Posts for ACA Implementation

The Shout Out Goes To…(drumroll please!)

State Advocates Who Participated in Our ACA Anniversary Challenge! This March we called on advocates across the country to participate in our Affordable Care Act Anniversary Challenge, a contest designed to celebrate the successes of health reform. The go

Health Equity Can't Wait: Guest Blog: Why Are Women of Color Still Dying in Childbirth?

Community Catalyst is proudly taking part in the Health Equity Can’t Wait! blog carnival celebrating National Minority Health Month. Participating bloggers are health, consumer, civil rights, and provider advocates committed to promoting health equity. Yo

The Insider: ACA opponents are counting their chickens too soon (and even if they win, they lose)

Pouring over the entrails Like ancient soothsayers seeking to read the future from the condition of the liver of an animal sacrifice, the political and policy addicts are picking through the transcripts of the oral arguments at the Supreme Court trying to

Better Care, Lower Costs: New Models of Care for Duals

Recently, the Kaiser Family Foundation released helpful new data on the role Medicare and Medicaid programs play for dually eligible beneficiaries. As a group, these 9 million low-income seniors and people with disabilities tend to have higher rates of ch

Keep talking up the medical loss ratio!

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, consumers have greater protections when buying health insurance. The new medical loss ratio (MLR) rule requires that health insurance companies must spend at least 80 percent of premiums on medical care and quality impro

What Retirement? Former Congressmen Kennedy and Ramstad Announce Work on Substance Use Disorders

Bipartisan friendships have not been on display in Washington, DC of late, but a recent event there showed how two committed advocates for consumers battling mental health and substance use disorders are letting neither their retirement from Congress nor

A Supreme Court wrap up: School House Style.

After a week of deciphering arcane acts and constitutional powers, one thing remains clear: the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is law. It was law last week, it is law today, and it will be law tomorrow. We all remember its development, passage and signing int

Medicaid Makes States an Offer That Is Too Good To Refuse

Today, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s Medicaid expansion (the planned increase in the number of low-income adults who are able to receive Medicaid coverage in 2014) is constitutional. The plaintiffs will a

Guest Blog: The Dog that Didn’t Bark: The Individual Mandate in Massachusetts

This is a guest post from our partner Health Care for All in Massachusetts.  Republicans have called it the end of liberty in America. Santorum said it would "crush freedom." Yet here in Massachusetts, the individual mandate is just part of the landscape,