Posts for ACA Implementation

The Real Story: Advocates’ work in 2012 prepares states for consumer friendly Exchanges

We’ve all heard the prevailing story – state action to create health insurance Exchanges, online marketplaces where people can get information about and obtain health insurance, has been very limited in 2012. After eleven states and DC passed legislation

What Successful Advocacy Looks Like

Today Community Catalyst launched a new section of our website, “Stories from the States: the Impact of the ACA Implementation Fund.” Dedicated to showcasing the success state advocates have had in their work to ensure effective and consumer-focused imple

Essential Health Benefits - Last Call?

September 30 is upon us. Has your state e-filed their Essential Health Benefits (EHB) plan? The ACA requires that all new, non-grandfathered plans in the individual and small group markets both inside and outside the Exchange offer a standard package of b

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Benefits are Essential!

Frequent readers of this blog will know that we’ve written previously on Essential Health Benefits (EHB), a minimum set of core benefits the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires most plans to cover starting in 2014. States are in the process of choosing a b

Cross Post: Summaries of Insurance Benefits and Coverage will Help Consumers Comparison Shop

This entry was originally posted on the Center on Health Insurance Reforms at Georgetown University Health Policy Institute's CHIRblog. As of September 23, the “wild west” of shopping for health insurance coverage has been at least partially tamed, thanks

Delivery System Reform: A Vehicle to Improve Health Equity

Provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) address a challenge many across the nation are trying to tackle – advancing health equity by improving the health status of and quality of care for racial and ethnic minorities. A recent report issued by the Nat

The ACA: Saving Consumers’ Premium Dollars Once Again

Hot off the heels of $1.1 billion in rebates from insurance companies that failed to meet the medical loss ratio (MLR) standard, the ACA is again saving money for consumers. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) just released a new report that

MA Business Leaders: Why MA Health Reform Is Good for Business

It’s no secret that the Massachusetts health reform law is a great success for the people of Massachusetts: • 98 percent of residents have health insurance • There are virtually no uninsured children • The number of people with a usual source of care

Massachusetts First to Sign Agreement with CMS to Implement a Duals Demonstration Program

Efforts to integrate care for people enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid (dual eligibles) took another step forward last month when Massachusetts became the first state to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Centers for Medicare and Medic