Trump Administration Expands Availability of Junk Healthcare Plans

The Trump administration issued new insurance rules early Wednesday to encourage more Americans to buy inexpensive, skimpy health plans originally designed for short-term use. The policies will be available for 12 months at a time, up from a current limit of three, and customers will be able to renew them for additional years. The short-term … Continued

Study: Medicaid Expansion Leads to Higher Employment

People with disabilities are more likely to be employed in states where Medicaid coverage has been expanded as part of the Affordable Care Act. New research published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health found the number of people who report not working due to their disability has decreased significantly in states where Medicaid has … Continued

Many fear they can’t meet Medicaid “work requirements”

When it comes to her Medicaid coverage, Mary Ellen Guy feels like she’s living in limbo. The Greenville woman can’t meet the 80-hour work requirement — as it is most often called — because she cares for her parents, Anna and Harold Guy, who are in their 80s. Until two years ago, Mary Ellen Guy … Continued

Almost half of Americans can’t afford basics like rent or food

The economy may be chugging along, but many Americans are still struggling to afford a basic middle class life. Nearly 51 million households don’t earn enough to afford a monthly budget that includes housing, food, child care, health care, transportation and a cell phone, according to a study released Thursday by the United Way ALICE … Continued

Is KidsCare headed for another enrollment freeze?

Supporters of the children’s health insurance program KidsCare introduced a bill this year to eliminate a requirement that the state freeze enrollment if federal funding for the program drops by as little as a penny. But the bill has stalled at the legislature. Read the full article here on AZCentral. 

Why Some Americans are Risking It and Skipping Health Insurance

In a Phoenix suburb, the Bobbies and their son Joey will go uninsured so the family can save money to cover their nine-year-old daughter Sophia, who was born with five heart defects. Across America there are thousands of people like the Bobbies making the same hard decision to go without health insurance, despite the benefits. They’re … Continued

Research Update: Medicaid pulls Americans out of poverty

Various studies continue to show that Medicaid is one of the most effective strategies for fighting poverty. Some of the findings include: Medicaid had a larger effect on child poverty than all non-health means tested benefits combined. It is estimated to reduce child poverty by 5.3 percentage points. Medicaid kept at least 2.6 million individuals … Continued

KidsCare health insurance covers record number of Arizona kids!

The number of Arizona children covered through KidsCare Health Insurance has reached a new high this week at 25,154 since the program re-opened in late 2016.  After being frozen for six years, the number of children enrolled has ballooned from about 500 to over 25,000. Community groups have worked to get the message out to … Continued

The Hidden War on Medicaid

A dozen states are applying for or entertaining work requirements and other restrictions on Medicaid — putting the lifeline for millions of poor Americans at risk. The precise consequences are difficult to project. But states seeking waivers for work requirements and other restrictions are estimating as much as an 8 percent or 15 percent cut to … Continued

Sign the Petition to Protect Medicaid

Children’s Action Alliance believes protecting Medicaid funding shouldn’t be a partisan issue. And we believe Arizona’s Congressional Delegation should oppose any harmful cuts, block grants, and changes to Medicaid or plans such as the Graham-Cassidy bill aimed at cutting Medicaid and repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Children’s Action Alliance ask you to please sign … Continued

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Trump Administration Expands Availability of Junk Healthcare Plans

The Trump administration issued new insurance rules early Wednesday to encourage more Americans to buy inexpensive, skimpy health plans originally designed for short-term use. The policies will be available for 12 months at a time, up from a current limit of three, and customers will be able to renew them for additional years. The short-term … Continued

Study: Medicaid Expansion Leads to Higher Employment

People with disabilities are more likely to be employed in states where Medicaid coverage has been expanded as part of the Affordable Care Act. New research published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health found the number of people who report not working due to their disability has decreased significantly in states where Medicaid has … Continued

Many fear they can’t meet Medicaid “work requirements”

When it comes to her Medicaid coverage, Mary Ellen Guy feels like she’s living in limbo. The Greenville woman can’t meet the 80-hour work requirement — as it is most often called — because she cares for her parents, Anna and Harold Guy, who are in their 80s. Until two years ago, Mary Ellen Guy … Continued

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