Public health insurance provides essential benefits to low-income families, including financial stability and access to other public benefits.

Recent SCHIP and Medicaid policy changes threaten to destabilize families. What are the equity implications of these policy shifts and how are funders reacting?

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Q&As

Health Grassroots Advocacy in the States: Strengthening Public Health Insurance – Q&A with Families USA

With contributions from Lisa Shapiro, Joe Weissfeld, Cheryl Parcham, & Justin Mendoza. One in five Americans and almost half of all children get their healthcare coverage through Medicaid. Public health insurance programs buoy families’ health and economic security, building opportunity for all. It is critical that these programs are strong and that they are as…

How to Improve Medicaid Today – Q&A with Georgetown University Center for Children and Families

With contributions from Elisabeth Burak & Joan Alker What is the untapped potential of Medicaid? CHIP? Medicaid and CHIP are joint federal-state programs that serve more than one in three kids annually. Medicaid is by far the more important program of the two. States administer Medicaid with the federal government setting parameters and paying a…

Public Health Insurance & Disability Supports – Q&A with Center for American Progress

With contributions from Rebecca Cokley, Director, Disability Justice Initiative Public health insurance programs are vast policies with many differences from state to state. It can be difficult to understand the effects of potential changes and why they are so critical for families. One group that is especially affected by changes to SCHIP and Medicaid are…

Medicaid Expansion: What We’ve Learned – Q&A with Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

With contributions from Judy Solomon, Senior Fellow Medicaid coverage differs vastly from state to state and these differences matter to people’s health, economic security, and livelihood. When states gained the option to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act in 2014, it provided an excellent opportunity to study the impact of this policy by comparing…

A Medicaid Overview – Q&A with Kaiser Family Foundation

With contributions from Samantha Artiga, Director, Disparities Policy Project The Kaiser Family Foundation focuses on national health issues through policy analysis, journalism, and communications. KFF serves as a non-partisan source of facts, analysis, and journalism for policymakers, the media, the health policy community, and the public. Let’s start with a high-level overview of Medicaid – its…

Funder Conversations

State Budgets Post-Crisis & Medicaid: What Families Can Expect

Wednesday, July 8 * 2:00-3:00 pm eastern The economic fallout from the COVID-19 crisis is projected to deeply impact state budgets for years. This likely means budget cuts. As Medicaid is a large portion of state budgets, it is one area likely to be affected, but how? What will state budget cuts mean for children…

Medicaid and Wealth Inequality: Meet the researcher – Naomi Zewde

Thursday, March 19 * 2:00 – 2:30 pm Eastern Does Medicaid have an impact on whether poor families can stay in their homes? What about on poverty rates? How has Medicaid expansion affected families experiencing poverty?   Learn all of this and more with Naomi Zewde! Naomi is an Assistant Professor of health policy and…

Partner Event: How Medicaid Supports Trauma-Informed Care for Children – GIH

Grantmakers in Health webinar November 21, 2019 Learn more and register here Join GIH for this webinar. Experiencing trauma in childhood increases the risk of chronic disease and behavioral health issues throughout life. The Medicaid program, which provides health coverage for approximately 40 percent of children and youth aged 0-18 in the United States, is…

Related News & Updates

Kids Lose Access to Critical Health Care Source When Schools Shutter Due to COVID-19 – Georgetown Center for Children and Families

This blog post from the Georgetown Center for Children and Families examines the ways schools provide critical health and nutrition supports for children and how the stimulus bills are trying to help families access these supports outside of schools. The post examines the stimulus bills’ effects on Medicaid, K-12 funding, students with disabilities, mental health…

Medicaid expansion slowed rates of health decline for low-income adults in Southern states

This new research published in the journal Health Affairs looked at both physical and behavioral health outcomes to examine the impact of Medicaid expansion. For a review of the research on the impact of Medicaid expansion, check out this article from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Medicaid Block Grants

Last week, CMS announced a new program – Healthy Adult Opportunity – that would allow states to opt into a new funding program for Medicaid that offers a spending cap or block grant. To better understand the new program, read this review by NPR or this one by The New York Times. Kaiser Health News also put together…

Affordability & Access to Care in 2018: Examining Racial & Educational Inequities Across the United States – SHADAC

The State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) put together this illustrative infographic on the pervasive racial and educational inequities in our healthcare system with a focus on access to a personal doctor and foregone medical care due to cost. In 2019, 25% of Americans said they or a family member delayed necessary medical care…

How Health Insurance Improves Financial Health – Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago has been exploring the personal financial impact of the ACA since its passage. Part of their ongoing research explores the bill’s impact in expansion states and non-expansion states. This summary provides an overview of ways that Medicaid expansion improved the financial health of low-income Americans.

State by State: Medicaid Facts

This great interactive tool by the Kaiser Family Foundation provides facts for each state on coverage, expansion policies, types of services covered, and more.

10 Things to Know About Medicaid

This article from the Kaiser Family Foundation outlines the ten most critical facts to understand Medicaid. This is the perfect place to start if you are looking for a quick read to catch you up on how Medicaid is structured and what and who it covers (and doesn’t).

The Effects of Medicaid Expansion

The Kaiser Family Foundation performed a review of over 300 research studies on the effects of Medicaid expansion. This literature review includes information on access to care, use of health care facilities, quality of care, health outcomes, affordability, and more. Expansion states saw increased health care coverage, improved measures of health care access, more positive…

Research on Work Requirements & Medicaid

The Urban Institute compiles research on the impacts of work requirements for safety net programs, including Medicaid, TANF, and SNAP. Here is a roundup of some of their work: Urban Institute compilation of research on work requirements Lessons for Medicaid from TANF and SNAP work requirements What happens when a state institutes Medicaid work requirements?…

Medicaid Expansion & Hospital Closures

Hospitals in rural America rely heavily on public support to stay open. Across the country, rural hospitals are facing closures. This news story highlights one effect of Medicaid expansion in rural communities – additional funding that keeps hospitals open and Americans from having to travel far distances for emergency or routine care.