Building the Health Care Movement
Families USA, a leading national, non-partisan voice for health care consumers, is dedicated to achieving high-quality, affordable health care and improved health for all. Our work is driven by and centered around four pillars: value, equity, coverage, and consumer experience. We view these focus areas — and the various issues unique to each area — as the cornerstones of America’s health care system.
Public policy analysis that is rooted in Hill and administration experience, movement-building advocacy, and collaboration with partners are deep-rooted hallmarks of our work. In turn, our work promotes a health system that protects consumers’ financial security as much as it does their health care security.
As we advance our mission by combining policy expertise and partnerships with community, state, and national leaders, we forge transformational solutions that improve the health and health care of our nation’s families and speak to the values we all have in common.
Our ability to engage a broad network of stakeholders representing consumers, the health care sector, and the business sector is the mark of our success, as is our history of working with leaders from both sides of the aisle to tackle the health care problems facing the nation. Congress, federal agencies, and congressional staff rely on our sophisticated, expert advice to understand current policy and to develop new ideas.
We have deep, longstanding relationships with a diverse cadre of consumer leaders, advocates, and partner organizations in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Families USA works with a core of consumer leaders and grassroots activists in all 50 states. These relationships cut across “red states”, “blue states” and “purple states” as well as rural and urban communities. Families USA also has a rich history in building coalitions and executing campaigns with a range of national partners.
We do not stand alone in our work. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the families whose voices we take great privilege in lifting. In that way, millions are part of our mission, too.
Our current health care system is riddled with inefficiencies that increase costs and harm patients. We are working hard to remedy this problem with a robust health transformation agenda designed to ensure all families get the support they need to live healthy lives, including receiving high-quality, low-cost, consumer-centered health care. A key part of this work is helping state consumer leaders share best practices and learn from one another.
One of Families USA’s most important social justice missions is building a nation where no one faces barriers to a healthy life because of who they are or where they live. To achieve this goal, we are working with a highly diverse coalition of partners, including people of color, people with disabilities, rural communities, ethnic communities, and others to create a policy agenda to address inequities. We also are increasingly focused on addressing the social determinants of health by exploring upstream approaches, such as those employing community health worker models that protect and improve health, thereby preventing the need for medical care.
We believe that a critical aspect of good health for all families is the ability to obtain comprehensive and affordable health insurance coverage, and we continue to lead efforts on the national and state levels to protect and expand such coverage. We produce research, analysis, and messaging to defend and strengthen the Medicaid program and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This includes working in a nonpartisan manner with community leaders, governors, and state legislators to identify innovative ways to expand coverage for low-income people and other vulnerable populations, as well as to ensure health insurance works for all socioeconomic levels in the nation.
Too often, the consumer voice is an afterthought in local, state, and national efforts to reshape our health care system. Families USA is working to address this problem by researching and giving broad voice to consumer perspectives, and exploring new ways that enable consumers to engage on health care issues.