Posts for ACA Implementation

Rate review: how states can help make health insurance more affordable

Thirty-nine percent increase in California. Fifty-six percent increase in Michigan. Forty-seven percent increase in Connecticut. Twenty-one percent increase in New Mexico. In recent years consumers have faced unprecedented hikes in their health insurance

Doc-Fix Dips Into Affordable Care Act Funding: The First Step on a Slippery Slope?

Earlier today, Congress passed a law to avert a scheduled 25 percent cut in Medicare reimbursement rates for doctors. While preventing those cuts is critical to ensuring access to needed care for America’s seniors, the way Congress paid for the “doc-fix”

What are AGs good for?

Beyond their traditional duties of legally representing state agencies and serving as an advisor to the Governor, state attorneys general over the last two decades have proven themselves defenders of everyday people in the name of the public good. One def

Mini Meds: The Insurance Industry Swindle

Is a few thousand dollars worth of health care coverage really insurance? Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) raised this question at a December 1 hearing appropriately entitled Are Mini-Med Policies Really Health Insurance? As chair of the Senate Commerce, Sc

The ACA brings a 21st Century Consumer-Centric Approach to Coverage Enrollment

Right now millions of people qualify for Medicaid and other public benefits but are not enrolled. Failure to modernize the outreach and enrollment process is a major reason why so many people are falling through the cracks of the health system. Banks have

Just the facts, MA’am

Massachusetts’ health reform law generated a great deal of attention during the debate on national health reform. As implementation of the new law moves forward, Massachusetts reform continues to remain in the spotlight, but not always in a good way. Affo

Exchanges and Advocates: Helping Your State Create a Successful Exchange

One of the most talked-about provisions in the Affordable Care Act is the creation of health insurance Exchanges to help people and small businesses get coverage. HHS recently released their Initial Guidance to States on Exchanges, which gives you the bas

The Insider: Health Reform and the Elections, part I

What happened... By now, no one needs a detailed recap of the election itself. Although Senate Democrats may have done a little better than expected, the U.S. House of Representatives made a major swing to the right, as did statehouses across the country.

Anti-ACA Ballot Measures: One, Two, Three? Not Quite

Citizens in three states cast their votes on anti-Affordable Care Act (ACA) ballot initiatives on Tuesday. All of the ballot measures presented citizens with an up or down vote on whether the state constitution should be amended to allow its citizens to l