Posts for ACA Implementation

Sliding further down a slippery slope: Congress weakens ACA affordability protections again

Earlier today, Congress approved a bill that reduces paperwork requirements on small businesses by repealing what’s known as the enhanced 1099 reporting requirements passed as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA.) Congress paid for this change by weakeni

An unexpected win for consumers at NAIC

There’s been lots of drama at this year’s first meeting of the NAIC (National Association of Insurance Commissioners) in Austin, TX - way more than any of us consumer representatives to the NAIC expected. The good news, as you may have heard by now, is th

Affordable Care Act 1 Year Anniversary – Young People’s Care

To mark the first anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) this week, Health Policy Hub will be cross posting blogs from our state partners that show how people in their states are benefiting from the law. Today’s blog will give you an on-the-ground l

Health reform makes for healthier women

To mark the first anniversary of the Affordable Care Act this week, Health Policy Hub will be cross posting blogs from our state partners that show how people in their states are benefiting from the law. This blog was originally posted on the Health Care

Yea ACA!

To mark the first anniversary of the Affordable Care Act this week, Health Policy Hub will be cross posting blogs from our state partners that show how people in their states are benefitting from the law. This blog was originally posted on the Pennsylvani

And we all March forward…

The Department of Justice, upon the request of Judge Roger Vinson, filed a request for an expedited appeal to the Eleventh circuit last Tuesday. This, in exchange for a clear issuing of a ‘stay’ from the Judge that requires states to continue implementati

The Insider: The Politics of State Flexibility

What’s behind the President’s embrace of state flexibility? President Obama surprised a lot of people, including, apparently, Congressional Democrats, when he came out in favor of moving up the date when states could seek “global waivers” under the Afford

Less pain, more gain: defining an alternative to harmful Medicaid cuts

(please note most links below are pdfs) On Friday, Community Catalyst sent a letter to Secretary Sebelius, outlining eight policies states could implement to cut Medicaid costs. We were inspired to weigh in by a series of letters between the Secretary and

Medicaid Gymnastics: You want state flexibility? I’ll show you state flexibility!

Secretary Sebelius sent a letter last week to state Governors outlining dozens of ways that states can trim costs in their Medicaid programs (see our summary here). Most of these policies were right on target. They take aim at our fragmented health care d