This blog post also appears on MomsRising.org. There are well-known reasons why promoting enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) makes sense for cities, but it isn’t just about better health outcomes—it’s also about financial empowerment. Just one medical emergency can bankrupt a family and cause devastating long-term financial hardship. City leaders
Category: Health and Wellness
Yes, today is the 2014 deadline to enroll in health insurance through the Marketplace. However, families with low- or moderate-incomes may qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which have no application deadline. This means that even after today, qualifying families may still enroll in Medicaid or CHIP. Medicaid and CHIP are
In honor of the 4th anniversary of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative this week, we are reprinting a series of blog posts from the Lets Move! blog. Below is the third post in this series, written by Madeline Rogero, Mayor of Knoxville, TN and Tim Burchett, Mayor of Knox County, TN. We’re moving in Knoxville,
Lisa Soronen is the Executive Director of the State and Local Legal Center and a regular contributor to CitiesSpeak. Perhaps your city is fortunate and has extensive biking and recreational trails. If so, have you ever wondered, where do bike paths come from? Many bike paths in the country come from abandoned railroad land grants or
Over the past several weeks, there has been increasing concern expressed about the Affordable Care Act’s excise tax, more commonly referred to as the “Cadillac” tax. So I thought I would provide city and town officials with some very simple, straightforward facts about what it is and what it means for your city and town.
The good news: After increasing for more than three decades, we are beginning to see childhood obesity rates fall in some states and communities. The bad news is that these improvements are not reaching every city, town, and county. Earlier this month, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the White House celebrated important milestones