Co-hosted by the Working Group of State Legislators for Health Reform, we were joined on this webinar by Dr. Bob Crittenden of the Herndon Alliance, a leading national expert on messaging health reform and the Affordable Care Act. He highlighted key messages to use when discussing complex and controversial issues like implementing state exchanges or protecting from cuts to Medicaid and strategies for effectively engaging target audiences and speaking to your colleagues about legislation.
In this week’s research roundup: New resources from Economic Policy Institute on eleven effective job creation proposals, Keystone Research Center andPolicy Matters Ohio on the declining economic situation for workers in Pennsylvania and Ohio, Gallup-Healthways tracking the well-being of residents of all 50 states, Pew Charitable Trusts on factors influencing the downward mobility of the middle class, Young Invincibles on how students returning to college this fall can get covered b
In 2011 state legislative sessions, lawmakers across the nation in search of common-sense solutions found themselves wrestling with dual challenges on almost every issue: historic budget shortfalls and a charged and starkly changed political climate resulting from an historic wave election in 2010 that saw conservatives take control of 20 new chambers. Both of these factors were front and center on health care measures, as responsible lawmakers joined in the face of these challenges to advance the efficient implementation of the Affordable Care Act, protecting the health security of the most vulnerable and advocating loudly for effective reforms in their statehouses, the courts, and the court of public opinion alike.
In a year that has seen a wave of state legislative attacks coming from corporations and the right wing, a conference of state legislators from all over the nation taking place this week in San Antonio is proving to be a bright spot for those standing up for the middle class and working families. NCSL’s 2011 legislative summit – taking place this week in San Antonio, Texas – is an annual forum for determining the policy agenda on which NCSL will lobby the federal government for the following year. Issues that have been addressed in previous years range from federal spending allocations to rules governing how states have to implement federal laws (like the Affordable Care Act), and the impact of international trade policy on state and local economies. About 700 state legislators attended this week’s conference, as well as over 300 advocacy groups and trade associations.
In this week’s Research Roundup: Reports from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on how states may spend $90 billion less on health care due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on how states and local governments can fight austerity measures and reclaim their futures, the Guttmacher Institute on the record number of state abortion restrictions enacted in 2011, the National Employment Law Project on hiring discrimination a
Beginning almost immediately with the gaveling-in of sessions in January, newly empowered conservatives unleashed a torrent of attacks aimed directly at workers, women, children, immigrants, historically disenfranchised populations, and the very existence of the middle class. Coordinated multi-state efforts like the assault on collective bargaining, extremist restrictions on reproductive rights, broad Arizona-style attacks on immigrants, and attempts to institute new barriers to voting through Voter ID requirements all repeatedly made national news.
In this week’s research roundup: reports by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities examining specific protections states can adopt to limit adverse selection in the state health care exchanges, surveying proposed or enacted state exchange legislation from 2011 legislative sessions and analyzing how cuts in state budgets jeopardize the economic recovery, studies by the Center for American Progress noting how states are leading the charge in enacting tuition equity legislation and identifying the true costs of the controversial E-Verify immigratio
New Jersey Governor Christie is joining the conservative wave of scapegoating by proposing to cut the state’s Medicaid program. The Governor is proposing to put critical services for the state’s most vulnerable populations on the chopping block by asking for a waiver from the federal government in order to cut state spending on Medicaid by $300 million. The cuts include long-term care and have the potential to affect up to 1 million people in New Jersey currently receiving Medicaid.
This morning, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law a groundbreaking health care bill that puts his state on a path towards universal coverage for all residents. The legislation, H.202, sets Vermont on course to become the first state in the nation to implement a single-payer system, and had previously passed both the House and Senate chambers by significant margins.
This past week, 154 legislators from 26 states joined together to send a message to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals now considering a lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act: that the framers of the Constitution themselves would have supported the law, and that they will not sit idle while the health security of their constituents is endangered by continuing partisan political attacks against legislation from the right wing. The legislators’ amicus brief supports the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, arguing that the district court ruling was “based on a fundamentally flawed vision of the constitutional role of our federal government and its partnership with the States – a vision that contradicts the original meaning of our Founding charter.”