Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security

Medicaid and Medicare are the nation’s largest healthcare care programs, covering around 140 million people–that’s over one third of the nation’s population including seniors, people with disabilities, children, pregnant women and millions of low-income workers. Many improvements have been made to both over the years but there’s still much more to do to guarantee that these programs will continue to thrive and provide millions of people with the healthcare they need. Medicaid must be expanded in the 11 states that have refused to implement coverage under the ACA for low income people. Lawmakers must protect and expand Medicaid funding for behavioral health and addiction services, for home based care, and for improved outcomes on maternal and child health. In Medicare, we must ensure prescription drug negotiations are implemented, expand coverage for services like dental, vision, and hearing, and continue to lower out-of-pocket costs for seniors and people with disabilities. 

Medicaid and Medicare, along with Social Security benefits, are the pillars of healthcare and economic security for hundreds of millions of Americans and the basis for building increased prosperity and opportunity for the future. Social Security benefits can be expanded by making wealthy people pay their fair share into the system just like working and middle class people already do.

February 20, 2024 in HCAN In The News, Protecting the Pillars

Charleston Gazette-Mail: Gary Zuckett: ‘Fiscal commission’ a wolf in sheep’s clothing (Opinion)

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July 28, 2023 in Protecting the Pillars, Release

Medicaid and Medicare Turn 58 as Big Pharma Fights Against Critical Reforms to Lower Prescription Drug Costs

WASHINGTON -- Ahead of the 58th anniversary of the Medicare and Medicaid programs on July 30, Health Care for America Now (HCAN) Executive Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement on the continued benefits…
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June 6, 2023 in Blog, Protecting the Pillars, Tax Fairness

Debt Default Bill Rewards Tax Cheats, Cuts Services for Working Families

The United States, the richest nation in the world, came to the brink of default last week as a game of political chicken forced a deal that cut nutrition, housing,…
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May 26, 2023 in Blog, Protecting the Pillars, Tax Fairness

Rising Food Costs and Cuts to Nutrition Assistance Loom Over the Memorial Day BBQ

Many families will honor fallen soldiers of the past as they gather this Memorial Day. It’s an opportunity to enjoy the long-awaited summer weather over a long-weekend of picnics, grill…
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