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  • Title: Families USA: The Voice for Health Care Consumers
    Descriptive info: .. Loading.. Home.. Tell Us Your Story.. Sign Up.. About Us.. Action Center.. Annual Conference.. Donate.. Contact Us.. Issue Areas.. Medicaid.. Medicaid Home.. Medicaid Defense.. Medicaid Expansion.. Publications.. Related Links.. Children's Health.. Children's Health Home.. Medicare.. Medicare Home.. Low Income.. Prescription Drugs.. Medicare Advantage.. Other Issues.. Related Links.. Long Term Services.. Long-Term Services Home.. Publications.. The Uninsured.. The Uninsured Home.. About the Uninsured.. Increasing Coverage.. Private Insurance.. Private Insurance Home.. Health Equity.. Health Equity Home.. About Us.. Resource Center.. Global Health.. Global Health Home.. Why Global Health Matters.. Research Matters.. Other Resources.. Links.. Resources.. Newsroom.. Newsroom Home.. Archive of Press Releases & Statements.. Families USA in the News.. Story Bank.. Who We Are.. Publications Home.. Publications by Date.. Publications by Topic.. Action Center Home.. Sign Up.. Update Your Profile.. Find Your Legislator.. Advocacy Tools.. Advocacy Tools Home.. Guides.. Kits.. New on the Web.. Advocacy and Media Tips.. Other Tools.. State Information.. Stand Up For.. Health Care.. Stand Up For Health Care Home.. Faith-Based Resources.. Faith-Based Resources Home.. Resources for Consumers.. Resources for Consumers Home.. Related Links Home.. Fellowships.. Fellowship Opportunities.. Fellowships Home.. Wellstone Fellowship.. Villers Fellowship.. Save the Date.. Health Action 2013.. Jan.. 30-Feb.. 2, 2013.. Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.. Highlights from Health Action 2012.. Welcome to Families USA!.. Since 1982, Families USA has worked to promote high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans.. For Gayle Beamer and countless other Americans, the Affordable Care Act Obamacare has already paid dividends.. See their stories.. Families USA's 501(c)(4) partner has prepared two reports:.. Five Ways the Romney-Ryan Medicare Plan Hurts People 55 and Older.. explains the top five ways that people born before 1958 those  ...   quickly lays out the arguments for why cutting Medicaid is bad for enrollees, for middle-class families, for health care providers, and for states.. Brokers and Agents and Health Insurance Exchanges.. discusses how brokers and agents will interact with the new health insurance exchanges opening in states in 2014 and highlights issues that advocates and states may want to think about.. More Resources.. A Closer Look: The Supreme Court's Health Care Decision.. (August 2012).. The Supreme Court Decision: What It Means for Medicaid.. Medicaid's Success: Good Care.. Go to.. Publications by Date.. for a complete list of publications by year.. Medicaid Expansion Center.. :.. Make sure your state is ready.. for 2014.. Medicaid Defense Center.. :.. Help fight budget cuts and other damaging proposals.. Supreme Court Watch.. Information on the June 28 ruling on the Affordable Care Act.. Conservatives in Congress continue to push for cuts in health care.. Follow the.. latest developments.. Resources on the Affordable Care Act and the protections that are already in place.. Videos from.. Families USA.. Small Business owners.. Budget politics.. Dr.. Martin Luther King.. and health reform.. The.. Consumer Assistance Programs Resource Center.. includes state profiles and information.. on best practices.. l.. Program Locator.. Calculate the Impact:.. What will Medicaid cuts mean for your state? Use our.. calculator.. to find out.. Conference Calls for State Advocates.. Listen to calls from the 2012 series.. Join the Health Action Network.. View RSS feed.. Update Your Profile.. |.. Site Map.. Privacy Policy.. Printer-Friendly Version.. Copyright and Terms of Use.. If you reach an error page, find a broken link, or run into any other problems with this site, please.. contact us.. nonprofit software..

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  • Title: Families USA: Tell Us Your Story
    Descriptive info: >.. The Families USA Consumer Story Bank.. To learn more about our story bank, or if you would like to distribute hard copies of our Tell Us Your Story form to local consumers, advocates, and health care professionals, please download this.. story bank brochure.. We appreciate your support in helping us collect these valuable personal health care stories.. Are you one of the millions who will benefit from reform? Are you a young adult who can now stay on parental coverage? Have you had problems with lifetime caps in the past now outlawed under health reform? Do you or a child have a pre-existing condition? Your personal story can help us demonstrate the human benefits of health care reform.. We ve been collecting personal health care stories for years, illustrating the human need for health reform.. Now that we ve crossed the finish line, it s time to educate the public about health reform and how it will affect them.. The best way to do that is to tell your story, giving a  ...   out-of-pocket costs or premiums.. Seniors who fall into the Medicare doughnut hole.. If you think any of the above describe you, or if you think you ll be helped by reform in another way, your story can go a long way in educating the public about reform.. After we talk with you, you may have the opportunity to interview with a reporter, speak to or in front of elected officials, or share your story at an event.. Of course, we will always talk with you before each opportunity, but the first step is to come forward.. Please fill out the form below to make your voice heard!.. 1.. Your Information.. Title:.. Mr.. Ms.. Mrs.. Miss.. First Name:.. Last Name:.. Street Address:.. City:.. State/Province:.. Zip Code:.. Phone Number:.. 2.. E-Mail.. 3.. Race/Ethnicity.. 4.. DOB.. (MM/DD/YYYY).. 5.. How did you learn about our story bank?.. 6.. Your Story.. Sign me up to receive e-mail alerts from.. Stand Up For Health Care.. , Families USA's community of people working for high-quality, affordable health care for everyone..

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  • Title: Families USA: About Us Home
    Descriptive info: About Us Home.. Families USA is a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans.. Working at the national, state, and community levels, we have earned a national reputation as an effective voice for health care consumers for 25 years.. We:.. Manage a grassroots advocates' network of organizations and individuals working for the consumer perspective in national and state health policy debates.. Membership in the Health Action Network is free.. Click here.. to subscribe to our Health Action Network.. The network distributes timely information and mobilizes people for action when appropriate.. Act as a watchdog over government actions affecting health care, alerting consumers to changes and helping them have a say in the development of policy.. Produce highly respected health policy reports describing the problems facing health care consumers and outlining steps to solve them.. (See our Publications List).. Conduct public information campaigns about the concerns of health  ...   range of organizations from business to consumer to health provider organizations toward the achievement of health care that is high-quality and affordable for all Americans.. Provide training and technical assistance to, and work collaboratively with, state and community-based organizations as they address critical health care problems in their communities and state capitals.. The Wellstone Fellowship.. The Villers Fellowship.. Jobs Available.. Internships Available.. Board of Directors:.. Kathy Bonk.. Communications Consortium Media Center.. James M.. Christian, Sr.. PSI Family Services.. Robert Crittenden, M.. D.. Herndon Alliance.. James Kimmey, M.. St.. Louis University School of Public Health.. Jeff Kirsch.. Council for a Strong America.. L.. Toni Lewis, M.. SEIU.. John McDonough.. Harvard School of Public Health.. Ali Noorani.. National Immigration Forum.. Philippe Villers.. President and Co-Founder of Families USA Foundation.. Ron Pollack.. Executive Director and.. Vice President.. Families USA Staff.. 1201 New York Ave.. Suite 1100.. Washington, DC 20005.. 202-628-3030.. Fax: 202 347-2417.. E-mail:.. info@familiesusa.. org.. Questions, Comments, Suggestions?..

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  • Title: Action Center
    Descriptive info: Don't forget to vote.. It's your right.. and.. your responsibility.. TAKE ACTION.. Visit Families USA's.. Stand Up for Health Care.. Sign our twitter petition, read the latest blog, write a letter to the editor, and more.. CONTACT CONGRESS.. Call your legislators today and send a strong message:.. Don t cut or cap the Medicaid program, and protect the Affordable Care Act.. In addition to protecting these vital programs, any approach to deficit reduction must include significant revenue increases.. Call Congress at 1-888-876-6242.. Click here to get information on your U.. S.. Senators.. or.. Representative.. SPREAD THE WORD.. What do you really know about the health care law? See our.. Bill of Rights.. section for what the law has already  ...   for indepth analysis of health care issues.. SHARE YOUR STORY.. Make a difference -.. share your personal story.. through our national Story Bank.. Our Story Bank participants have been featured in major news stories across the country, showing people the human face of the health care crisis.. New!.. Tell your story.. en español.. TALK RADIO:.. Let Your Voice Be Heard.. The megaphone of talk radio can help us expose the misinformation about the health care law.. Check out our.. Talk Radio.. section with radio shows listings and call-in numbers, along with tips and talking points.. DONATE.. Help Families USA continue the fight for quality, affordable health care and promote implementation of the Affordable Care Act.. Make a contribution today..

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  • Title: Families USA: Health Action 2013 Index Page
    Descriptive info: Conference.. Health Action 2013 Index Page.. "Whatever the politics, today's decision was a victory for people all over this country whose lives will be more secure because of this law and the Supreme Court's decision to uphold it.. President Barack Obama, June 28, 2012.. Welcome! Families USA is pleased to invite you to Health Action 2013!.. The details.. REGISTER.. Reserve a room.. Getting there.. Help promote the conference.. Please join us.. Thursday, January 31, through Saturday, February 2, 2013.. , at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.. As health care advocates, we are all struggling to rise to the different opportunities and challenges we face.. Our work has many facets.. We re fighting for full implementation of the Affordable Care Act.. We are constantly defending our public health insurance programs at the federal and state levels.. Many of us are  ...   shared goals of increased access to quality, affordable health care for every American.. The Health Action Conference provides an incredible opportunity for us to come together to discuss our challenges and make ambitious plans for the coming year.. Join us at.. , where we will:.. Hear powerful speeches from state and national leaders, including the Administration;.. Learn more about next steps for states in protecting Medicare and Medicaid, and ensuring the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented across the nation;.. Learn more about emerging advocacy strategies, system reform, and ways to improve quality, while controlling costs;.. Share field strategies and tactics and strengthen our advocacy skills;.. Network with state and local advocates from across the country.. is organized by Families USA with support from a broad spectrum of advocacy organizations throughout the health advocacy community.. We hope you can join us!.. Click here to register!..

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  • Title: Families USA: Contact Us
    Descriptive info: 1201 New York Avenue NW.. Suite 1100.. Phone: 202-628-3030.. Fax: 202-347-2417.. Staff Member.. Title.. Andrews, Airrion.. Communications Project Manager.. Axleroad, Susan.. Senior Development Associate.. Bailey, Kim.. Research Director.. Bagge, Sarah.. Health Policy Analyst.. Becker, Amy.. Communications Associate.. Blocher, Kate.. Field Assistant.. Bostock, Tara.. Editor.. Beeson, Jennifer.. Director, Government Affairs.. Brown, Latryce.. Receptionist.. Compaore, Salifou.. Help Desk Technician.. Conteh, Lamin.. Information Technology Manager.. D'Avanzo, Ben.. Government Affairs Associate.. Denker, Peggy.. Director, Publications Electronic Information.. Donahue, Shannon.. Fish-Parcham, Cheryl.. Deputy Director, Health Policy.. Fisher, Bryan.. Press Secretary.. Gady, Michealle.. Senior Health Policy Analyst.. Hernandez-Cancio, Sinsi.. Director, Health Equity.. Johnson, Gloria.. Office Manager.. Johnson, Keith.. Development Associate.. Jones, Jewel.. Administrative Assistant.. Jones, Marsha.. Accounting Assistant.. Kalipeni,  ...   Director of Communications.. Mitts, Lydia.. Murillo, Sascha.. Wellstone Fellow.. Perreault, Melanie.. Perry, Elizabeth.. Field Associate.. Plummer, Delma.. Director, Finance and Administration.. Pollack, Ron.. Executive Director.. Prescott, Elizabeth.. Story Bank Coordinator Event Planner.. Riley, Brendan.. Rosenblatt, Melissa.. Director of Special Projects.. Saly, Elaine.. Salzman, Megan.. Online Advocacy Associate.. Smoucha, Amy.. Field Director.. Steinberg, Marc.. Stepp, Michael.. Stoll, Kathleen.. Deputy Executive Director/Director, Health Policy.. Strohman, Rachel.. Editorial Assistant.. Traver, Amy.. Villers Fellow.. VanTuinen, Ingrid.. Deputy Director of Publications.. Villers, Philippe.. President*.. Weyman, Justin.. Web Digital Media Special Projects Manager.. Williams, Michelle.. Accounting Manager.. Wise, Regina.. Manager, Database Conference Operations.. *Located at Families USA.. 200 Baker Avenue.. Suite 309.. Concord, MA 01742.. Phone: 978-371-7400.. Fax: 978-371-7411.. pvillers@igc..

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  • Title: Defense Center
    Descriptive info: Issues.. Defense Center.. About Medicaid.. Medicaid Calculator.. Waivers.. Medicaid is funded by both the federal government and the states.. Decisions made by either can affect Medicaid s future, as well as access to health care for millions of Americans.. Right now, many in Congress are seeking to cut Medicaid funding and make across the board changes in the program s structure.. Some governors are looking to make deep cuts in state program funding, as well as asking for federal approval to change the way Medicaid is structured or operates in their state.. The Medicaid Defense Center gives you information on what s happening at both the state and federal level and provides some tools to help you in your work to keep the Medicaid program strong, both federally and in your state.. Defending Medicaid at the Federal Level.. Defending Medicaid at the State Level.. You may also be interested in.. our new.. , where you'll find everything you need to know about the expansion of Medicaid coverage that's part of the Affordable Care Act.. Defending Medicaid at the Federal Level.. From Families USA:.. To Republicans: Don't Balance the Budget through Medicaid Cuts.. Republicans Again Propose Slashing Funding for Medicaid, Medicare, and Other Health Programs.. (April 2012).. The House Republican Budget Harms Americans of All Ages.. (March 2012).. Talking Points: The Republican Presidential Candidates Call for Medicaid Cuts.. (December 2011).. Medicaid: A Lifeline for Blacks and Latinos with Serious Health Care Needs.. (October 2011).. Medicaid's Impact in the States: Helping People with Serious Health Care Needs.. (September 2011).. A Message to Congress and the Super Committee: "Don't Just Cut Programs-Raise Revenues".. Medicaid, Deficit Reduction, and the Super Committee.. (August 2011).. Debt Deal and Budget Timetable for 2011-2013.. Medicaid, the Budget, and Deficit Reduction: The Threat Continues.. Medicaid Really Does Matter And Here's a Study Proving It..  ...   is a bad deal for states.. (Bruce Lesley, President of First Focus, September 2012).. Fact Sheet on Effect of Chairman Ryan's Budget on Medicaid.. (U.. House of Representatives, Committee on Energy and Commerce, Minority Staff, August 2012).. Deficit-Reduction Package that Lacks Significant Revenues Would Shift Very Substantial Costs to States and Localities.. (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, August 2012).. Ryan Roundup: Everything You Need to Know about Chairman Ryan s Budget.. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO).. estimates.. that repealing the Affordable Care Act would increase the deficit by $109 billion from 2013-2022.. (Congressional Budget Office, July 2012).. Increase in Federal Match Associated with Significant Gains in Coverage for Children through Medicaid and CHIP.. (Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, August 2012).. The Seven Ways in Which Paul Ryan s Budget Would Undermine Medicare and Medicaid.. (Think Progress, April 2012).. What if Chairman Ryan s Medicaid Block Grant Had Taken Effect in 2001? Federal Medicaid Funds Would Have Fallen by 35 Percent or More in Most States, by Half in Some, by 2010.. (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, April 2012).. Ryan Medicaid Block Grant Would Cut Medicaid by One-Third by 2022 and More After That.. (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, March 2012).. Defending Medicaid at the State Level.. Increasing Cost-Sharing in Medicaid: A Bad Solution to Budget Issues.. (June 2012).. Alcohol Taxes and Public Health.. (May 2012).. Medicaid Cuts Will Hurt Illinois' Economy.. Medicaid: Essential to America's Hospitals and Communities.. (February 2012).. Proposed Cap on Federal Spending Would Force Deep Cuts in Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security: Would Likely Require Radical Changes Such As Medicare Privatization, a Medicaid Block Grant, and Repeal of Health Reform.. (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, April 2011).. Medicaid: An Overview of Spending on Mandatory vs.. Optional Populations and Services.. (Kaiser Family Foundation, June 2005).. [.. ]..

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  • Title: Expansion Center
    Descriptive info: Expansion Center.. States that plan to expand Medicaid coverage in 2014 have lots of work to do to prepare.. In many states, advocates need support in making the case for expansion.. The Medicaid Expansion Center offers information on everything from the Supreme Court decision s effect on Medicaid to news from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), plus the best tools for helping your state make the most of the expansion.. General Background Information.. Tools to Make the Case for a State Expansion.. Resources from the States.. , featuring the latest news about threats to Medicaid funding and to the program's structure, with tools to help advocates respond to the attacks.. General Background Information.. Medicaid Coverage and Care for the Homeless Population: Key Lessons to Consider for the 2014 Medicaid Expansion.. (Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, September 2012).. (Families USA, August 2012).. Medicaid Expansion: States Implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.. (Government Accountability Office, August 2012).. Implementing the ACA s Medicaid-Related Health Reform Provisions after the Supreme Court s Decision.. (Kaiser Family Foundation, August 2012).. Selected Issues Related to the Effect of.. NFIB v.. Sebelius.. on the Medicaid Expansion Requirements in Section 2001 of the Affordable Care Act.. (Congressional Research Service, July 2012).. How Will the Medicaid Expansion for Adults Impact Eligibility and Coverage?.. (Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, July 2012).. Letter from Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sebelius to Governors.. (July 10, 2012).. Letter from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Tavenner to Republican Governors Association.. (July 13, 2012).. Opting Out of the Medicaid Expansion under the ACA: How Many Uninsured Adults Would Not Be Eligible for Medicaid?.. (Urban Institute, July 2012).. Estimates for the Insurance Coverage Provisions of the Affordable Care Act Updated for the Recent Supreme Court Decision.. Note: This CBO analysis assumes that states will be able to partially expand Medicaid and receive the full expansion enhanced federal match.. That is questionable.. At roughly the same time that the CBO report was issued, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a.. report.. on the impact of the Supreme  ...   States Have Responded to the Availability of Federal Funds for Health Coverage.. (Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, August 2012).. 10 Reasons the Medicaid Expansion Helps to Address Health Disparities.. (National Health Law Program, August 2012).. 10 Reasons the Medicaid Expansion Is Good for Women.. 50 Reasons Medicaid Expansion Is Good for Your State.. Opting In to the Medicaid Expansion under the ACA: Who Are the Uninsured Adults Who Could Gain Health Insurance Coverage?.. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute, August 2012).. How Health Reform s Medicaid Expansion Will Impact State Budgets: Federal Government Will Pick Up Nearly All Costs, Even as Expansion Provides Coverage to Millions of Low-Income Uninsured Americans.. (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, July 2012).. In July 2012, the State Budget Crisis Task Force, a group of budget experts organized by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker and former New York Lt.. Gov.. Richard Ravitch, published a.. looking at the finances of six large states.. The "Ravitch-Volker" report noted that the Medicaid expansion is a good deal for states.. Unfortunately, its chart comparing total state spending on Medicaid and education is misleading and overstates the comparative growth of Medicaid spending.. If you look just at the share of state general fund spending, spending on education and Medicaid has been fairly constant.. See.. this blog.. from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities for a more detailed discussion.. If you find someone quoting from the Ravitch-Volker report to argue that your state can't afford the Medicaid expansion, refer them to the blog link above.. Also refer them to page 20 of the full.. Ravitch-Volker report.. , which says: "For states that want to increase coverage for the uninsured, ACA is a bargain.. Uninsured Veterans and Family Members: Who Are They and Where Do They Live?.. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, May 2012).. The Affordable Care Act s Coverage Expansions Will Reduce Differences in Uninsurance Rates by Race and Ethnicity.. (Urban Institute, May 2012).. Consider Savings as Well as Costs: State Governments Would Spend at Least $90 Billion Less With the ACA than Without It from 2014 to 2019.. (Urban Institute, July 2011)..

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  • Title: Medicaid
    Descriptive info: By Topic.. Publications: Medicaid.. Other.. Topics.. Rx Drugs.. Long-Term Services.. Uninsured.. Global.. Health.. Go to.. 2 pp.. lays out reasons why Congress shouldn't trade defense spending cuts for cuts to the Medicaid program.. These defense cuts are part of the automatic spending cuts that will take effect January 2013 as part of the deficit reduction deal.. 4 pp.. gives an in-depth look at the Court's ruling on Medicaid and what advocates can do to make sure their state expands coverage.. 8 pp.. explains how Medicaid coverage can actually help children in ways that help them perform better at school.. explains what was at stake in the case against the Affordable Care Act, how the Supreme Court ruled, and the impact of the ruling on the law.. discusses the quality care that people get in the Medicaid program and its popularity among those who use it.. Evaluating Managed Long-Term Care Proposals in Your State: Key Areas for Advocacy.. provides questions related to consumer input, program structure, plan selection, consumer protections, plan evaluation, and state readiness that advocates should consider as states design their managed long-term care programs.. 19 pp.. Managed Long-Term Care in Medicaid: What Advocates Need to Know.. explains potential benefits and drawbacks of managed long-term care in Medicaid.. It also describes alternative options for restructuring long-term care and offers advice for managing expectations for savings.. 11 pp.. State Plan Amendments and Waivers: How States Can Change Their Medicaid Programs.. provides an overview of state plan amendments and waivers and explains what each can mean from an advocacy perspective.. 12 pp.. explores how cost-sharing negatively affects Medicaid beneficiaries, Medicaid, and the health care system.. Key Issues in the Final and Interim Final Rules on Establishing Exchanges and Expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.. explains how the governor's proposed cuts would damage the state's economy and hurt Illinoisans who depend on Medicaid.. details how the Republican proposal would affect the states.. It provides state-level data on the federal funding each state would lose, the additional burden on taxpayers, and the rise in the number of uninsured residents.. 18 pp.. How the Affordable Care Act Makes the Section 1115 Waiver Process More Transparent: An Advocate's Guide.. explains the new rules that will give advocates and consumers a bigger voice in the waiver process.. It describes when advocates can comment on waivers, and it offers tips on how to take advantage of all the opportunities the new rules provide.. 6 pp.. Getting Covered: Finding Health Insurance When You Lose Your Job.. is designed to help consumers who've lost their health coverage sort through possible options for new coverage, including COBRA, Medicaid, CHIP, other federal and state programs, and the individual market.. (Updated February 2012).. Making the Most of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs): What Advocates Need to Know.. provides an overview of ACOs; the promise they hold; and how they could change Medicare, Medicaid, and the health care landscape.. It also identifies key challenges in their development and suggests how advocates can get involved in ways that benefit patients.. provides state-level data highlighting how important hospitals are to state residents at every stage of life, whether or not they are covered by Medicaid.. It also explains that hospitals are vital economic engines and that federal Medicaid cuts could harm many communities.. Implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: A 2012 State To-Do List for Exchanges, Private Coverage, and Medicaid.. gives state advocates an in-depth blueprint for action in 2012, outlining issues to start thinking about and tasks that deserve immediate attention.. 10 pp.. Putting the Accountability in Accountable Care Organizations: Payment and Quality Measurements.. examines some of the challenges that advocates will face when working with policy makers, insurers, and providers to develop mechanisms that ensure that beneficiaries receive high-quality care at a lower cost.. 9 pp.. Determining Shared Savings or Losses.. (January 2012).. Designing Consumer-Friendly Beneficiary Assignment and Notification Processes for Accountable Care Organizations.. discusses the challenges advocates will face when developing these processes, and it recommends certain notification requirements and beneficiary protections.. The Bottom Line: How the Affordable Care Act Helps America's Families.. shows the net financial effects of the Affordable Care Act on family budgets.. We found that lower- and middle-income families, both uninsured and insured, will be financial winners.. Simplifying Enrollment and Eligibility with Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI).. explains the benefits of aligning income calculation rules in Medicaid, CHIP, premium tax credits, and Basic Health programs (where applicable) through MAGI.. examines how essential Medicaid is for blacks and Latinos with cancer, diabetes, chronic lung disease, or heart disease or stroke.. Cutting Medicaid would put them at risk.. The Affordable Care Act will greatly help blacks and Latinos afford coverage.. Released in partnership with seven other groups.. 26 pp.. Presumptive Eligibility: A Step toward Streamlined Enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP.. explores how the Affordable Care Act expands presumptive eligibility to help states streamline enrollment and discusses the important role that presumptive eligibility can play in helping low-income people get access to care during and after the implementation of the new law.. To Build a Strong Affordable Care Act, Protect Medicaid.. explains that Medicaid is the foundation for health reform and briefly discusses the proposals that could damage Medicaid.. Those working to implement health reform need to understand how threats to Medicaid could undermine their work.. 7 pp.. examines how vital Medicaid is for residents with cancer, diabetes, chronic lung disease, or heart disease or stroke.. For these people, Medicaid can be the difference between life and death, and program cuts would put them at risk.. Released in partnership with three other groups.. 14 pp.. explains that increasing revenue needs to be a substantial part of the deficit reduction equation because spending cuts alone would hurt the economy and low- and middle-income Americans.. The Super Committee: Where They Stand on Medicaid, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act.. provides a profile of each member's position on these key issues.. It also includes each member s stance on increasing revenues as an option for reducing the deficit.. offers talking points on the importance of Medicaid and the costs that would result from cuts to the program.. 3 pp.. explains the threat to Medicaid posed by the debt ceiling compromise and urges advocates to speak up about the importance of Medicaid and the dangers of cutting the program.. The Basic Health Option: Will It Work for Low-Income Consumers?.. provides a framework for advocates to think about whether this option, created by the health care law, will work for their state.. It covers program basics, discusses the problems it might address, and raises key issues that can affect the direction such a program might take.. presents talking points on a new study that unequivocally shows the positive value of Medicaid.. discusses how advocates can fight proposals that would dismantle Medicaid, some of which could result from behind-closed-door budget talks.. provides state-level data that show the devastating impact the House Republican budget proposal would have.. The proposal's substantial Medicaid cuts would harm program enrollees and their families and lead to a loss of business activity and jobs in all states.. 17 pp.. assesses the human impact of proposed Medicaid cuts on those who need long-term care, as well as their families.. It provides state-specific numbers on how many people would be affected by cuts, as well as on how the cuts would hurt families and state workers.. A Guide for State Advocates: State Demonstrations to Integrate Medicare and Medicaid.. explains the requirements for demonstrations, discusses possible models of integration, and provides guidance to advocates on how to get involved in the planning process.. takes a closer look at how the recent budget proposal would harm seniors, children, and state economies, including state-specific numbers.. is A Q A on the possible consequences of the House budget resolution for two groups that would be disproportionately affected by Medicare and Medicaid cuts.. The Health Care Law: Good News for Caregivers.. discusses how the health care law will help build the long-term care workforce, encourage states to expand home- and community-based services in Medicaid, improve resources for caregivers, and expand protections for people in long-term care facilities.. The Affordable Care Act: Provisions that Will Help Caregivers.. (March 2011).. Applying for Health Coverage Online: The Affordable Care Act Helps Americans Enroll.. discusses provisions in the Affordable Care Act that call for states to have one streamlined online application that allows consumers to apply for Medicaid, CHIP, and premiums credits available to purchase health coverage in state exchanges.. The brief also examines where states are now in the implementation of an online application process.. 20 pp.. Protecting Seniors and People with Disabilities: Why It Is Important to Preserve the Maintenance of Effort Requirement in the Affordable Care Act.. discusses how stripping the maintenance of effort requirement from the ACA will have negative consequences for the many people who depend on Medicaid by allowing states to change eligibility requirements.. (February 2011) |.. Express Lane Eligibility: Early State Experiences and Lessons for Health Reform.. reviews the early experiences of four states under the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) and how those experiences can be instructive as states move to implement health reform.. The states are Alabama, Iowa, Louisiana, and New Jersey.. (January 2011).. Enrollment Policy Provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.. outlines the provisions that apply to Medicaid, CHIP, and the exchanges, and those that encourage coordination of enrollment procedures among the three programs.. (Updated December 2010).. The Medicare Drug Benefit: How Much Will You Pay?.. presents tables that detail the basic benefit, as well as the low-income benefit for those who are and aren't enrolled in Medicaid.. (Updated November 2010).. Express Lane Eligibility: What Is It, and How Does It Work?.. explains how express lane eligibility programs work in light of the 2009 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA), and describes options for states in designing their programs.. 7pp.. (October 2010).. Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act: Reframing the Debate.. addresses concerns about the effect of the Medicaid expansion on state budgets and outlines the many benefits that the Medicaid expansion will bring to states and the uninsured.. Implementing Health Insurance Exchanges: A Guide to State Activities and Choices.. describes the requirements in the Affordable Care Act that exchanges must meet and outlines key questions that states and consumer advocates will need to consider as the exchanges are designed.. 30 pp.. Health Reform Provisions that Expand Access to Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS).. briefly outlines key provisions, including the State Balancing Incentive Payments Program, the Community First Choice Option, and Changes to the Medicaid 1915(i) option.. (September 2010).. Expanding Coverage for Recent Immigrants: CHIPRA Gives States New Options.. examines the provision that lifts the "five year bar" for legally residing immigrant children and pregnant women.. It discusses how states can take advantage of this new option to expand coverage and why they should.. (updated August 2010).. Five Good Reasons Why States Shouldn't Cut Home- and Community-Based Services in Medicaid.. outlines why cutting home- and community-based services in Medicaid is a bad idea for states that are facing budget shortfalls.. Sources.. (July 2010).. Health Reform: New Opportunities for States to Invest in Home- and Community-Based Services.. is a series of state-specific fact sheets that explore the new options for states to expand home- and community-based services through the health reform law and the reasons why expanding this type of services is a good idea.. (Summer 2010).. Covering Pregnant Women: CHIPRA Offers a New Option.. discusses the new option that states have to provide pregnant women with comprehensive health care during pregnancy and for a limited postpartum period, and a simple administrative way to do so.. How Health Reform Helps Low-Income Children.. discusses how health reform sustains Medicaid and CHIP funding, enhances enrollment in the programs, further expands children's coverage, and increases their health care benefits.. Streamlining Citizenship Documentation: States Can Make Documenting Citizenship and Identity Easier.. discusses several important changes that the CHIP Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) made to the citizenship documentation requirement that make it less burdensome for consumers and states.. (June 2010).. Long-Term Services: Provisions in the New Health Reform Law.. outlines key provisions that expand coverage, including the Community First Choice Option, the State Balancing Incentives Payment Program, the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Program, and extending the Money Follows the Person Medicaid demonstration project.. (May 2010).. Moving toward Health Equity: Health Reform Creates a Foundation for Eliminating Disparities.. summarizes provisions that will expand access to care through Medicaid and community health centers, and that address health disparities by promoting language access, increasing workforce diversity, and reauthorizing the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.. Early Medicaid Expansions under Health Reform.. discusses how states can expand their Medicaid programs under a state plan amendment prior to 2014-and why they should.. The First 90 Days: A State Advocate's To-Do List.. provides an overview of the provisions to be implemented in the first 90 days, including coverage for uninsured people with pre-existing conditions, grants for consumer assistance offices, and Medicaid and CHIP maintenance of effort requirements.. pdf version.. (April 2010).. Helping People with Long-Term Health Care Needs: Improving Access to Home- and Community-Based Services in Medicaid.. discusses how health reform gives states incentives to strengthen home- and community-based services in Medicaid.. (Updated April 2010).. A Summary of the New Health Reform Law.. describes the major changes in health coverage that health reform will bring, including Medicaid and CHIP coverage, the affordability provisions, the exchanges, individual and employer responsibility requirements, improvements in private market coverage, and changes to Medicare and long-term services.. 21 pp.. Help Is on the Way: 12 Reasons to Embrace Health Reform.. discusses key improvements in the new health reform law, including clamping down on insurance company abuses, offering tax credits to small businesses, expanding Medicaid, and improving Medicare.. (March 2010).. Maintenance of Effort Requirements under Health Reform.. discusses how health reform changes the maintenance of effort requirements that are already in place for state Medicaid and CHIP programs.. Improving Language Access: CHIPRA Provides Increased Funding for Language Services.. discusses the increased funding for language assistance services (interpretation and translation) and how states cover these services for Medicaid and CHIP enrollees who are limited English proficient, or LEP.. (February 2010).. States in Need: Congress Should Extend Temporary Increase in Medicaid Funding.. examines why states continue to need this federal help.. It includes state-specific data on the federal Medicaid support in the President's budget and on the many positive economic impacts of extending this fiscal relief.. 15 pp.. Print copies free (February 2010).. discusses how health care reform will  ...   potentially negative impact that recently proposed changes to the South Carolina and Florida Medicaid programs will have on minority health.. This issue brief also explores the role of Medicaid in improving access to health care for racial and ethnic minorities and analyzes the threat that state Medicaid waivers pose to the health of minority populations.. Print copies $2 (November 2005).. Good for Kids, Good for the Economy: Health Coverage for All Kids in Illinois.. A discussion of how Governor Blagojevich's All Kids proposal would expand health coverage for the state's children while helping the economy, bringing federal dollars to the state and generating significant economic activity.. Print copies $2 (October 2005).. Faced with budget shortfalls and rising Medicaid costs, states are asking the federal government for broad discretion to increase cost-sharing in Medicaid.. Cost-Sharing in Medicaid: It's Not about "Skin in the Game" It's about Lives on the Line.. discusses how increased cost-sharing deters low-income people from enrolling in coverage and seeking necessary health care, which leads to higher costs in the long run.. Free (September 2005).. The Choice: Health Care for People or Drug Industry Profits.. This report examined drug industry profits and spending patterns to determine if Medicaid payments to drug companies could be reduced without harming either Medicaid enrollees' access to medications or the drug companies' ability to conduct necessary research and development.. Key Findings.. 36 pp.. 00 (September 2005).. Gearing Up Series--The Holes in Part D: Gaps in the New Medicare Drug Benefit.. (Part 1 of 2).. This brief discusses the three major kinds of gaps associated with the Part D benefit: 1) the financial gap beneficiaries will face; 2) the drug coverage gap; and 3) the enrollment gap.. Free (July 2005).. Gearing Up Series--Filling the Holes in Part D: The Essential Role of State Pharmacy Assistance Programs.. (Part 2 of 2).. This brief examines the key decisions states will have to make when determining how their Pharmacy Assistance Programs can provide wraparound coverage and explains the special role of these programs under the Medicare drug law.. It also discusses how these programs can help with enrollment.. (July 2005).. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Analysis of the National Governors Association's Medicaid Reform Proposal.. Trouble Brewing? New Medicare Drug Law Puts Low-Income People at Risk.. The Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) was touted as a program that would help all Medicare enrollees, particularly the neediest, obtain prescription drug coverage.. Now there is evidence that a flaw in the MMA will cause serious harm to many of the most vulnerable elderly and people with disabilities.. State-Level Impact of Federal Budget Agreement on Medicaid.. contains tables showing how much money states could lose if Congress adopts its proposed Medicaid cuts, as well as tables showing how many children and seniors could be covered if those cuts weren't made.. (Revised May 9, 2005).. Utah's Primary Care Network Medicaid Program.. provides a summary of the program and discusses the negative impact the program has had on the state's Medicaid program and the people who rely on Medicaid.. (April 2005).. Showdown in the Show-Me State: Governor Blunt vs.. This report looks at Missouri's proposed severe Medicaid cuts, which would drive the state from the middle of the road to the bottom of the pack in terms of coverage for parents.. Free (March 2005).. Numbers, Numbers, Numbers One Bottom Line: Huge Medicaid Cuts Proposed.. discusses the many conflicting numbers proposed for Medicaid cuts and what they really mean for the program.. (March 11, 2005).. Cut Medicaid--Increase Health Disparities: How Cuts to "Optional" Beneficiaries Will Affect Minority Health.. The lack of true distinction between mandatory and so-called "optional" enrollees.. Tthis brief also analyzes how proposed Medicaid cuts that target "optional" enrollees will exacerbate health disparities because they will have a disproportionate impact on the health care and health outcomes of racial and ethnic minorities, particularly African-American seniors in nursing homes.. 5 pp.. Free (February 9, 2005).. ".. Capping Medicaid Funding: How Block Grants Would Hurt States.. discusses how capping federal Medicaid funding and turning the program into a block grant would harm both Medicaid beneficiaries and state budgets.. (December 2004).. Medicaid: Good Medicine for State Economies, 2004 Update.. Medicaid provides essential health care services for an estimated 51 million people of all ages and economic classes.. Medicaid also plays a unique role in stimulating state economies.. This report provides national and state-level data on the effects of Medicaid spending on state business activity, employment, and employee earnings.. 25 pp.. 00 (May 2004).. Share of Medicaid and SCHIP Funding Paid by the Federal Government, State by State.. Free (Rev.. March 2004).. Immigrant Provisions of the Senate Prescription Drug Bill: A Good Investment in America's Future.. discusses the provisions of the Medicare prescription drug bill, which would give states the option of offering Medicaid and SCHIP coverage to children and pregnant women who are legal U.. residents.. (July 14, 2003).. The National Governors Association Medicaid Block-Grant.. Free (June 2003).. Capping Medicaid Funding: The Problem with Block Grants.. Slashing Medicaid: The Hidden Effects of the President's Block-Grant Proposal.. This special report shows that the President's recent Medicaid proposal, masquerading as fiscal relief for the states, will actually reduce funding for Medicaid and SCHIP by nearly half a trillion dollars over the next 10 years.. The report includes year-by-year reductions in spending as well as state-by-state examples of what the most severe reductions (taking place in 2013) would mean--both in terms of dollars and in terms of the impact on people--if they were implemented today.. $5.. 00.. (May 2003).. Share of Medicaid and SCHIP Funding Paid by the Federal Government, State by State (Rev.. May 29, 2003 to reflect changes in tax bill) 2 pp.. Free.. By Dollars.. By Percents.. What a Temporary Increase in Federal Assistance Will Mean for Your State, 2003-2004.. Free (Revised May 16, 2003).. Proposed Fiscal Relief to States, FY2003-2004 How Does Your State Fare?.. compares how states would fare under bipartisan fiscal relief legislation introduced in the Senate and the plan offered by President Bush.. (February 21, 2003).. Issue Brief: Preliminary Analysis of New Bush Proposal to Block-Grant Medicaid.. discusses a proposal from the Bush Administration to radically restructure the Medicaid program.. The plan would combine Medicaid and SCHIP funds in the form of a federal block grant and would likely result in reduced access to health care for low-income people.. (February 12, 2003).. The Bush Administration's Fiscal Year 2004 Budget: Analysis of Key Health Care Provisions.. (February 7, 2003).. Medicaid: Good Medicine for State Economies.. This report determines the aggregate impact of Medicaid spending on each state's economy.. Using an economic model from the U.. Department of Commerce, the report calculates the new economic activity that will be generated by Medicaid spending in the following three areas: 1) business activity (the increased output of goods and services); 2) employment (the number of new jobs created); and 3) employee earnings (wages and salaries).. 00 (January 2003).. Medicaid: Good Medicine for California's Economy.. This report covers the same territory as the national report, but it also includes some additional information.. The California report takes recent proposals by Gov.. Davis to cut Medicaid spending and uses the economic multipliers to calculate the consequences of those cuts to California's economy.. These calculations are done for the governor's December 2002 proposals (see Table 3 in the report) and for his January 10, 2003 proposals.. $10.. (January 2003).. Supplemental Table.. Preserving Medicaid in Tough Times: An Action Kit for State Advocates, 2003 Update.. Designed to help advocates respond state budget cuts and the effects these cuts may have on Medicaid beneficiaries.. Kit includes background information, discussion of options, state-based strategies, case studies, and other resources.. $20.. Medicaid Managed Care Final Regulations Issued.. A Field Report.. In June, the Bush Administration released final regulations implementing patient protections for Medicaid beneficiaries enrolled in managed care.. This report summarizes the main provisions of these regulations, including state plan requirements, enrollee rights, and grievance systems.. $3.. 00 (September 2002).. Expanding Medicaid: State Options - Could Your State Do More to Expand Medicaid for Seniors and Adults with Disabilities?.. (November 2001).. Research Shows the Negative Impact of Out-of-Pocket Costs on Low-Income People.. summarizes research on the impact of cost-sharing on low-income people.. (August 2001).. Consumer Health Assistance Programs: Report on a National Survey.. Consumer health assistance programs come in many shapes and sizes.. Some serve Medicare beneficiaries, for example; some serve people in long-term care facilities or those who are privately insured.. Families USA conducted a nationwide survey of these programs, and the findings are summarized in this report.. 48 pp.. 00 (July 2001).. The Health Care Safety Net: Millions of Low-Income People Left Uninsured.. A Special Report.. $2.. (July 2001).. Designing a Consumer Health Assistance Program.. As health care becomes more complex, many states and localities are developing consumer health assistance programs to meet the needs of consumers within their jurisdictions.. This guide reviews some key considerations to keep in mind when designing such programs.. 24 pp.. (June 2001).. Medicaid Managed Care Consumer Protection Regulations: No Patients' Rights for the Poor.. (May 2001).. Five Good Reasons for States to Expand Family Coverage.. This fact sheet outlines reasons to expand the Medicaid and CHIP programs to include working parents and adults.. (April, 2001).. Medicaid Managed Care Regulations Issued: What Do They Do? Will They Be Implemented?.. provides a short history of Medicaid managed care and examines new regulations that will allow states increased flexibility and give beneficiaries new protections.. (March 2001).. Immigrants' Eligibility for Medicaid and CHIP.. (February 2001).. Expanding Coverage for Low-Income Parents: An Action Kit for Advocates.. Designed for the busy advocate, this set of materials will help you design and carry out a campaign to expand coverage of low-income parents in your state.. Kit includes background pieces, what other states have done, case studies, media strategies, and a PowerPoint presentation on disk.. (January 2001).. A Guide to Monitoring Medicaid Managed Care.. This guide will help community organizations determine how well managed care plans are serving Medicaid beneficiaries.. Provides the how-to's of monitoring projects, from simple "do-it-yourself" efforts to the gathering and analysis of data from many sources.. 84 pp.. (September 2000).. Go to Directly to Work, Do Not Collect Health Insurance: Low Income Parents Lose Medicaid.. Nearly one million low-income parents in 15 states lost Medicaid coverage over the past four years, due largely to flaws in state implementation of welfare reform.. While states have liberalized eligibility levels so more children can qualify for coverage, few states have done so for parents.. 41 pp.. (June 2000).. Uninsured in Michigan: Working Parents Lose Health Coverage.. Parents moving from welfare to work often find low-paying jobs that pay enough to make them ineligible for Medicaid, but do not provide affordable health insurance.. This Families USA study found that the number of parents on Michigan's Medicaid rolls dropped 25 percent between January 1996 and December 1999.. (May 2000).. Clouds Over the Sunshine State: Florida's Working Parents Lose Health Coverage.. The number of parents on Florida's Medicaid rolls dropped by more than one-third between January 1996 and December 1999.. This Families USA study also found that 41 percent of Florida's lower income adults are uninsured.. (March 2000).. What Did Welfare Reform Do to Medicaid in Your State and What Can You Do About It: An Action Kit for Advocates.. Designed for the busy advocate, this set of materials will help you identify problems in your state's administration of Medicaid and, for each problem, suggests solutions.. Profiles of successful organizing efforts in four states, ideas for garnering media coverage, and other resource materials included.. (January 2000).. Losing Health Insurance: The Unintended Consequences of Welfare Reform.. A 45-page report showing that 675,000 people--most of them children--lost Medicaid coverage and became uninsured as a result of welfare reform.. The report explains that this troubling trend is likely to accelerate in the years ahead.. 45 pp.. (May 1999).. The Quality of Maryland and District of Columbia Medicaid Managed Care Plans: External Reviews.. A 36-page report looks at the external quality review process for Medicaid HMOs and finds problems in how external reviews are administered.. December 1998.. A Guide to Access to Providers in Medicaid Managed Care.. This 62-page guide examines how managed care has affected Medicaid beneficiaries' access to primary care physicians and specialists, including "traditional Medicaid providers.. " Explores problems in access to care, explains access requirements in federal law, and gives suggestions for steps advocates can take to help assure provider availability.. Features tables of provider access requirements in state Medicaid managed care contracts.. Print only.. (April 1998).. A Guide to Meeting the Needs of People with Chronic and Disabling Conditions in Medicaid Managed Care.. This 44-page guide, written by National Health Law Program and Families USA, examines issues confronting states as they move toward mandating managed care for people with chronic and disabling conditions.. The guide discusses problems experienced when either populations or services are "carved out," looks at steps states have taken to ensure quality care, and provides advocates with information about where to make their voices heard.. Fact sheet also available.. (January 1998).. A Guide to Complaints, Grievances, and Hearings Under Medicaid Managed Care.. This 43-page guide, written by National Health Law Program and Families USA, provides an overview of Medicaid managed care enrollees' legal rights, common problems that prevent beneficiaries from receiving an impartial review, examples of what states have done to protect the rights of beneficiaries, and suggestions for ways advocates can help ensure an adequate complaint process is in place.. A Guide to Cost-Sharing and Low-Income People.. This 40-page guide addresses the imposition of cost-sharing (co-payments, de ductibles, premiums) in both the Medicaid program and the new State Children's Health Insurance Program.. Current legal requirements are presented and research on the effects of cost-sharing is summarized.. (October 1997).. A Guide to Marketing and Enrollment In Medicaid Managed Care.. This guide reviews common problems experienced when states move their Medicaid populations into managed care and discusses solutions to those problems.. Includes a chart comparing provisions of various state RFPs used to solicit enrollment brokers.. 34 pp.. (June 1997).. The Wisconsin Welfare Proposal's Minefield: A Medicaid Block Grant.. (June 1996).. The New Republican Medicaid Bill: A Chip Off the Old Block.. (April 1996).. What Does the National Governors' Association Proposal Mean for Medicaid Beneficiaries? A Special Report.. Hurting Real People: The Human Impact of Medicaid Cuts.. This report focuses on ten key features of the Medicaid program.. Describes potential problems families will face if policymakers cut fed-eral Medicaid funds and eliminate federal consumer protections.. (June 1995).. Medicaid Cutbacks Harm the States.. (March 1995).. Return to Top..

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  • Title: Children's Health
    Descriptive info: Publications: Children's Health.. A Nation in Need of Dental Care.. is a fact sheet about how limited access to dental care in the United States has an effect on overall health, productivity, and financial security.. States Are Benefitting from Provisions of the Affordable Care Act.. lists the number of people in each state who are already benefiting from each of five provisions.. The provisions include measures that are helping small businesses provide coverage to their workers, helping seniors get free preventive care, and protecting children with pre-existing conditions.. Table.. How States Are Making Sure Coverage Is Available to Children.. notes that, under health reform, insurers are required to accept children regardless of any pre-existing conditions in all group plans and in newly sold individual plans, and it examines what several states are doing to make sure that child-only policies are still available.. Dental and Mental Health: Benefit Improvements in CHIPRA.. describes the law's new benefit provisions, explains what states must do to comply with the law, and discusses the new options that states have to expand access to dental and mental health care for low-income children.. 00 (January 2010).. Yes We Can.. Cover More than 4 Million Uninsured Children.. shows how many children would gain coverage in all 50 states and the District of Columbia under the CHIP reauthorization bill passed by the House (H.. R.. 2).. Left Behind: America's Uninsured Children.. : The Bush Administration's opposition to expanding CHIP, as well as the economic crisis, have put new pressure on states to deal with the growing need for health coverage.. Print copies $10 (October-November 2008).. Still Too Many Uninsured Children.. examines the new Census Bureau data about children's health coverage in 2007.. It describes the importance of Medicaid and CHIP for children's health coverage, how the President's harmful policies are hurting children, and what Congress and the next President should do to help.. Free (August 2008).. Detour on the Road to Kids Coverage: Administration Creates Roadblocks, So States Seek Alternative Routes.. examines the current state of children's coverage and finds that, while the Administration's new directive has created roadblocks that stymied state efforts to expand eligibility, it has not stopped states from making progress.. (July 2008).. 9 Million Children and Counting: The Administration's Attack on Health Coverage for America's Children.. examines how the President's two vetoes of CHIP reauthorization legislation, combined with the August 2007 CMS directive, will jeopardize health care for thousands of children.. And the President's proposed fiscal year 2009 budget would hurt children's coverage even more.. Print copies $2 (February 2008).. Free (December 2006, updated June 2007).. explains the basics about SCHIP, including who qualifies for SCHIP, how SCHIP is financed, and whether eligible children are getting enrolled.. Free (November 2006, updated June 2007).. CHIP Reauthorization: What's at Stake for the States?.. New state-specific reports show how much money states could gain from SCHIP reauthorization and what that money would mean to the state's economy.. When One Size Doesn't Fit All: the Importance of State Flexibility in SCHIP Eligibility.. looks at how different costs of living in different parts of the country affect how far a dollar goes, and how this relates to state choices to set SCHIP eligibility limits higher than twice the federal poverty level.. Free (April 2007).. The Great Divide: When Kids Get Sick, Insurance Matters.. presents ground-breaking data that show that, when kids get sick or hurt, insurance matters.. Children without health insurance receive less and inferior care, and, for those uninsured children with severe illnesses or injuries, this can lead to most severe and tragic consequences.. Print copies $15 (February 2007).. Illinois' All Kids: A Step in the Right Direction.. discusses this new children's coverage program, including eligibility, benefits, cost-sharing, and  ...   An issue brief about ways that states can empower health care providers and certain community-based organizations to enroll children in Medicaid right away, while their applications are being processed.. One Step Forward, One Step Back: Children's Health Coverage after CHIP and Welfare Reform.. A look at children's enrollment in Medicaid and the new children's health insurance program in the 12 states with the largest number of uninsured children (AZ, CA, FL, GA, IL, LA, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, and TX) from 1996 to 1999.. Figures show that, while large numbers of children have lost Medicaid coverage in the wake of welfare reform, the new CHIP program is starting to reach children who were previously ineligible for public coverage.. (October 1999).. Promising Ideas in Children's Health Insurance: Coordination with School Lunch Programs.. A 12-page issue brief about ways that school lunch programs can facilitate enrollment of eligible children in the new Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and in Medicaid.. Examples from Colorado, Illinois, and Washington are provided.. Deep in the Heart of Texas: Uninsured Children in the Lone Star State.. A report on uninsured children in Texas: how many are uninsured; who they are; and what can be done to help them.. 30-pp.. (February 1999).. Answering the Opposition to Children's Health Insurance,.. (October 1998).. Family Coverage Options under CHIP, the State Children's Health Insurance Program,.. (August 1998).. D.. C.. Children Don't Receive Complete Health Screens Required by Law,.. Issue Brief.. (July 1998).. State Children's Health Insurance Program: Resources for Advocates.. A large notebook filled with materials prepared by Families USA and other organizations providing advocates with one source for information on the State Children's Health Insurance Program.. Covers such topics: State Data, Benefits, Outreach/Enrollment, Crowd Out, Cost Sharing, Quality/Access, Managed Care, Children w/Special Health Care Needs, and Key Contacts on Children's Health Insurance.. $30.. (June 1998).. Outreach Strategies in the State Children's Health Insurance Program.. Good Ideas from State Plans: State Child Health Plan Provisions that Can Benefit Children.. Co authored by Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Children's Defense Fund, Families USA, Family Voices, National Association of Child Advocates, and National Association of Children's Hospitals.. (April 27, 1998).. Expanding Medicaid is the Best Option.. Children's Health Campaign Fact Sheet.. (February 1998).. Priorities for Expanding Medicaid,.. If a State Chooses a Separate State Insurance Program,.. 2 pp.. What Is Crowd Out and Why Should Children's Health Advocates Care?.. (January 15, 1998).. A Preliminary Guide to Expansion of Children's Health Coverage.. This 52-page guide provides a summary of the new children's health initiative enacted as part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 and discusses key decisions facing the states as they implement the new program.. Lays out the pros and cons of Medicaid and of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).. Includes an index to the new law and a chart of state funding allocations.. (September 1997).. Unmet Needs: The Large Differences in Health Care Between Uninsured and Insured Children.. This special report, based on interview data gathered by the National Center for Health Statistics, shows that children who are uninsured for a year or more make half as many visits to the doctor and have less than half as many inpatient days in the hospital as insured children.. One Out of Three: Kids Without Health Insurance, 1995-1996.. This report looks at the number of children who went without health insurance for one month or more, at how long they were uninsured, and at other characteristics, such as race and family income.. (March 1997).. Describes potential problems families will face if policymakers cut federal Medicaid funds and eliminate federal consumer protections.. People Just Like You.. A 19-minute video about the need for health care reform.. (January 1993).. Return to top..

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  • Title: Medicare
    Descriptive info: Publications: Medicare.. Welcome to the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit for 2013.. is an updated illustration that reflects improvements made by the Affordable Care Act that will lessen the amount enrollees will pay when they fall into the "doughnut hole.. " 1 p.. (Updated October 2012).. What's Wrong with Premium Support in Medicare?.. lays out the problems with the Republican proposal that would end Medicare as we know it and turn it into a voucher program.. The Republican Budget Proposal: Ending Medicare As We Know It Again.. explains that House Republicans would harm both current and future Medicare beneficiaries by replacing the program with a voucher system and making substantial benefit cuts.. The report also provides state-level data on the prescription drug savings that enrollees would lose under this proposal.. Welcome to the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit for 2012.. Emphasizing Preventive Care and Wellness in Medicare.. This series of fact sheets discusses how Medicare is taking an important step forward, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, to provide more preventive and wellness care to beneficiaries.. Medicare is now providing free preventive care and a free annual wellness visit that will help beneficiaries prevent illness in the first place.. These fact sheets discuss how beneficiaries can take advantage of these benefits and how advocates can answer questions and resolve problems.. For consumers:.. Medicare's Preventive Care Benefit: What It Means for You.. (5 pp.. ) l.. Medicare's Annual Wellness Visit: What It Means for You.. (4 pp.. ).. For advocates:.. An Advocate's Guide to the Preventive Services Benefit in Medicare.. (6 pp.. An Advocate's Guide to the Annual Wellness Visit Benefit in Medicare.. Helping People with Medicare.. discusses how health reform will help make Medicare more affordable for seniors and people with disabilities, improve health care quality for enrollees, and make the program more financially secure.. (Updated September 2011).. Medicare Home.. Health Hazard: How the House Republican Budget Resolution Would Dramatically Change Medicare.. looks at the impact of the proposal, which would turn Medicare into a voucher program, re-open the "doughnut hole," and raise the eligibility age for Medicare.. An Advocate's Guide to the Medicare Coverage Gap Discount Program.. is a troubleshooting guide for advocates who assist beneficiaries with navigating the new program, including answers to frequently asked questions.. (December 2010).. Help in the Doughnut Hole: the Medicare Coverage Gap Discount Program.. discusses the basics of this program, including the 2010 rebate checks, the 2011 discounts, changes in drug availability, and dispute resolution.. Welcome to the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit for 2011.. " (November 2010).. In Perspective: Better Safety and Quality for Seniors and People with Disabilities.. discusses the Elder Justice Act, the Patient Safety and Abuse Prevention Act, and the Nursing Home Transparency and Improvement Act, three sections in the Affordable Care Act that will bring historic improvements to the quality and safety of long-term care and result in the most comprehensive federal effort ever to fight elder abuse.. In Perspective: Lower Costs, Better Care: Medicare Cost Savings in the Affordable Care Act.. discusses how the Affordable Care Act will make Medicare work more efficiently by improving the way providers deliver care, modernizing how Medicare pays for services, and eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse in the system.. These changes will also reduce costs, make the program more sustainable, and allow for better benefits for those who depend on Medicare.. Talking Points.. What Will the New Health Reform Law Do in the First Year?.. discusses how health reform will help people with pre-existing conditions, young adults, people on Medicare, small businesses, community health centers, and others in its first year.. Making the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) Work: How States Can Help People with Medicare.. examines how this legislation improves the Medicare Savings Programs and the Part D Low-Income Subsidy, making Medicare more affordable for low-income beneficiaries.. It includes tips for advocates.. Medicare Advantage: Senate Bill Makes Necessary Changes.. discusses several long-overdue changes that the Senate health reform bill would make, including rolling back the billions of dollars in overpayments that go to these plans.. Print copies free (December 2009).. Help for People with Medicare.. discusses how the health reform legislation that is before Congress will help make Medicare more affordable for seniors and people with disabilities, as well as help make the program more financially secure.. Setting the Record Straight on Medicare.. dispels several myths about health reform and explains how health reform will help Medicare beneficiaries and strengthen the program.. 1 p.. Print copies free (August 2009) l.. Large Print.. Key Priorities to Help Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries.. discusses three actions Congress should take to improve the Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) and the Part D Low-Income Subsidy (LIS) as part of health reform.. 1 page.. (May 2009).. Medicare: Helping Low-Income Seniors and People with Disabilities.. examines the high out-of-pocket costs Medicare beneficiaries face and how health reform should improve existing programs that help them afford these costs.. These tables can help you estimate what you'll pay for prescription drugs under the Medicare drug benefit, including those enrolled in Medicaid.. (updated April 2009).. Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008: Addressing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.. discusses how the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) addresses health disparities within the Medicare population.. MIPPA provisions to address these issues include: improved data collection for measuring and evaluating health disparities, outreach to the previously uninsured, and compliance with cultural competency standards.. Print copies $2 (November 2008).. Congress Delivers Help to People with Medicare: An Overview of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act.. discusses the positive changes the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) makes to Medicare.. These changes include the improvement of Medicare health care benefits, the creation of policies that reduce racial and ethnic disparities among beneficiaries, and the reining in of inefficient private Medicare Advantage Plans.. Print copies $2 (October 2008).. Buyer Beware: Higher Costs, More Confusion for the 2008 Part D Enrollment Season.. discusses several reasons why Part D enrollees, especially those with low incomes, should carefully examine their plans to see if the plans will continue to suit their needs.. These reasons include rising premiums, the widening "doughnut hole," and other changes in coverage.. Free (November 2007).. The CHAMP Act's Medicare Provisions Offer Real Help to Seniors and People with Disabilities.. discusses how this bill, passed by the House of Representatives on August 1, would level the playing field between traditional Medicare and private Medicare Advantage plans, improve benefits for beneficiaries, particularly for those with low incomes, and protect Medicare consumers.. Free (September 2007).. Whose Advantage? Billions in Windfall Payments Go to Private Medicare Plans.. Medicare's private plans, now called Medicare Advantage plans, were supposed to save taxpayers money and provide better health care for beneficiaries.. In reality, they are paid billions more than traditional Medicare while providing little, if anything, in the way of improved care.. Print copies $2 (June 2007).. Medicare Part D Drug Prices Are Climbing Quickly.. explains that private insurance plans have not been able to negotiate lower drug prices in the Medicare Part D drug program, creating a growing burden for seniors and taxpayers.. Rhetoric versus Reality: Comparing Medicare Part D Prices to VA Prices.. rebuts the main arguments against comparing drug prices under Medicare Part D and those obtained by the Department of Veterans Affairs.. Medicare's Phony Problem: The 45 Percent Threshold.. examines the fundamental flaws inherent in the 45 percent threshold and discusses why correcting this nonexistent problem could do serious harm to beneficiaries and to Medicare itself.. Free (March 2007).. No Bargain: Medicare Drug Plans Deliver High Prices.. presents an analysis of drug prices that Part D plans charge for the 20 drugs most frequently prescribed  ...   potential problems that the Senate's Medicare prescription drug bill, which would not cover dual eligibles (low-income people who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid), could create for such beneficiaries and for Medicare and state Medicaid programs.. Free (September 3, 2003).. What's in the House and Senate Medicare Prescription Drug Bills?.. provides a side-by-side comparison of the two bills, examining basic drug benefits, premiums, out-of-pocket spending, and gaps in coverage for Medicare beneficiaries.. (July 17, 2003).. A large percent of those enrolled in Medicare are considered low-income.. Who Are Medicare's Low-Income Beneficiaries?.. examines the group s demographics and their ability to obtain affordable health services.. Tax-Free Savings Accounts for Medical Expenses: A Tax Cut Masquerading as Help to the Uninsured:.. This Issue Brief discusses Health Savings Accounts and Health Savings Security Accounts, two kinds of personal savings accounts that were created by a bill attached to the House Republican Medicare prescription drug legislation.. Free (July 2003).. Out of Bounds: Rising Prescription Drug Prices for Seniors.. documents the price increases for the top 50 prescription drugs sold to seniors.. The report examines the price increases that occurred from January 2002 to January 2003 for each of these 50 drugs.. On average, those prices rose almost three-and-one-half times the rate of inflation.. 00 (July 2003).. Top Dollar: CEO Compensation in Medicare's Private Insurance Plans.. documents the lavish salaries and compensation offered to the top executives in the leading health care plans currently serving Medicare enrollees.. The report compares the annual compensation packages for the highest-paid executives in 11 publicly traded, private health insurance companies.. 35pp.. $15 (June 2003).. Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries Are Most in Need of Prescription Drug Coverage.. Free (June 17, 2003).. Managed Care Plans Offer No Real Choice for Rural Medicare Beneficiaries.. Free (May 2003).. Issue Brief: WHY FEHBP Isn't a Good Option For Medicare.. - The Federal Employees Health Benefit Program (FEHBP) has frequently been pointed to as a model for Medicare.. An FEHBP-style overhaul is favored by many, but before it is seen as a panacea for Medicare, it is worth considering how well its basic structure fits Medicare--a fit that is not the best.. (March 2003).. Bitter Pill: The Rising Prices of Prescription Drugs for Older Americans.. Prices for the top 50 drugs used by senior citizens continue to outstrip inflation.. From 2001 to 2002, prices for these drugs grew by 7.. 8 percent: Name-brand drugs increased by 8.. 1 percent, while lower-priced generics grew by only 1.. 8 percent.. (June 2002).. Failing America's Seniors: Private Health Plans Provide Inadequate Rx Drug Coverage.. (May 2002).. Assessing the Bush Administration's Proposed Medicare Drug Discount Card Program.. (March 2002).. President Bush's Medicare Drug Proposals.. introduces the President s plans to create a prescription drug discount card program, encourage states to seek federal Medicaid waivers, and establish the Medicare Low-Income Drug Assistance Program.. (February 13, 2002).. Enough to Make You Sick: Prescription Drug Prices for the Elderly.. For the millions of older Americans who do not have prescription drug coverage, and for millions of others who have very limited coverage, increases in drug prices have a profound impact.. As this report demonstrates, these prices are increasing at rates that far exceed inflation.. Bush Budget Speeds Medicare Insolvency by 15 Years.. Cost Overdose: Growth in Drug Spending for the Elderly, 1992-2010.. America's seniors face prescription drug costs that are projected to more than double in the next 10 years.. This report tracks the rise in drug spending from 1992 through 2000 and projects increases through 2010.. 00 (July 2000).. Still Rising: Drug Price Increases for Seniors 1999-2000.. America's senior citizens are falling farther and farther behind in their struggles to pay for prescription drugs as the prices for those drugs increase faster than inflation.. This update of Hard to Swallow looks at the rising costs of the 50 drugs most commonly prescribed for senior citizens.. (April 2000).. "Key Features of President Clinton's Medicare Reform Bill".. "The Breaux-Frist Bill: Look Before You Leap,".. The Future of Medicare: #1.. "Turbulence Ahead for Seniors Under the Breaux-Frist Plan,".. The Future of Medicare: #2.. "The Breaux-Frist Proposal Will Jeopardize the Traditional Medicare Program,".. The Future of Medicare: #3.. "The Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan Not a Model for Medicare,".. The Future of Medicare: #4.. "The Breaux-Frist Bill Puts Rural Residents at Risk,".. The Future of Medicare: #5.. "Medicare Beneficiaries Need Drug Coverage Breaux-Frist Proposal Fails the Test,".. The Future of Medicare: #6.. Hard To Swallow: Rising Drug Prices for America's Seniors.. A look at the skyrocketing costs of the 50 drugs most used by older Americans.. Every year for the last five years, the prices of these drugs have increased faster than the rate of inflation, with increases in 1998, on average, four times the rate of inflation.. (November 1999).. Rural Neglect: Medicare HMOs Ignore Rural Communities.. A look at the availability of Medicare HMOs in non-metropolitan counties in the U.. , which finds that 73 percent of rural Medicare beneficiaries have no access to any Medicare HMO.. Concludes that Medicare reform should not be predicated on HMOs.. (September 1999).. The Impact of Medicare Reform on Low-Income Beneficiaries.. An 11-page report on what should be done to make sure low-income Medicare beneficiaries are helped, not hurt, by Medicare reform.. (March 1999).. Shortchanged: Billions Withheld from Medicare Beneficiaries.. Four million low-income Medicare beneficiaries are entitled to, but not receiving, subsidies to help cover their Medicare premiums and, for some, their deductibles and co-payments.. This 29-page report provides the state-by-state numbers of low-income elderly or disabled persons who should be receiving QMB, SLMB, or QI-1 benefits and the dollar amounts they have lost, with recommendations for government action.. 29 pp.. Monitoring Medicare HMOs: A Guide to Collecting and Interpreting Available Data.. Aimed at groups working with Medicare beneficiaries, this 86-page guide provides step-by-step instructions for gathering and making sense of Medicare HMO data from federal agencies, state governments, and other sources.. Parts of the guide will be useful to those interested in Medicaid and/or commercial HMOs.. 86 pp.. (May 1998).. Comparing Medicare HMOs: Do They Keep Their Members?.. This 44-page report looks at Medicare HMOs to see how many ben eficiaries quit, or disenroll.. Includes state-by-state and plan-by-plan data on the overall disenrollment rates as well as "rapid" disenrollment rates.. The report finds that the lowest disenrollment rates, indicating that beneficiaries are generally satisfied, are in nonprofit plans with a long history of serving Medicare beneficiaries.. (December 1997).. The Crushing Costs of Medicare Supplemental Policies.. A Special Report This special report presents findings of a Families USA study of dramatic increases in the premiums charged for Medigap insurance.. 31 pp.. 00 Print only.. (October 1996).. Medicare Beneficiaries With Low and Modest Incomes Hurt by Proposed Cuts.. (September 1995).. Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries Need Federal Protection.. (August 1995).. Worthless Promises: Drug Companies Keep Boosting Prices.. A look at price increases in the 20 top selling brand name prescription drugs used by all Americans, and in 20 top selling drugs used by older Americans from 1989 to 1994.. Compares median profits of pharmaceutical manufacturers to those of Fortune 500 companies.. The Medicare Buy-in: A Promise Unfulfilled.. A description of the Medicare buy-in benefits, the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) and Specified Low-income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB), and the failure of federal and state governments to provide Medicare buy-in benefits to almost half of those eligible; contains state-by-state estimates.. (March 1993).. Crossing to Mexico: Priced Out of American Health Care.. A survey of Mexican doctors and American consumers about the reasons Americans go to Mexico for routine medical care.. Includes price comparisons and physician visits.. (November 1992).. Making Them Wait for Social Security Benefits.. (October 1992).. The Health Cost Squeeze on Older Americans.. (February 1992).. [Return to top]..

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