Posts for Private Insurance and Health Insurance Marketplaces

The Takeaway: Cruz Issues An ACA Replacement Plan (April Fool)

Actually, he has done no such thing. His willingness to bring the federal government to a grinding halt in order to grandstand on the issue earned him a lot of notoriety. But when it comes to “replace,” the candidate remains vague at best.

Protecting Health Care Consumers in the Peach State

Over the past three years, advocates across the country have celebrated the plummeting number of uninsured people while working to identify and address the remaining challenges and barriers that health care consumers face. While early evidence found  most people who...

My Day in Columbia, Missouri

It was a beautiful spring day to be in a conference room, but inside, people’s energy did not wane. I felt like I was in a room of scientists – listening to presentations, brainstorming ideas, evaluating new approaches – all...

The Takeaway: Final Obama Era Insurance Rule Makes Incremental Progress But Leaves Many Issues Unresolved

Every year, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issues an update to the rules governing insurance companies and marketplaces. While there were many small adjustments the final update released Monday, the last under President Obama, can most fairly...

The Takeaway - Flint: How Did This Happen And What Does It Mean?

Flint: How Did This Happen And What Does It Mean? In my opinion, the biggest health care story of the week is the continued fallout from the lead contamination of the water supply in Flint, Michigan. The Flint crisis underscores...

New Report Highlights Progress, Room for Improvement in Health Coverage Gains for Hispanic Children

Last Friday, the Georgetown Center for Children and the National Council of La Raza co-released a report detailing recent gains in health coverage for Hispanic children. Among the key findings in the report is that the uninsured rate among Hispanic children dropped...

Winning Strategies to Protect Consumers from Surprise Medical Bills

Even consumers who do their best to get care from providers in their networks may still be charged unexpectedly for out-of-network care – an issue otherwise known as surprise medical bills or balance billing. Currently, no federal standards on surprise...

UnitedHealth Feeling the Pain of Being Late to the Party

UnitedHealth’s recent fretting about their plans in ACA marketplaces not boosting their bottom line as much as they had hoped and open pondering of pulling out of marketplaces next year (while actually expanding this year) is disappointing in the attention...

To 1332, or Not to 1332: That is the Question

Much is abuzz with the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Section 1332 State Innovation Waivers. Available in 2017, 1332 waivers give states authority to change how people get health coverage. In addition to allowing states to considerably change certain key coverage...
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