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.”

How Medicaid Coverage & Political Participation Go Hand-in-Hand

A new Data for Progress memo is the latest piece of research to suggest that Medicaid expansion has impacts far beyond just health outcomes, this time suggesting expanding Medicaid coverage leads to increased political participation.

Courage, Tenacity, Passion.

These are the hallmarks of effective advocates willing to press and keep pressing for needed change, and these are all attributes of Germán Parodi, the winner of the 2019 Speak Up for Better Health award.
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