Posts for Affordable Care Act

What are AGs good for?

Beyond their traditional duties of legally representing state agencies and serving as an advisor to the Governor, state attorneys general over the last two decades have proven themselves defenders of everyday people in the name of the public good. One def

Mini Meds: The Insurance Industry Swindle

Is a few thousand dollars worth of health care coverage really insurance? Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) raised this question at a December 1 hearing appropriately entitled Are Mini-Med Policies Really Health Insurance? As chair of the Senate Commerce, Sc

The ACA brings a 21st Century Consumer-Centric Approach to Coverage Enrollment

Right now millions of people qualify for Medicaid and other public benefits but are not enrolled. Failure to modernize the outreach and enrollment process is a major reason why so many people are falling through the cracks of the health system. Banks have

Just the facts, MA’am

Massachusetts’ health reform law generated a great deal of attention during the debate on national health reform. As implementation of the new law moves forward, Massachusetts reform continues to remain in the spotlight, but not always in a good way. Affo

Exchanges and Advocates: Helping Your State Create a Successful Exchange

One of the most talked-about provisions in the Affordable Care Act is the creation of health insurance Exchanges to help people and small businesses get coverage. HHS recently released their Initial Guidance to States on Exchanges, which gives you the bas

The Insider: Health Reform and the Elections, part I

What happened... By now, no one needs a detailed recap of the election itself. Although Senate Democrats may have done a little better than expected, the U.S. House of Representatives made a major swing to the right, as did statehouses across the country.

Anti-ACA Ballot Measures: One, Two, Three? Not Quite

Citizens in three states cast their votes on anti-Affordable Care Act (ACA) ballot initiatives on Tuesday. All of the ballot measures presented citizens with an up or down vote on whether the state constitution should be amended to allow its citizens to l

Cross Post: Insurance Commissioners Respond to Consumer Concerns

This blog was originally posted on Say Ahhh! A Children's Health Policy Blog By now many of you have probably heard about the big news coming out of the NAIC meeting this week in Orlando. After seven months of intense debate and negotiation, the NAIC vot

Consumers Win on MLRs!

In the final showdown at the NAIC meeting, Insurance Commissioners listened to consumer advocates and took a firm stand on medical loss ratios (MLRs). After a furious week of lobbying by both the insurance industry and consumer advocates, the MLR definit