Posts for ACA Implementation

The Supremes: Coming to a Theater Near You?

Monday passed quietly with no sound of shuffling paper from the Department of Justice (DOJ) as they opted not to file a request for full review by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The 11th Circuit decision is the darling of the media due to its large 26

Following the Leaders: How Some Hospitals Use Community Benefit Programs to Address Health Equity

We’ve used this space to talk at some length about the shortcomings that follow from our “patchwork quilt” of state and federal standards for community benefit. Today, we’re taking a detour to talk about what’s right with community benefit—specifically, s

We Can Have Our Deficit Reduction and Keep Our Health Security Too

Yesterday, President Obama released a plan to reduce the deficit by more than $3 trillion over the next decade. It’s certainly not perfect, but his plan achieves these savings while largely protecting health security for the low-income families that rely

Administration Up 2-1 in ACA Court Challenges

The US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit released two opinions on Thursday in support of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), placing the Obama Administration ahead 2-1 in appellate rulings. The 4th Circuit rejected arguments from both Virginia and Liberty U

Sunlight is the Best Disinfectant: Bringing Transparency to Premium Increases

Going forward, health insurers will need to be more transparent and accountable than ever before when they seek large premium rate increases. This is because, as of today, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that insurers asking for premium increases o

Bundle of Hope?

Last week’s announcement by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation – a.k.a. The Innovation Center – about the launch of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative offers hope in the battle against out-of-control health care costs. Docto

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A Team Approach to Care As policymakers across the country look to balance their budgets, some are turning to Medicaid, recycling the same harmful policies they’ve used year-after-year: eliminating coverage for vulnerable Americans, restricting critical

Required Reading: A Gripping Behind-the-Scenes Look at ACA Passage

Inside National Health Reform by John McDonough is out on bookstore shelves. John, a longtime collaborator in efforts to improve health care in Massachusetts, brings his years as an organizer, legislator, professor, and head of Health Care For All (Massac

More Summer Sunshine: New Transparency Rules for Health Plans are a Win for Consumers

We got some good news last week from the Administration – new rules for individual and group health plans that require them to disclose critical information about their benefits and out-of-pocket costs. For many of us, this is sort of “ho-hum” news becaus