Medicaid Innovation Would Flatline Under Block Grants and Per Capita Caps
[Medicaid] has meant many more kids, grandparents and people with chronic health conditions have been able to get the care they need [ Blog ]
The State Consumer Health Advocacy Program works in more than 40 states to build consumer leadership and a strong, organized consumer voice to shape health policy at the federal, state and local levels.
BOSTON, MA – Statement of Robert Restuccia, executive director of Community Catalyst, on the Senate Finance Committee hearing tomorrow on the nomination of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to serve as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. [ Press Release ]
[Medicaid] has meant many more kids, grandparents and people with chronic health conditions have been able to get the care they need [ Blog ]
Robert Restuccia, executive director of Community Catalyst, has denounced the House of Representative’s passage of a budget resolution to pave the way for repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). [ Press Release ]
Statement of Robert Restuccia, executive director of Community Catalyst, on the Senate’s passage of a budget resolution to pave the way for repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). [ Press Release ]
Following the election of Donald Trump, immigrant communities have grown increasingly anxious about their safety and well-being. [ Blog ]
Rob Restuccia talks to Buzzfeed News about the work of the Protect Our Care Coalition. [ News Clip ]
In 2015, Belhaven, North Carolina Mayor Adam O’Neal and supporters from 11 other states set out on foot for their second 300-plus mile trek from his rural town to our nation’s capital to draw attention to an important issue: rural communities... [ Blog ]
It's funny, or at least it would be if it weren't so sad and so dangerous. Lack of transparency in health care is a problem that has often been decried. You buy health insurance, but you don't really know which providers are in-network. [ Blog ]
Statement of Robert Restuccia, Executive Director of Community Catalyst, on the election of Donald Trump. [ Press Release ]
On November 11, many of us will gather to mark Veterans Day and to honor the courageous individuals who have served our country. [ Blog ]
Community health centers have traditionally been the primary source of care for underserved populations with the greatest health needs. [ Blog ]
The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Essential Health Benefits (EHB) completely changed health coverage by requiring health plans on the individual and small-group market to cover the same ten benefits without discrimination. These 10 essential catego... [ Blog ]
AIDs Alabama devotes its energy and resources statewide to helping people with HIV/AIDS live healthy, independent lives and works to prevent the spread of HIV. They do this by focusing their efforts on housing, supportive services, Policy and Advocacy, HIV Prevention and Education, and Free and Confidential HIV Testing.
The mission of Alabama Appleseed is to work for systemic policy reforms that achieves justice and fairness for low-income and unrepresented and other vulnerable populations that usually have little, or no, voice in developing or changing policies that impact their lives.
Arise Citizens' Policy Project (ACPP), founded in 1994, is a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of 150 congregations and community groups and some 1,400 individuals united in their belief that low-income people are suffering because of state policy decisions. Through ACPP, groups and individuals join to gether to promote state policies that improve the lives of low-income Alabamians.
The Alaska Primary Care Association (APCA) is a not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to create healthy communities in Alaska through the support of vibrant and effective Community Health Centers. APCA works with Health Centers and many partners to promote, expand and optimize access to primary care for all Alaskans. APCA is able to provide a broad range of member services from technical assistance, policy surveillance and dissemination, to health policy analysis and education, to group purchasing benefits.
Children’s Action Alliance (CAA) seeks to influence policies and decisions affecting the lives of Arizona children and their families on issues related to health, child abuse and neglect, early care and education, budget and taxes, juvenile justice, children and immigration, and working families.
The mission of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families is to ensure that all children and their families have the resources and opportunities to lead healthy and productive lives and to realize their full potential. Their mission is to serve as a voice for children at the Arkansas State Capitol and in Washington, D.C.; gather and analyze data to support public policy that serves all children and families; organize coalitions of diverse groups to drive change.
The Living Affected Corporation (LACorp) is a charitable, grass root organization founded in 2008 to promote empowerment and inclusion while decreasing health disparities through education and advocacy in marginalized communities. LACorp will address but is not limited to general, mental health, reproductive justice, homelessness, poverty reduction, and the pursuit of justice and equality among the LGBTQ community, its organizations and allies.
Health Access California is the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition, advocating for the goal of quality, affordable health care for all Californians.
Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (CCHI) is a statewide, non-partisan, non-profit coalition of organizational and individual members, representing well over 500,000 Coloradans. CCHI acts as a representative of the policy and advocacy priorities of our members at the legislature and in the community to influence and shape effective health care policy on behalf of consumers.
The mission of Connecticut Voices for Children is to promote the well-being of all of Connecticut's young people and their families by advocating for strategic public investments and wise public policies. Connecticut Voices for Children advances its mission through high quality research and analysis, strategic communications, citizen education, and development of the next generation of advocates.
Florida CHAIN is a statewide consumer health advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health of all Floridians by promoting access to affordable, quality health care. Florida CHAIN fulfills the critical role of building the capacities for and linking consumer, community and service organizations with health care advocacy. They provide policy education, collaborative networking, training, and communications and organizing tools to the public, allied partners, media and policy makers.
The Georgia Budget & Policy Institute is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that strives to raise the level of public policy debate in the state of Georgia.
Georgia Equality’s mission is to advance fairness, safety and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and our allies throughout the state.
Georgians for a Healthy Future's mission is to build and mobilize a unified voice, vision, and leadership to achieve a healthy future for all Georgians. They provide a strong voice for Georgia consumers and communities on the health care issues and decisions that impact their lives.
Jannus, Inc. is a diverse health and human services organization that changes lives every day. It engages compassionate people offering strong programs that help ease individuals and families through difficult challenges or new transitions in areas of community health, public policy and economic opportunity.
EverThrive Illinois, formerly the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition, works to improve the health of women, children, and families over the lifespan through community engagement, partnerships, policy analysis, education, and advocacy.
The Shriver Center provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty.
Kansas Action for Children's mission is to shape health, education and economic policy that will improve the lives of Kansas children and families.
The mission of the Kansas Health Consumer Coalition is to advocate for affordable, accessible, and quality health care in Kansas.
Kentucky Equal Justice Center is a non-profit poverty law advocacy center.
Kentucky Voices for Health is a coalition of concerned Kentuckians who believe that the best health care solutions are found when everyone works together to build them. Right now, families and businesses in every county are facing rising costs, and too many of us go without needed health care. Healthy families create healthy economies, and a healthy Kentucky economy is something all Kentuckians want. Therefore, Kentucky Voices for Health is working step by step to build a healthier Kentucky for everyone.
The Louisiana Budget Project (LBP) monitors and reports on public policy and how it affects Louisiana’s low- to moderate-income families. The Louisiana Budget Project’s vision is to make Louisiana government transparent and accountable for all Louisiana citizens.
The Louisiana Consumer Healthcare Coalition works for the creation of a consumer-centered health care system that provides comprehensive, affordable, accessible, culturally competent, high quality care and consumer education for everyone, especially the most vulnerable. We work to achieve this through multi-disciplinary, collaborative efforts in public policy, advocacy, education and service to consumers in Louisiana.
Consumers for Affordable Health Care is a Maine advocacy organization that strives to ensure a strong consumer voice in decision making at all levels and in all forums in order to advocate for a consumer-oriented health system in Maine and the United States.
Maine Equal Justice Partners (MEJP) is a nonprofit legal aid provider, whose mission is to find solutions to poverty and improve the lives of people with low income in Maine. MEJP focuses its work on many of the issues that affect people’s daily lives – access to adequate health care, food and income security, supports for working families, and higher education and training opportunities.
Maryland Citizen's Health Initiative's mission is to educate Marylanders about feasible and effective ways to expand access to quality affordable health insurance for all residents of our state.
The Boston Center for Independent Living is a frontline civil rights organization led by people with disabilities that advocates to eliminate discrimination, isolation and segregation by providing advocacy, information and referral, peer support, skills training, and PCA services in order to enhance the independence of people with disabilities.
Health Care For All (HCFA) seeks to create a consumer-centered health care system that provides comprehensive, affordable, accessible, culturally competent, high quality care and consumer education for everyone, especially the most vulnerable. HCFA works to achieve this as a leader in public policy, advocacy, education and service to consumers in Massachusetts.
Health Law Advocates (HLA) is a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm whose mission is to provide pro bono legal representation to low-income residents experiencing difficulty accessing or paying for needed medical services. HLA is committed to ensuring universal access to quality health care in Massachusetts, particularly for those who are most at risk due to such factors as race, gender, disability, age, or geographic location. With its partner organization, Health Care For All, HLA combines legal expertise with grassroots organizing and policy reform to advance the statewide movement for universal health care access.
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) is a statewide non-profit legal services organization whose mission is to advance economic, racial and social justice through legal action, education and advocacy.
Michigan Disability Rights Coalition works to build opportunities for people with disabilities so they may live fully integrated lives within their chosen communities, now and in the future. Full citizenship is the expected role that people with disabilities will play, and their hopes and dreams parallel those of citizens without disabilities.
MEJI seeks to empower, educate, and protect low income older adults and people with disabilities through administrative and policy advocacy, educational efforts, and collaboration with multi-disciplinary partners on the local, state, and national level. As a project of the Michigan Poverty Law Program, MEJI provides support to civil legal aid programs and other advocates to assist them in providing effective representation to and advocacy for low income older adults and people with disabilities.
OutFront Minnesota’s mission is to create a state where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are free to be who they are, love who they love, and live without fear of violence, harassment or discrimination. They are driven by the slogan, Leading Minnesota Toward LGBTQ Equality in which they provide leadership by delivering programs and services to Minnesota's LGBTQ and allied communities in the areas of community organizing, public policy, anti-violence, law, education and training.
TakeAction Minnesota works to make change that matters to Minnesotans. TakeAction does this by organizing individuals to lead in their local communities, building dynamic coalitions that criss-cross the state, training and educating people to engage in public action.
Mississippi Center for Justice is a nonprofit, public interest law firm committed to advancing racial and economic justice.
The Mississippi Health Advocacy Program (MHAP) strives to be a strong, effective voice for improved health care for all throughout the state of Mississippi, especially those whose health is threatened by poverty, racism, malnutrition and violence. MHAP will work with communities to identify health needs and formulate strategies for change, and will research, analyze, propose and promote policies that will enhance the health status of every person, regardless of financial status.
The Alliance is a statewide non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to quality affordable health care for all. Since 2008, the Alliance has been working to build the consumer and community leadership required to transform the American health system. With the belief that this transformation will happen when consumers are fully engaged and have an organized voice, The Alliance works in partnership with national, state and local consumer organizations, policymakers, and foundations, providing leadership and support to change the health care system so it serves everyone – especially vulnerable members of society.
Missouri Health Care for All was founded in 2007 around a set of shared principles. At their core, these principles state that every Missourian deserves access to quality, affordable health care, no matter where they live or how much money they make.
Montana Human Rights Network’s mission is to promote democratic values such as pluralism, equality and justice; challenge bigotry and intolerance; and organize communities to speak out in support of democratic principles and institutions. The success of their mission is done by organizing local human rights groups, developing and pursuing public policy initiatives and holding public officials accountable in the area of human rights.
Montana Women Vote is a coalition of non-profit organizations working statewide to educate and mobilize low-income women and their allies to participate in the democratic process as informed voters, policy advocates, and community leaders. Member organizations work on issues of economic justice, violence against women, human rights, reproductive rights, women’s environmental health, and homelessness.
It is the mission of New Hampshire Voices for Health to advance public policy and systems change through advocacy and coordination of a network of consumer and advocacy organizations committed to securing quality, affordable health care for all in New Hampshire.
As the state's largest citizen watchdog coalition, New Jersey Citizen Action works to protect and expand the rights of individuals and families and to ensure that government officials respond to the needs of people rather than the interests of those with money and power.
The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty is dedicated to advancing economic and social justice through education, advocacy and litigation. We work with low-income New Mexicans to improve living conditions, increase opportunities and protect the rights of people living in poverty. Through Roadmaps to Health Community Grants, the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty and its partners will help agricultural workers get the pay they are entitled to and ensure that the DWS is properly enforcing state labor laws.
The mission of Community Service Society is to identify problems which create a permanent poverty class in New York City, and to advocate the systemic changes required to eliminate such problems. CSS will focus on enabling, empowering and promoting opportunities for poor families and individuals to develop their full potential, to contribute to society, and to realize social, economic and political opportunities.
Raising Women’s Voices (RWV) is a national initiative working to make sure women’s voices are heard and women’s concerns are addressed as policymakers put the health care law into action. RWV believes that women are grassroots experts in what is wrong with the current health system and what it takes to fix it because of our roles as arrangers of health care for our families.
NC Child advances public policies that improve the lives of North Carolina’s children. We work statewide to ensure that all children are healthy, safe, well-educated, and economically secure by engaging communities, and informing and influencing decision-makers.
As a leading progressive research and advocacy organization, North Carolina Justice Center's mission is to eliminate poverty in North Carolina by ensuring that every household in the state has access to the resources, services and fair treatment it needs to achieve economic security.
CDF-Ohio champions policies and programs that lift children out of poverty, protect them from abuse and neglect, and ensure their access to appropriate and targeted health care, quality education, and a moral and spiritual foundation. We pay particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities. CDF-Ohio educates the state about the needs of children and encourages preventive investments before they get sick, drop out of school, get into trouble, or suffer family breakdown.
UHCAN Ohio's mission is to achieve high quality, accessible, affordable health care for all Ohioans.
Oregon Action’s mission is to involve people in our democracy who are traditionally on the downside of power—low income wage earners, women, people of color and immigrants– and to strengthen individual participation in decision-making processes that affect our lives. We are dedicated to advancing economic, political, social and racial justice. Oregon Action believes power rests in the hands of the people. Organizing people to work together, developing leaders in our communities, and exerting that power through direct action allow us to make our demands known and hold our public leaders accountable.
OSPIRG’s mission is to deliver persistent, result-oriented public interest activism that protects consumers, encourages a fair, sustainable economy, and fosters responsive, democratic government. OSPIRG uncovers threats to public health and wellbeing and fight to end them, using the time-tested tools of investigative research, media exposés, grassroots organizing, advocacy and litigation.
The Consumer Health Coalition believes that access to quality, affordable health care, and ultimately good health and wellness, are critical to a person’s ability to reach his or her potential. We also know that people experience disparate ’starting points’ or access to resources that are unfortunately correlated with socioeconomic status, racial or ethnic background, and disability status.
Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) is a statewide coalition of organizations working to protect high quality health insurance coverage for individuals and businesses and to expand coverage to the uninsured. PHAN works to promote change at the state and national level by mobilizing affected constituencies, including consumers, health care providers, business, labor, the faith community, and the general public to press for a more accessible and affordable health care system.
The Economic Progress Institute works to promote economic security for low- and modest-income Rhode Islanders and ensure tax policies are equitable and adequate to fund public services. We accomplish this through research, policy analysis, education and advocacy.
The mission of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is to improve the health, safety, education, economic security, and development of Rhode Island's children. Through the Roadmaps to Health Community Grants program Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and its partners are advocating for increasing funding for public pre-k through the education funding formula, for the expansion of full-day kindergarten, for the development of early warning systems to identify students at risk of dropping out of high school, for implementation of a more rigorous high school curriculum, and for increased support for students applying to colleges and universities.
Rhode Island Parent Information Network's mission is to assist individuals, parents, families and children to achieve their goals for health, educational, and socio-economic well being by providing information, education, training, support and advocacy for person/family centered care and systems change.
Palmetto Project's mission is to identify innovative solutions to social and economic challenges facing our state, and put them into action. Palmetto Project looks at others states and communities that have been successful, and learn from them. Through special partnerships with governments, businesses, civic groups, schools, and religious organizations, they then go to work, applying the lessons they have learned and the strategies they’ve discovered to the ongoing work of community-building in our own state.
South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center fights for low income South Carolinians to overcome social, economic and legal injustice.
Tennessee Healthcare Campaign is the state's premier nonprofit consumer health care advocacy group and a leader in the health care justice movement. Our mission for everyone to have guaranteed affordable choices in health care began in 1989.
Tennessee Justice Center (TJC) seeks justice for Tennessee’s vulnerable populations through the courts, in administrative proceedings and before legislative bodies. TJC addresses needs not met by any other agency and supports the work of other advocates for equal justice under law, both in Tennessee and beyond. We provide technical assistance to client groups, consumer advocacy coalitions and other social service agencies. The media and policymakers frequently rely upon TJC as a source of accurate and reliable information and analysis on legal matters and on public policies affecting the poor.
Center for Public Policy Priorities was born from faith and a vision of social justice in 1985 when a Congregation of Benedictine Sisters in Boerne, Texas, founded the center to improve health care access for the poor.
Lesbian Health Initiative of Houston, Inc. (LHI) is a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating barriers to healthcare and promoting health and wellness for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)-identified women and transgender men through collaborative and integrated Education, Access and Advocacy programs.
Texas Impact is a statewide religious grassroots network whose members include individuals, congregations, and governing bodies of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths. Texas Impact accomplishes its mission by developing grassroots networks in local communities and mobilizing them to advocate with their legislators on specific issues.
UHPP is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose vision is for a health care system that provides medically necessary care to all Utah residents in a timely, efficient, and culturally effective manner with sustainable financing.
Voices for Vermont's Children's mission is to promote public policy that enhances the lives of children and youth in Vermont.
The common mission of VPIRG is to promote and protect the health of Vermont’s people, environment and locally-based economy by informing and mobilizing citizens statewide.
The Commonwealth Institute works to use policy research and analysis to advance the well-being of Virginia communities, and improve the economic security and social opportunities of all Virginians.
Virginia Consumer Voices for Healthcare (VCV) is Virginia’s multi-constituency consumer coalition focused on the expansion and improvement of health care in the state. The goal of Virginia Consumer Voices is to build and sustain a broad-based consumer-focused coalition which includes patients, community and religious organizations, small businesses, organized labor, community health centers, and advocacy organizations to support the expansion and improvement of health care in Virginia.
Virginia Interfaith Center works to empower Virginians to create social justice for all by advocating for systemic change.
Virginia Organizing is a non-partisan statewide grassroots organization dedicated to challenging injustice by empowering people in local communities to address issues that affect the quality of their lives. Virginia Organizing especially encourages the participation of those who have traditionally had little or no voice in our society. By building relationships with individuals and groups throughout the state, Virginia Organizing strives to get them to work together, democratically and non-violently, for change.
Voices for Virginia’s Children is a statewide, privately funded, non-partisan policy research and advocacy organization that champions policies and practices that improve the lives of children. A recognized leader in child advocacy, Voices advances our initiatives by conducting research, developing policies and supporting materials, leading issue campaigns and coalitions, and generating a groundswell of support statewide for positive children’s policy in Virginia
The Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC) is a non-profit organization that serves Virginia's legal aid system by providing advocacy, training, and litigation support on civil justice issues that affect low-income Virginians.
The Children Alliance's mission is to improve the well being of children by effecting positive changes in public policies, priorities, and programs.
With over 40,000 members, Washington CAN! is the state’s largest grassroots community organization. Washington CAN! works to achieve racial, social, and economic justice in our state and nation. Their strength as an organization depends on our members’ involvement and they believe that they can only achieve their goals when people take action for justice.
This fact sheet discusses the importance of Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in providing dental coverage and oral health services. [ Resource ]
This fact sheet explains how block grants and per capita caps results in fewer people being able access to Medicaid coverage that meets their needs. [ Publication ]
This tip sheet provides enrollment specialists an additional tool to use to when helping consumers apply for or re-enroll in health coverage and avoid churn. [ Publication ]
This fact sheet provides basic information of health insurance churn including common factors that cause churn and its health impacts on consumers. [ Publication ]
Advocacy guide on the Medicaid managed care rules finalized in May 2016 to modernize and align the program more closely to the Affordable Care Act Marketplaces and Medicare Advantage over the next few years. [ Publication ]
This fact sheet describes twenty coverage exemptions, available from the Marketplace or on a tax return, that advocates can help low-income consumers apply for, to prevent them from owing a fee. [ Publication ]
This report is a starting point for the next generation of consumer health advocacy that equips consumer advocates to take on the challenges and opportunities of transforming our health system. [ Publication ]
We know you’ve already put in countless hours preparing to educate people about the law and encouraging consumers in your community to renew their coverage ahead of what is sure to be another successful enrollment period. [ Alert ]
We debunked widely reported threats of increased premium rates (‘rate shock’) by drafting an issue brief and hosting a conference call to clarify misconceptions about rate increases. A number of states used this information to provide correct information and dispel concerns about increased rates in press interviews.
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