Posts for ACA Implementation

Thanks to MLR, Rebates Are Back!

For the second year in a row, the tables have been turned on insurance companies, and they are the ones writing the checks! Rebates are back, thanks to medical loss ratio (MLR) requirements in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Cross-Post: Huge health insurance price drop in store for New Yorkers

New Yorkers have a LOT to smile about! The proposed health insurance rates for the New York Health Benefit Exchange have been released and show that prices on the individual market will soon be dropping by a whopping 50%.

Some Kids Will Still Face Waiting Periods for CHIP, Unless States Act

Nothing says “long weekend” like a long list of regulations, right? While most of us were still recovering from our Independence Day celebrations, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) released a 600-page final rule.

DOMA Ruling: Better Health Care Access for LGBT Families

If you walked around our office last Thursday morning, you would have found nearly everyone’s eyes glued to SCOTUSBlog, awaiting the Supreme Court’s decision on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the Proposition 8 case from California.

Health Equity in Focus: Can I get an Amen? Successful strategies for organizing faith leaders

This is a guest post by Suzanne Schlattman, Deputy Director for Development and Community Outreach for the Maryland Citizens Health Initiative. Faith leaders are often on the front lines serving families in crisis, whether at the side of the hospital bed,

The Latest Scoop on Enrollment: Broker Regulations

As open enrollment approaches, consumers will need accurate information to choose the right health plan. The Affordable Care Act provides assistance to consumers in a variety of flavors.

Expanding Medicaid Will Dramatically Improve Behavioral Health Care

We talk a lot about Medicaid Expansion on this blog because we know it is vital to improving access to health care for millions of people. But sometimes it’s helpful to review how it will help people.

Cross post: Competition And Transparency Bring down Health Insurance Costs—Here’s The Proof

As we near open enrollment in new health plans, all eyes are on insurance premiums and the rates they are based on. Industry-backed sources have been fueling the media with doomsday scenarios about cost increases due to the ACA.

Health Equity in Focus: It’s a New Day for Health Care in New Mexico!

This is a guest post by Joe Martinez, Consumer Outreach Coordinator for Health Action New Mexico. Be sure to check out HANM’s blog for more coverage of their work.