Posts for Affordable Care Act

News from the Land of Lincoln and New Resources from Community Catalyst

Last week, Illinois became the fourth state to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and take the next step in creating a dual eligible demonstration project aimed at integrating care.

Essential Health Benefits: A little changed, a lot to monitor

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the final rule for Essential Health Benefits, Actuarial Value, and Accreditation. This anticipated rule was largely unchanged from its original form.

Improving Medicaid: Federal help to expand home care

Is your state still stowing in nursing homes people who could live at home with adequate help ? Is the state spending millions of Medicaid dollars on institutional long-term care when they could get federal funds to expand the less expensive community ser

Cross Post: The ACA’s Valentine to Veronica and Her Family: Peace of Mind

Health, happiness and success are three of the most common wishes parents have for their children’s future.

Navigators, Assisters, and Counselors, Oh My!

By now we know that upwards of 30 million Americans will have new, more affordable health coverage options available to them by January 1, 2014. But what many don’t realize is how incredibly difficult it can be to understand and choose the right health in

Cross Post: Consumers, Doctors and Legislators: Let the Sunshine In

This entry was originally posted on Community Catalyst's PostScript blog.  Consumer advocates, doctors, employers and leaders in Congress alike have all written letters this month urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to implement

Partnership Exchanges – Coming into Focus

With a year to go before Exchanges open for business, the pace of new guidance continues to pick up. Just this past week, HHS released guidance on State Partnership Exchanges. The Partnership Exchange is not an option presented in the Affordable Care Act

The ACA Does That Too?! Moving to Curb LGBTQ discrimination in Health Care

A woman in New Jersey was denied insurance coverage for an annual mammogram despite her plan’s typical coverage for such services. The reason: she’s transgender and her plan denies any coverage related to sex reassignment. She filed a lawsuit and eventual

The Insider: Health care and the fiscal debate: Where are we now and where are we going?

As the final days of 2012 slip away, little time remains for Congress and the President to strike a deal on tax rates and spending levels. If there is no deal, a host of tax cuts enacted under both Presidents Bush and Obama will expire (along with a numbe