Posts for ACA Implementation

Cross Post: Insurance Commissioners Respond to Consumer Concerns

This blog was originally posted on Say Ahhh! A Children's Health Policy Blog By now many of you have probably heard about the big news coming out of the NAIC meeting this week in Orlando. After seven months of intense debate and negotiation, the NAIC vot

Consumers Win on MLRs!

In the final showdown at the NAIC meeting, Insurance Commissioners listened to consumer advocates and took a firm stand on medical loss ratios (MLRs). After a furious week of lobbying by both the insurance industry and consumer advocates, the MLR definit

MLRs -- Going South?

Our sources at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) meeting in sunny Orlando sent an update on the storm brewing over the medical loss ratio (MLR) definition. For those of you new to MLRs, it’s been a long seven months for all of the

Consumer Assistance Programs grants, an important victory

Yesterday marked an important victory for health consumers and consumer advocates as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced nearly $30 million in grants to consumer assistance programs (CAPs) in 35 states, four territories and the Dis

Florida ruling swings pendulum toward Supreme Court

Yesterday, the federal judge in Florida, Roger Vinson, allowed the lawsuit against the new health law to go forward. In his ruling, the Judge maintained that there were constitutional issues in play and formal hearings would begin mid-December. Specifical

MI judge’s ruling swings the pendulum in favor of the individual mandate

A judge that upholds the legality of the individual mandate does exist! Yesterday, U.S. District Judge George Steeh dismissed the Thomas More Law Center’s central arguments against the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate and denied a requested injunc

The Insider: Cutting through the Chatter to Focus on What Matters

The ACA 6 month check up (the patient seems to be a little under the weather) This edition of the Insider is devoted to a high level overview of where reform stands politically at the six-month mark. As regular publication resumes, we’ll be digging into

Insurers behaving badly

You may have heard that many health insurers across the country (including several major insurers such as WellPoint, UnitedHealth Group, Aetna, Cigna, and Humana) have been announcing the discontinuation of new child-only policies. These are insurance pro

Six months in: The new health law gives us the key to better care

Our fourth post celebrating the six month anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. Six months ago today, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. Since then, the new health law has offered some concrete advances, including some that go into effect toda