Medicaid and CHIP Discussions with Civil Rights Advocates and Healthcare Providers at the White House

Last week, a meeting was held by the White House Office of Public Engagement Director and Senior Counselor to the President Steve Benjamin along with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Chiquita Brooks-Rashua and Deputy Assistant to the President for Health and Veterans Affairs Kristen Linke Young. This meeting aimed to discuss the Biden-Harris administration’s efforts towards reducing healthcare costs and increasing its affordability for all Americans.

During the conference, participants included financial experts, state and insurer officials, civil rights leaders, and healthcare providers. The Biden-Harris administration officials and key stakeholders worked together to ensure that Medicaid rededication resumes smoothly along with keeping people connected to their insurance. They discussed the risks and devastating effects of adding bureaucracy by imposing work reporting requirements. Almost one in four people covered by insurance in states that tried similar policies faced negative impacts.

The officials of the Biden-Harris administration concluded the meeting by promising to work with civil rights leaders and other key stakeholders to protect comprehensive health care coverage for all Americans. The conference participants involved health insurance providers and associations, civil rights organizations, legislative leaders, and others. The list of participants included Alliance of Community Health Plans, America’s Health Insurance Plans, Blue Cross Blue Shield of America, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, National Urban League, and more.

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