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Toolkit: Medicaid Expansion

NETWORK invites all nuns, and we are all nuns, to form teams of activists for Medicaid expansion in your state. Read more

Blog: Happy Fifth Birthday to the Affordable Care Act - One Giant Step Forward to Healthcare for All

Mar 23, 2015 | By Laura Peralta-Schulte

Today we celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and declare once and for all that the ACA is a SUCCESS. 

Unlike the hysteria that surrounded its passage, with critics arguing that it would destroy the U.S. economy, leading to job loss, the fact is that our economy is stronger, jobs are growing, and Americans are more healthcare secure than they have ever been. 

Let’s look at the facts. 

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Blog: Why We Need to Fund the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Now!

Mar 02, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

Funding for CHIP runs out at the end of this fiscal year (September 30, 2015) and without its renewal almost every state will be affected. This is because CHIP is a block grant program in which nearly all states have opted to participate. (The exception is Arizona, which left the program in Jan. 2014).

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Blog: What’s at Stake in the Supreme Court’s Latest Case Considering the Issue of Subsidies in the Affordable Care Act

Feb 13, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

In less than three weeks (on March 4) the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of King v. Burwell – with a decision expected in late spring/early summer. Too few people realize how high the stakes are. Before considering the stakes, let’s be sure we understand the fundamental issues.

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Update on NETWORK’s Legislative Agenda

December 10, 2014

NETWORK continues to be strongly engaged in lobbying Congress during these last few days of the 113th Congress. At the same time, we are gearing up for new challenges in 2015. Here is a brief overview:

Blog: The Children's Defense Fund's (CDF) Cradle to Prison Pipeline Campaign

Jul 07, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

If you are not already familiar with the CDF's nationwide campaign, launched back in 2007, we urge you to check out the its website for national and state-level information -- as well as CDF President Marian Wright Edelman's weekly Child Watch column in the Huffington Post. Not only do I support this ongoing campaign for social justice, but I notice how it dovetails with so many of NETWORK's own initiatives, primarily our efforts to reduce inequality in this country.

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Real-life Costs of Failure to Expand Medicaid in 24 States

The Council of Economic advisory has just released a sobering report entitled Missed Opportunities: The Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid. It show that states that refuse to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act hurt the health and financial wellbeing of a large number of their residents.

Opposition to Medicaid expansion is based on politics rather than the wellbeing of the people in those states. That is deeply reprehensible.

Blog: Let's Rejoice in Health Care Achievements over the Past Few Years

Jun 23, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was strongly supported by NETWORK, which played an important role in getting it passed by both houses of Congress despite its unanimous rejection by congressional Republicans. It was signed into law in March 2010 by President Obama. Without doubt, it is the most significant overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.

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