New Affordable Care Act Resources from Families USA

October 25, 2010

Families USA has released a variety of new resources that we wanted to share with you. You can access the publications online at the links provided below. We hope you find these pieces to be useful as your organization continues to work to protect and implement the Affordable Care Act. We encourage you to check our web site often, as we add updated materials on a regular basis.


Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act: Reframing the Debate addresses concerns about the effect of the Medicaid expansion on state budgets and outlines the many benefits that the Medicaid expansion will bring to states and the uninsured.

How States Are Making Sure Coverage is Available for Children notes that, under health reform, insurers are required to accept children regardless of any pre-existing conditions in all group plans and in newly sold individual plans, and it examines what several states are doing to make sure that child-only policies are still available. 

Implementing Health Insurance Exchanges: A Guide to State Activities and Choices describes the requirements in the Affordable Care Act that exchanges must meet and outlines key questions that states and consumer advocates will need to consider as the exchanges are designed.

Lower Costs, Better Care - Medicare Cost Savings in the Affordable Care Act discusses how the Affordable Care Act will make Medicare work more efficiently by improving the way providers deliver care, modernizing how Medicare pays for services, and eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse in the system. These changes will also reduce costs, make the program more sustainable, and allow for better benefits for those who depend on Medicare. 

Help for Those Who Need Long-Term Care describes how the Affordable Care Act will help more people stay in their homes or the community (rather than an institution) and why this help is needed. 

Health Reform Provisions that Expand Access to Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS)  briefly outlines key provisions, including the State Balancing Incentive Payments Program, the Community First Choice Option, and Changes to the Medicaid 1915(i) option.