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.

Issue Brief
June 2018

How States Can Use Medicaid Managed Care Contracts to Support Community Health Workers

Medicaid managed care contracting is a promising pathway for securing more sustainable funding for community health workers (CHWs). This issue brief provides examples of contract language that can be used to incentivize or require Medicaid managed care organizations to utilize and fund CHWs and considerations for advocates looking to improve support for CHWs through this pathway.

 

Issue Brief
June 2018

How Medicaid Protects Children with Special Health Care Needs

Half of U.S. children with special health care needs, nearly 7 million children, rely on Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for health insurance to cover some or all of their medical care. Medicaid and CHIP cover 48 percent of children with special health care needs. CHIP, which covers low- to moderate-income children above the Medicaid income limit, is administered by states sometimes as a separate program, but often through state Medicaid programs. This issue brief explores why Medicaid plays a unique role in serving children with special health care needs. 

Issue Brief
December 2017

A Call to Action for Health Equity Leaders: Health Care Transformation Efforts Must Include a Strong Focus on Health Equity

Our nation’s health care system is rapidly transforming, and the health of people of color and other disadvantaged communities hangs in the balance. Moving to a value-based health care system presents a critical opportunity to achieve health equity. But without particular attention to how disadvantaged communities will be affected and without including these communities in designing these reform efforts, we risk exacerbating disparities in health and health care.

Issue Brief
December 2017

Using Hospital Community Benefits to Improve Access to Oral Health Care

As part of their tax obligation to provide benefits to the community beyond hospital care, nonprofit hospitals can fund oral health initiatives such as community dental clinics, mobile dental services, vouchers for dental care and oral health advocacy coalitions in the communities they serve. In this issue brief we explain how to advocate for such initiatives.

Issue Brief
November 2017

Blueprint for Health Care Advocacy: How Community Health Workers Are Driving Health Equity and Value in New Mexico

Across the health care system, there is tremendous interest and momentum in reforming the way health care is delivered and paid for in order to improve health care quality and outcomes and at the same time, reduce costs. These reform efforts create an enormous opportunity to improve resources, infrastructure, and incentives for interventions to meaningfully reduce racial and ethnic health disparities. Yet, if these reforms are not designed and implemented carefully, they could actually end up making these disparities worse. 

Issue Brief
November 2016

Dental Therapists Can Improve Access to Dental Care for Underserved Communities

Millions of people in this country face significant barriers to obtaining the basic dental care they need to achieve good oral health. As a result, more than half of people in the U.S. go without any dental care each year, and many struggle with untreated dental disease that can have far-reaching, serious effects on their overall health.

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