$26 Billion Opioid Settlement: A Chance to Do the Right Thing

The largest of any opioid settlement thus far, it will potentially put billions of dollars into state coffers earmarked expressly for abating the substance use epidemic that has ravaged the country.

For Advocates in Texas, Pride is a Constant in Protecting the Rights of LGBTQ+ People

We spoke with Texas advocates about the work they have been doing to fight the onslaught of anti-transgender bills in the Texas legislature during the 2021 legislative session.

Larger ACA Premium Subsidies Are Covering Millions More: Here’s How Congress Can Make Them Permanent

Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, more than 2 million people have signed up for ACA Coverage or Medicaid. Unfortunately, these changes expire in two years.

Momentum for Dental Coverage Grows with Proposed Medicaid Dental Benefit Act in Congress

Dental coverage is having a moment, both in state governments and at the federal level. This week, Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA-44) announced the introduction of a new bill, the Medicaid Dental Benefit Act.

Speaking Out Against Aggressive Medical Debt Collection Practices

Medical debt and collection actions further perpetuate racial inequities by limiting economic opportunities and further contributing to the wealth divide. 

Sens. Warnock, Ossoff & Baldwin Want to Close the Medicaid Gap, Congress Must Act

This week Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock released a legislative proposal with senators Ossoff and Baldwin to close the Medicaid coverage gap in states that have yet to adopt Medicaid expansion.

New Data: Medicaid Adult Dental Coverage is Wise Investment for Economic Recovery, Health

New data shows that extending comprehensive oral health coverage to all adults enrolled in Medicaid could save at least $273 million in overall health care spending.

Protecting People from Medical Debt: Successful Strategies from State Advocacy Campaigns

Several states have put forward legislation to protect patients from medical debt through improving hospital financial assistance policies and restricting debt collection activities against low-income individuals.

Advancing Equity in Oral Health Policy

Dental disease can affect physical and mental health and economic wellbeing and, as we see throughout all facets of our society, long-standing policies based on structural racism mean Black and brown communities experience poorer oral health as a result.
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