Wondering what impact the new health laws will have in the first year — even the first 90 days — of its passage? Got questions as to what the real deal is? If you are in my neck of the woods, today is a perfect day to get a cup of your favorite hot beverage (venti cafe mocha with soy and agave sweetner, no whip) and nestle into your favorite chair while you watch the sun tease the rain drops; listen to a morning bird song and read about what’s really happening in the world of health care. Listed below are several reports that help us navigate the noise prepared by Families USA. Read the reports and don’t forget to pass them on.
What Will the New Health Reform Law Do in the First Year? This report highlights all the people and communities that will be helped within the first year of passing the health reform law. From people with pre-existing conditions to community health centers, millions stand to gain within the first 12 months.
First 90 Days State Advocates’ To-Do List Many provisions within the new health reform law take affect within the first 90 days after enactment. In order to ensure the new law is implemented effectively and in the most consumer-friendly way, we have created a “to-do” list for state advocates.
Early Medicaid Expansions under Health Reform The new health reform law calls for an expansion of Medicaid by January 2014, but starting in April of this year, states are able to phase in this expansion through a state amendment process. This report discusses how states can go about expanding their Medicaid programs early and why they should.
Efforts to Halt Health Reform: Playing Politics with Our Health Since the signing of the health reform bill into law, opponents have been out in an effort to repeal or weaken the law. This report highlights opponents’ efforts as nothing more than political ploys and counters their misinformation with facts.