Director's Corner: Building Consumer Leadership, Here, There and Everywhere

This month, I’m thrilled to share several updates from our work to support the leadership of people with complex needs in improving health programs and policies.

Texas v. (the Oral Health of the) United States

Proactive policies that improve the ACA could build on its foundation and further improve access to dental care and oral health. Instead, the Trump administration’s position in Texas v. United States would tear away important gains in oral health.

Getting Ready for the Next Chapter in the Fight to Save Health Care

Millions of people who depend on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for their coverage – are nervously awaiting a ruling from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on the health care repeal lawsuit.

California Compromise to Stop Surprise Medical Bills is Working and is the Best Solution for a Federal Fix

Nearly eight in 10 Americans support efforts by Congress to tackle surprise medical bills at the federal level. California was out front addressing this issue with passage in 2016 of AB 72, the state’s surprise billing law.

From Determined Parent to Community Organizer: Improving Care for People with Disabilities

Leisa Hammett, a parent of a young adult with a disability, recently shared her inspiring story with us. We had the opportunity to learn about Leisa’s journey from parent and caregiver, to an influential, effective advocate for families across Tennessee.

Back to School: Substance Use Prevention Services are Key to Student Success

It’s back-to-school season, and while students won’t receive grades for a few months, principals and superintendents are about to get their annual report cards. Advocates can use these report cards to expand school-based substance use prevention and early intervention services....

The House Democratic Caucus Has Taken a Good First Step to Lower Prescription Drug Costs

In response to public demand for relief from high prescription drug prices, last week House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the Democratic caucus drug pricing package, Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019 (H.R.3).

Back to the Future: Organizing the “Old-Fashioned” Way

There’s no doubt that new technologies have opened up new approaches and opportunities to engage in grassroots organizing, but there is another way in which technology can become a facile substitute for real organizing.

Tennessee’s Medicaid Block Grant Proposal is a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Tennessee has become the first state to propose a drastic and dangerous change to how it finances its Medicaid program, asking the federal government to provide it with a fixed dollar amount, otherwise referred to as a “block grant.”