Posts for Private Insurance and Health Insurance Marketplaces

It’s time to start talking about Essential Health Benefit benchmark plans!

It seems like a distant memory when states had to choose their Essential Health Benefit (EHB) benchmark plans. However this process will repeat itself, as states have the option to pick new benchmark plans for the 2017 plan year based on a 2014 plan.

Preparing for 2016 Marketplaces: What Can Consumer Advocates Do?

While you are still helping consumers enroll and learn how to use their 2015 coverage, insurers are putting together applications for 2016 qualified health plan (QHP) certification.

A Day in the Life: Helping LGBT Consumers Enroll in New Hampshire

Navigators, assisters, and certified application counselors are the unbiased people who are there helping consumers understand what the Affordable Care Act means for them and the new insurance options available to them through the law. We want to elevate their...

So long, farewell. But first, a few of my favorite things.

As our Senior Policy Analyst wraps up her 8 years at Community Catalyst, here are her reflections as well as hopes for the future.

'Tis the Season for Network Adequacy

Need an escape from crowded malls, holiday meal planning and travel plans? We’ve got the solution: escape to a quiet corner of your home with steaming cup of hot coco, a warm blanket and hundreds of pages of proposed federal regulations....

Health Insurance Never Sounded So Good!

The holiday season brings many traditions to look forward to, such as spending time with family and exchanging gifts. There are also some less-favored traditions, though, such as the deluge of holiday-themed advertisements.

Boosting Latino Coverage: Strategies for Open Enrollment 2.0

With open enrollment in full swing, consumer health advocates are ramping up their outreach to diverse populations that continue to have disproportionately high rates of uninsurance.  Latinos in particular are more likely to be uninsured, with one in three Latinos...

What are you thankful for? Proposed regulation around Essential Health Benefits!

Last Friday afternoon, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the highly anticipated 2016 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (BPP) rule. The BPP addresses a number of consumer...

Celebrating Successes: Protecting Access to affordable and quality coverage and care for people living with HIV

Dedicated advocacy has led to important successes in protecting health insurance coverage and health care access for people living with HIV. Below are three recent successes, both advocates working at the state and federal levels.
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