• “Verify First” Health Care Bill Is an Attack on Immigrants and Access to Health Care

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday on a bill that would prevent hundreds of thousands of people from accessing affordable health care due to bureaucratic glitches. HR 2581, or the “Verify First” Act, would create roadblocks to health care eligibility by making people pay the price for incomplete and deficient government databases. This would prevent people […]

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  • Tackling the Opioid Epidemic Depends on a Strong Medicaid Program

    The number of cases of death from drug overdose in 2016 most likely exceed 59,000, the largest annual jump ever recorded in the US, due in large part to the opioid crisis. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50, and early data suggests that drug overdose deaths will continue to rise […]

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  • The Future of State Insurance Marketplaces

    Insurance commissioners all over the country are pushing back filing deadlines for enrollment and offering new concessions to insurers to keep them from leaving their state marketplaces amid the uncertainty over the ACA. Insurers want assurances that they will continue to receive cost-sharing reduction payments from the federal government, totaling about $7 billion this year, but the […]

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  • Trump’s Fight Against Contraceptive Care 

    News sources report that the Trump administration has drafted a rule that would make birth control coverage the choice of any employer regardless of size, location, or business type. While the ACA requires nearly all employers to offer health insurance that covers contraceptive care, this draft rule, not yet released, would broaden the types of organizations that can request […]

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  • HEAL Act of 2017 

    Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham reintroduced the “Health Equity and Access under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women and Families Act,” which would restore access to affordable health coverage and care for immigrants who are authorized to live and work in the U.S. The HEAL act restores eligibility and eliminates the 5-year waiting period for all […]

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  • A Cautionary Tale

    In the spring of 1995, Washington State GOP legislators rolled back the law expanding health coverage in the state while pledging to keep health insurance affordable, but that’s not the way it worked out. The repeal destroyed the Washington insurance market, caused premium costs to skyrocket, and drove health insurers away. It took almost 5 […]

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  • Take Action During Memorial Day Recess!

    We have a one-week window (May 29 – June 2) to put pressure on the Senate to protect Medicaid, defend the ACA and to hold House members accountable for their votes to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The Senate wants to move quickly. Our goal is to delay them from moving forward for […]

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  • President Trump’s 2018 Budget – Not Well Received

    This week, President Trump released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2018. It “proposes steep cuts in basic health, nutrition, and other important assistance for tens of millions of struggling, low- and modest-income Americans, even as it calls for extremely large tax cuts for the nation’s wealthiest people and profitable corporations… In fact, this stands as the […]

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  • The CBO Score Complicates the Senate’s Ability to Pass a Modified House AHCA Bill

    The Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) score of the American Health Care Act further confirms what we already know: the AHCA is a terrible bill for consumers, especially kids, older adults, people with disabilities and low- and middle-income families. According to the CBO’s analysis, 14 million people would lose their health care coverage in 2018 – increasing to […]

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  • ACA Leads to a Decline in Bankruptcy Nationwide

    Since the adoption of the ACA, 50% fewer Americans have filed for personal bankruptcy according to this article from Consumer Reports. This decline in bankruptcy filings is in part due to an improving economy and changes to bankruptcy laws in 2005, however experts agree that expanded health care coverage plays a major role in this decline. Although people are […]

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