Short Analysis
July 2019

State Efforts to Rein in High Drug Prices in the 2019 Session

This summary outlines significant policies that advanced in 2019 addressing prescription drug prices in states all over the country. Advocates and lawmakers can gain a sense of what has been made possible this legislative session, and gain insight into what could come next to tackle high drug prices. 

 

Short Analysis
July 2019

Health and Health Care in 2019 Legislative Sessions: States Step Up on Public Options, Coverage, Drug Pricing, and More

State lawmakers focused on health care coverage as well as prescription drug and other health costs in a year that also saw Medicaid programs and reproductive health threatened by state and federal policymakers. Families USA’s annual review of state legislative activity found bold new ideas on public options, coverage enrollment, and consumer issues including drug pricing and surprise billing emerging in the statehouses.
Short Analysis
July 2019

Oral Health Coverage in the 2019 State Legislatures: Victories, Budget Cuts, and Opportunities for Future Progress

Comprehensive oral health coverage allows us all to have better oral health, better overall health, and improved quality of life. Yet oral health coverage and care remain out of reach for millions of people in America — particularly adults who rely on Medicare and Medicaid for their health coverage. Many states, however, are realizing and elevating the importance of oral health as they improve dental coverage for adult Medicaid participants. 

Short Analysis
July 2019

Texas vs. United States: What's at stake for Veterans

If the Texas vs. United States lawsuit overturns the Affordable Care Act, the veterans who become completely uninsured as a result will outnumber the entire U.S. Army and Marine Corps combined. 

Short Analysis
June 2019

Trump Administration Proposes to Undo Nondiscrimination Protections in Health Care

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has proposed a new rule to severely weaken the Affordable Care Act’s prohibitions against discrimination in health care, and to erase references to protections against discrimination by health care programs on the basis of gender identity or sex stereotype in regulations. These protections are provided under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act and its regulations.

Short Analysis
May 2019

Representative Doggett's Medicare Negotiation Proposal to Meaningfully Lower Drug Prices

High and rising drug prices jeopardize consumers’ health and well-being.1 To address the harms of high drug prices, families across America want and deserve meaningful reforms that target and reduce the underlying “list” prices of drugs. Polling shows that nine out of 10 voters support allowing the government to negotiate lower drug prices in Medicare.2

Short Analysis
May 2019

Final 2020 Health Insurance Marketplace Rules Are a Mixed Bag for Consumers

On April 18, 2019, the Trump Administration finalized the Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2020 (NBPP). This rule will govern health insurance marketplaces and set the framework for insurance companies to propose plans and premium rates for 2020. Consumer advocates achieved several important victories in the final 2020 NBPP. Contrarily, the final rule also establishes harmful changes that will decrease access to high-quality, affordable coverage and care for families across the country. 

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