Posts for Affordable Care Act

Navigating Managed Care’s Strange New World

State Medicaid programs have been moving at warp speed to turn over long-term services and supports (LTSS) to managed care companies. For some states, this marks the first journey into the tricky terrain of mandatory managed care for seniors and people wi

The Insider: Get out the Rye Bread and Mustard, Grandma, cause it's Grand Salami Time

For over two years, health reformers have been holding their breath waiting to see if the ACA would be a home run or just a long fly-out. With the re-election of President Obama and an expanded Democratic majority in the Senate, the news on the scoreboard

Statement of Robert Restuccia, Executive Director of Community Catalyst, on the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States

(BOSTON) - “Americans want the peace of mind that they can go to the doctor when they get sick and receive high quality, affordable health care. President Barack Obama’s re-election ensures Americans will be able to access the health care they need throug

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