Looking Back/Looking Forward: Taking Stock of 2019 and What to Anticipate in 2020

When it comes to health care, 2019 was an intense year full of many challenges and also some bright spots. As it recedes in the rear view mirror, let’s take a look at some of the key developments from 2019...

ACA Repeal Would Undo a Decade of Progress for People with Complex Health Needs

As one of the youngest members of the Millennial generation, it’s difficult for me to recollect what the world looked like before the ACA -- a testament to how the ACA has defined an entire generation’s concept of what health care is and ought to be.

How Can Medicaid Transformation Steer Toward Health Equity? A Look at the Evidence

Addressing health equity should be a core goal of all health system transformation initiatives. Medicaid can be a particularly powerful avenue for advancing health equity.

Access to Good Food Is a Human Right

This is the second in our series of blogs highlighting the work of the four people recognized by the Center's 2019 "Speak Up for Better Health Award" contest.

The Supreme Court Should Review Health Care Repeal Lawsuit. Consumers Cannot Wait.

Advocates can play an important role in raising awareness of the harm of the Health Care Repeal Lawsuit and provide opportunities for consumers to demand that all decision makers – from the courts to Congress – protect their health care.

Medicaid Expansion in Idaho Highlights Excitement and Fears in Latinx Community

After many years of persistent advocacy, Idaho voters passed a ballot initiative in 2018 in favor of expanding Medicaid, and health coverage for the newly eligible is scheduled to begin on January 1, 2020. Medicaid enrollment officially began on November...

How Low Can They Go? Trump Administration Approves South Carolina’s Work Reporting Requirements

Last week, CMS reached a new low by approving South Carolina’s request to impose work reporting requirements in its Medicaid program, making it the first state to impose work reporting requirements primarily on low-income parents and caretakers.

Director's Corner: Looking Back on the Center's 2019 Highlights

As 2019 draws to a close, I’m pleased to share some highlights from the Center’s work. In a year which saw continued attacks on the safety net for low-income people, I am proud of the work we’ve done together.

With SNAP Final Rule, Trump Administration Doubles Down on Failed Work Requirement Policy

Last week, the Trump administration finalized a proposed rule that will severely restrict the ability of hundreds of thousands of individuals to access Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, otherwise known as “food stamps.”
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