Posts for Affordable Care Act

Better Care, Lower Costs: New Models of Care for Duals

Recently, the Kaiser Family Foundation released helpful new data on the role Medicare and Medicaid programs play for dually eligible beneficiaries. As a group, these 9 million low-income seniors and people with disabilities tend to have higher rates of ch

Keep talking up the medical loss ratio!

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, consumers have greater protections when buying health insurance. The new medical loss ratio (MLR) rule requires that health insurance companies must spend at least 80 percent of premiums on medical care and quality impro

What Retirement? Former Congressmen Kennedy and Ramstad Announce Work on Substance Use Disorders

Bipartisan friendships have not been on display in Washington, DC of late, but a recent event there showed how two committed advocates for consumers battling mental health and substance use disorders are letting neither their retirement from Congress nor

A Supreme Court wrap up: School House Style.

After a week of deciphering arcane acts and constitutional powers, one thing remains clear: the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is law. It was law last week, it is law today, and it will be law tomorrow. We all remember its development, passage and signing int

Medicaid Makes States an Offer That Is Too Good To Refuse

Today, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s Medicaid expansion (the planned increase in the number of low-income adults who are able to receive Medicaid coverage in 2014) is constitutional. The plaintiffs will a

Guest Blog: The Dog that Didn’t Bark: The Individual Mandate in Massachusetts

This is a guest post from our partner Health Care for All in Massachusetts.  Republicans have called it the end of liberty in America. Santorum said it would "crush freedom." Yet here in Massachusetts, the individual mandate is just part of the landscape,

At last. A Supreme Day in Court.

After a week of celebrating the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it is increasingly difficult to dismiss all the good that health reform is doing. Whether you are someone with a pre-existing condition who now has access to health insur

The Insider: I don’t even play one on T.V.

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments next week on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, most legal experts expect the court to uphold the law . I’m not a constitutional scholar or even a lawyer (and who knows what this court will do

The Insider: Second Anniversary Check-in on the ACA

With today’s blog we welcome back “The Insider,” Community Catalyst Policy Director Michael Miller, who will continue to provide an “inside out” perspective on major policy and political developments in the health policy arena. Though today’s blog is very