Posts for Affordable Care Act

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

Another Historic Announcement Brought to You by the ACA

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released new guidelines about women’s preventive health, and announced the services for women that insurance plans must cover without co-payments under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We first discus

The ACA – Working for Women

Women could start seeing some big advancements in preventive care services as part of the Affordable Care Act if the recommendations from Tuesday’s Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Clinical Preventive Services for Women: Closing the Gaps, are accepted

Help Shape Health Equity Work

Consumer advocates have a new opportunity to influence regional work to strengthen health equity. This is your chance to make a difference! The Office of Minority Health in the federal Department of Health and Human Services is seeking nominations for 10

An IPAB By Any Other Name …

While there is widespread agreement that Medicare is on a runaway train to threatened bankruptcy , there is little agreement about how to put it back on track. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes many provisions aimed at containing Medicare costs – fr

6th Circuit Rattles the Right

In the highly-partisan political and legal battle over implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit offered America a glimmer of reason yesterday. A three-judge panel delivered a 2-1 ruling upholding the

Cross-Post: A Disappointing Rollback of Consumer Protections on Appeals

June 23, 2011 The Affordable Care Act (ACA) established many consumer protections, but it was only the first step.  As decisions are made about implementation and regulations, the need for consumer engagement is critical. As an example of where protection

Navigators: Charting the Course Through the Exchange

It seems like no matter where you turned this spring, everyone was talking about health insurance Exchanges. These competitive marketplaces for health insurance are intended to provide individuals, families and small businesses with better options and inf

Vermont Takes Steps Down the Single-Payer Path

Today, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed H.202 into law, which puts his state on a path toward creating the first single-payer health care system in the nation. H.202 was passed in Vermont with the strong support of both the House of Representatives (