Posts for Affordable Care Act

For Seniors the Affordable Care Act is the Gift that Keeps on Giving

This week marks the two year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. And, while we will devote plenty of space this week to highlighting the many successes of the ACA, we could think of no better place to begin than with the law’s benefits for seniors. Un

Deal on Medicare Physician Pay Leaves Clues to Future Debates

Last Friday, Congress reached an agreement on how to prevent a payroll tax increase on 160 million working Americans, preserve unemployment benefits for laid-off workers and also extend a number of expiring health care provisions, most visibly, deferring

Obama’s Budget: An Imperfect Reminder That We Can Cut Costs Without Undermining Care

President Obama released his 2013 budget proposal yesterday. In the short run, it’s a mere formality. With a divided Congress in an election year, Obama’s budget is dead on arrival. But our national conversation about entitlement reform is far from over,

Contraception Coverage: A Compromise That Protects Women

In the immortal words of “Say Anything’s” Lloyd Dobler, “I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen.” We were worried women were going to get pens this Valentine’s Day instead of a key improvement to health care they are set to receive under the Affordable Ca

Some Year-End Cheer

Many of us in the advocacy world have been quick to point out examples of things we’d rather re-gift this season. But, as the days start to get longer, it’s worth acknowledging a big win for consumers in 2011 – the preservation of the medical loss ratio

Sunshine in December: Modern Healthcare Goes Deep on Charity Care Spending as IRS Shores Up Future Reporting

Two important pieces of news on the health access and transparency front arrived in time for the holidays: Modern Healthcare’s analysis of non-profit hospital tax reports shows, for the first time ever , what hospitals spend nationally on charity care,

The Essential Health Benefits Bulletin: Happy Holidays?

Last Friday, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a bulletin, sub-regulatory guidance, on the essential health benefits (EHB) package. This highly anticipated guidance was a bit of a letdown—kind of like the ugly reinde

Congress’s Gifts: Coal and a Bit of Gold

Viewed through the lens of the approaching holidays, the spending bill Congress wrapped up last weekend is a mixed bag for the Affordable Care Act and other health programs. Overall, the big gift is that the major health care cuts House Republicans had pr

The Affordable Care Act is Keeping Young Adults Healthy for the Holidays

Thanks to a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 2.5 million young adults will be healthy for the holidays this year. As we’ve blogged about previously, the ACA allows most young adults under 26 to remain on their parents’ health plans if they