Posts for Affordable Care Act

Did Issuers Get a Free Pass on the Inclusion of Essential Community Provider Requirements?

The Affordable Care Act requires qualified health plans participating in health insurance marketplaces (aka Exchanges) to maintain a sufficient number of Essential Community Providers (ECP) in their provider network.

New Study Builds Case for Expanding Medicaid

A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine confirms what consumer health advocates have known for decades: Medicaid is essential for keeping low-income households on stable financial footing.

The "Rate Shock" Myth

As Affordable Care Act opponents continue grasping at straws to find fault with the law, an assertion perpetuated by the insurance industry that the ACA’s coverage expansions will significantly increase premiums has gained prominence.

From the Feds Down to the States: Using Navigators to Promote Health Equity

HHS recently released the cooperative agreement funding opportunity for organizations interested in serving as Navigators in states with a Partnership or Federally Facilitated Exchange.

Spring NAIC Meeting: Insurance Commissioners Take Houston

This past weekend, insurance commissioners and their staff, along with insurance companies, brokers, other industry representatives, and a few intrepid consumer representatives gathered at the Spring meeting of the NAIC

Greater Than the Sum

April is National Minority Health Month and it is more important than ever to raise awareness about health disparities that continue to affect the health of millions of Americans.

Illinois Rolls Out Details of Duals Demo

On February 22, Illinois became the fourth state to move forward with a demonstration project striving to integrate care for people eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid (dual eligibles). The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Illinois and the Ce

Providing People of Color the Assistance They Need to Enroll

By January 1, 2014, 13 million people of color, including many immigrants, will be able to get health coverage through the new Insurance Exchanges, or Marketplaces. But it is still “insanely confusing” to navigate the complex health insurance system.

Getting Ready for Enrollment: Rhode Island Parent Information Network Starts Consumer Assistance Program

With enrollment around the corner, states have begun to think about the help consumers will need to enroll in coverage.