The 2016 election results are prompting many questions about the future of the Affordable Care Act. While there is uncertainty about these changes in political leadership, a few things are clear now that advocates, assisters, and most importantly, consumers, need to know.
In addition to our monthly roundup of notable health equity news, we have compiled a list of our favorite new resources, events you should know about, and job openings.
New Health Equity Resources
CMS Rejects Ohio's Request for Harsh Policies in Its Medicaid Program, Dee Mahan and Erica Turret, Families USA
Personal stories are one of the most powerful tools an organization can employ in its work. They inspire connection and empathy while simultaneously challenging stereotypes, humanizing policies or statistics, and illustrating facts and figures. And now, thanks to new media platforms, it is easier than ever to engage in dynamic and innovative efforts to collect and tell stories. Our new toolkit shows you how.
On the first day of Health Action 2016, members of Congress who advocate for affordable health care on Capitol Hill addressed the audience. We also heard from Cecile Richards. Speakers reminded us about the collective action that fueled the passage of the Affordable Care Act—and that this same type of collective action will be necessary to tackle the health care and coverage challenges that remain.
Scroll down to read some highlights and search #HA2016 to join the conversation on Twitter.
For those of us engaged in the daily work of bending the arc of history toward justice, the last few weeks have pierced us to our core.
As health equity advocates, the very heart of our vocation is a shared belief that every single human being has the right to live a healthy life—a right that must be supported with resources and concrete action.
Beginning in 2017, the Affordable Care Act permits states to apply for waivers to begin experimenting with strategies to provide residents with access to high-quality, affordable health insurance. Known as 1332 state innovation waivers, these waivers can be an important vehicle for the next round of state improvements in health care.
How States Can Fund Community Health Workers through Medicaid to Improve People’s Health, Decrease Costs, and Reduce Disparities
This brief discusses the value of community health workers (CHWs) in improving care while reducing disparities for vulnerable populations. It also walks advocates through how they can get sustainable funding for CHWs in their state.