Medicaid

Protecting the Social Safety Net: Reflections from an Anti-Hunger Policy Lens

This month I had the opportunity, along with over 1,300 participants, to attend the 2017 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference co-sponsored by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and Feeding America right here in DC. Given the conference title, you might expect the room to be filled with those working exclusively at anti-hunger organizations and food banks. However, I found...

Testimony of Shana Bartley, DHCF Performance Oversight Hearing, FY 2016-2017

Testimony of Shana Bartley, Acting Executive Director DC Action for Children Agency Performance Oversight Hearing Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Department of Health Care Finance Before the Committee on Health Council of the District of Columbia March 8, 2017 Good morning Councilmember Gray and members of the Committee on Health. Please accept my written testimony as it reviews the performance of the...

Playing chicken with our future

Watching President Obama's television address and the Republican response from House Speaker John Boehner last night, it was hard to forget that I wasn't watching a brilliant bit of political satire on "The Daily Show," but a real life crisis unfolding. The fact that the world's richest country is dancing on the brink of defaulting on our debt is hard...

Coverage doesn't equal access for children

Nearly half of children in DC are covered by Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, which provides health insurance to children from low-income families who do not qualify for Medicaid. This is a good thing, because it means that low-income children have health insurance. But unfortunately, being covered by Medicaid doesn't mean that children have access to treatment when...

How many D.C. children stand to lose health care?

Nearly half of all children under 18 in the District receive Medicaid – either directly or through CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program). It is a critical piece of the health care puzzle in our city, which actually has one of the highest coverage rates in the nation. But Republicans in Congress are pushing a new plan for Medicaid that would...