Posts for Affordable Care Act

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Benefits are Essential!

Frequent readers of this blog will know that we’ve written previously on Essential Health Benefits (EHB), a minimum set of core benefits the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires most plans to cover starting in 2014. States are in the process of choosing a b

Cross Post: Summaries of Insurance Benefits and Coverage will Help Consumers Comparison Shop

This entry was originally posted on the Center on Health Insurance Reforms at Georgetown University Health Policy Institute's CHIRblog. As of September 23, the “wild west” of shopping for health insurance coverage has been at least partially tamed, thanks

Delivery System Reform: A Vehicle to Improve Health Equity

Provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) address a challenge many across the nation are trying to tackle – advancing health equity by improving the health status of and quality of care for racial and ethnic minorities. A recent report issued by the Nat

The ACA: Saving Consumers’ Premium Dollars Once Again

Hot off the heels of $1.1 billion in rebates from insurance companies that failed to meet the medical loss ratio (MLR) standard, the ACA is again saving money for consumers. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) just released a new report that

MA Business Leaders: Why MA Health Reform Is Good for Business

It’s no secret that the Massachusetts health reform law is a great success for the people of Massachusetts: • 98 percent of residents have health insurance • There are virtually no uninsured children • The number of people with a usual source of care

Massachusetts First to Sign Agreement with CMS to Implement a Duals Demonstration Program

Efforts to integrate care for people enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid (dual eligibles) took another step forward last month when Massachusetts became the first state to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Centers for Medicare and Medic

NAIC August Meeting: A Few Fireworks at a Mostly Humdrum Meeting

Guest Blog The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) held its annual summer meeting in Atlanta this past weekend. The meeting was striking more for what was not accomplished than for what was. State health insurance commissioners have an

Moving Latinas Health Forward: Celebrating the Latina Week of Action

It couldn’t be a more perfect week to celebrate the third annual Latina Week of Action. Eight days ago, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) began to level the playing field when it comes to gender inequity in health care by expanding women’s access to preventiv

Something to Celebrate: Three Big Birthdays, One Short Week

Three programs vital to the health care security to millions of Americans celebrated birthdays last week. Medicaid and Medicare turned 47, and their “little sibling,” the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), also marked 15 years of ensuring low-income