Posts for Private Insurance and Health Insurance Marketplaces

Advocacy Strategies to Address Discrimination in Health Plans Part 2: New Discrimination and Barriers to Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS

This guest blog post is the second blog in a series on discrimination in health plans. In this blog we highlight how discrimination in health plans affects people living with HIV/AIDS and policy recommendations to address the issue. While the...

From Connecticut to the Capitol: A Consumer Focus

As Kevin Counihan takes the reigns as the “Obamacare CEO” of and as we all gear up for open enrollment, Community Catalyst hopes that HealthCare.Gov will run as smoothly this year as AccessHealthCT did under Counihan’s leadership.

Advocacy Strategies to Address Discrimination in Health Plans

In this blog we will focus on how stronger network adequacy standards can play a role in addressing discrimination concerns, and later in part 2 we will highlight how discrimination in health plans affects people living with HIV/AIDS, as one example.

Take 2: Essential Health Benefits – Wait, didn’t we just do that?

As we enter the fall of 2014, the window of opportunity to influence what benefits are required in Marketplace plans is opening. While the essential health benefits (EHB) package is already set for 2015, advocates have the opportunity to influence...

Reforming State Regulation of Provider Networks: Efforts at the NAIC to Re-draft a Model State Law

Almost two decades ago, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) adopted a model state law to regulate the adequacy of health plan provider networks.

Cross Post: Massachusetts Announces Improvements To Transgender Health Care Coverage

Officials from the administration of Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) announced new policies Friday that will improve access to health care for transgender residents of the commonwealth.

How state-based advocates made open enrollment a success

Last week was all about outreach and enrollment and talking up the success of consumer advocates’ work during the first ACA open enrollment period.

A Day in the Life: One Navigator's Experience in Austin, TX

Navigators, assisters, and certified application counselors are the unbiased people who are there helping consumers understand what the Affordable Care Act means for them and the new insurance options available to them through the law. We want to elevate their...

"Show Me State" Enrollers Show Us How Enrollment Gets Done

Since October, more than 5 million people nationwide have enrolled in health insurance through Marketplaces. This could not have happened without the help of thousands of Certified Application Counselors (CACs). Last week, I had the good fortune of spending a...
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