Posts for ACA Implementation

Making Medicaid Enrollment Easier -- for People and for States

Advocates, stakeholders, federal and state governments are busy planning strategies for enrolling millions of newly eligible people into health coverage in 2014. But last week, CMS quietly released guidance that could lighten the load on everyone.

Engaging Veterans in the Medicaid Expansion

At Community Catalyst, we believe everyone should have a say in the decisions that affect their health. Many governors are now making decisions that affect the health of thousands of veterans and their families.

A Blueprint for Consumer Engagement in Dual Eligible Demonstrations

Building anything new is tough. That’s why we turn to blueprints and experts. The same principle applies to the federal demonstration projects for people eligible for Medicaid and Medicare (dual eligibles) under construction in more than 20 states.

New Polling Shows Strong Support for Expanding Medicaid in the Deep South

This week advocates in the South received yet another good reason to push for expanding Medicaid in their states.

Did Issuers Get a Free Pass on the Inclusion of Essential Community Provider Requirements?

The Affordable Care Act requires qualified health plans participating in health insurance marketplaces (aka Exchanges) to maintain a sufficient number of Essential Community Providers (ECP) in their provider network.

New Study Builds Case for Expanding Medicaid

A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine confirms what consumer health advocates have known for decades: Medicaid is essential for keeping low-income households on stable financial footing.

The "Rate Shock" Myth

As Affordable Care Act opponents continue grasping at straws to find fault with the law, an assertion perpetuated by the insurance industry that the ACA’s coverage expansions will significantly increase premiums has gained prominence.

From the Feds Down to the States: Using Navigators to Promote Health Equity

HHS recently released the cooperative agreement funding opportunity for organizations interested in serving as Navigators in states with a Partnership or Federally Facilitated Exchange.

Spring NAIC Meeting: Insurance Commissioners Take Houston

This past weekend, insurance commissioners and their staff, along with insurance companies, brokers, other industry representatives, and a few intrepid consumer representatives gathered at the Spring meeting of the NAIC