Posts for Affordable Care Act

Administration Up 2-1 in ACA Court Challenges

The US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit released two opinions on Thursday in support of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), placing the Obama Administration ahead 2-1 in appellate rulings. The 4th Circuit rejected arguments from both Virginia and Liberty U

Sunlight is the Best Disinfectant: Bringing Transparency to Premium Increases

Going forward, health insurers will need to be more transparent and accountable than ever before when they seek large premium rate increases. This is because, as of today, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that insurers asking for premium increases o

Bundle of Hope?

Last week’s announcement by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation – a.k.a. The Innovation Center – about the launch of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative offers hope in the battle against out-of-control health care costs. Docto

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A Team Approach to Care As policymakers across the country look to balance their budgets, some are turning to Medicaid, recycling the same harmful policies they’ve used year-after-year: eliminating coverage for vulnerable Americans, restricting critical

Required Reading: A Gripping Behind-the-Scenes Look at ACA Passage

Inside National Health Reform by John McDonough is out on bookstore shelves. John, a longtime collaborator in efforts to improve health care in Massachusetts, brings his years as an organizer, legislator, professor, and head of Health Care For All (Massac

More Summer Sunshine: New Transparency Rules for Health Plans are a Win for Consumers

We got some good news last week from the Administration – new rules for individual and group health plans that require them to disclose critical information about their benefits and out-of-pocket costs. For many of us, this is sort of “ho-hum” news becaus

How the Affordable Care Act Helps Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

Mandatory Medicaid coverage for former foster care youth who have aged out of the foster care system but are in care as of their eighteenth birthday—an important provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that isn’t as widely known as it should be—is fina

ACA Opponents Grab a (Partial) 11th Circuit Win

In a 2-1 decision this past Friday, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta handed ACA opponents a partial victory and dealt a partial blow to the Obama Administration and ACA supporters. While the ruling is frustrating to those working tireless

Debt-Ceiling Compromise Kicks Medicaid Fight Down The Road

Yesterday, the president signed a bill that ended months of intense negotiations over lifting the country’s debt-ceiling. But for the fate of Medicaid – and the millions of seniors, people living with disabilities, and low-income children who rely on the