Posts for Affordable Care Act

MLRs -- Going South?

Our sources at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) meeting in sunny Orlando sent an update on the storm brewing over the medical loss ratio (MLR) definition. For those of you new to MLRs, it’s been a long seven months for all of the

Consumer Assistance Programs grants, an important victory

Yesterday marked an important victory for health consumers and consumer advocates as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced nearly $30 million in grants to consumer assistance programs (CAPs) in 35 states, four territories and the Dis

Florida ruling swings pendulum toward Supreme Court

Yesterday, the federal judge in Florida, Roger Vinson, allowed the lawsuit against the new health law to go forward. In his ruling, the Judge maintained that there were constitutional issues in play and formal hearings would begin mid-December. Specifical

MI judge’s ruling swings the pendulum in favor of the individual mandate

A judge that upholds the legality of the individual mandate does exist! Yesterday, U.S. District Judge George Steeh dismissed the Thomas More Law Center’s central arguments against the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate and denied a requested injunc

The Insider: Cutting through the Chatter to Focus on What Matters

The ACA 6 month check up (the patient seems to be a little under the weather) This edition of the Insider is devoted to a high level overview of where reform stands politically at the six-month mark. As regular publication resumes, we’ll be digging into

Insurers behaving badly

You may have heard that many health insurers across the country (including several major insurers such as WellPoint, UnitedHealth Group, Aetna, Cigna, and Humana) have been announcing the discontinuation of new child-only policies. These are insurance pro

Six months in: The new health law gives us the key to better care

Our fourth post celebrating the six month anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. Six months ago today, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. Since then, the new health law has offered some concrete advances, including some that go into effect toda

Tipping our caps to health care that lasts a lifetime

The third post in our series highlighting the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. Most of us don’t think much about the fine print in our health insurance, especially something like a lifetime cap on our benefits. But the majority of us – an estimated 55

Expanded Dependent Coverage Will Make a Difference

This is the second in a series of posts on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. As you’ve probably seen over the course of the last few days, in celebration of the six month mark since the signing of the Affordable Care Act, Community Catalyst is high