of prescription drugs remains one of the top health care priorities for consumers.1 But pharmaceutical manufacturers continue to increase prices on lifesaving medications.2 A recent proposal from the Trump Administration seeks to control prescription drug costs in Medicaid by giving states the authority to eliminate people’s access to needed and even lifesaving drugs. This approach fails to address the underlying issue of pharmaceutical manufacturers setting such high prices at the national level.

Issue Brief
July 2018

Treating Pain Is Not Enough: Why States’ Emergency-Only Dental Benefits Fall Short

States have great latitude to determine the scope of dental benefits that they will cover for adults through their Medicaid programs. While some states cover comprehensive benefits, others cover emergency dental care only or none at all. This variation in coverage matters. Without adequate dental coverage, people face major barriers to getting care they need to stay healthy. To better understand the consequences of insufficient dental coverage, Families USA conducted a survey of  states that cover emergency-only dental services.

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