Posts for Affordable Care Act

Reflecting on last week’s victories

The ACA and marriage equality decisions are the culmination of years of policy and legal strategies, organizing, and advocacy.

So Much PRIDE: Marriage Equality and the Affordable Care Act

We’re still celebrating the Supreme Court’s decisions regarding health care and marriage equality from last week. But, we’ve also now taken time to evaluate just what these decisions mean—together.

Closing the Gap Is About More Than Just the Bottom Line, But It Helps

Failing to close the gap is a missed opportunity for consumers, hospitals and states. The uninsured rate in the 30 states (including D.C.) that have closed the gap fell from 18 percent to just below 11 percent.

Yes, Remove the Flag. And Close the Coverage Gap to Really Address Racial Inequality

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the State House. Yet, she remains adamantly opposed to accepting the federal dollars set aside to extend Medicaid coverage to low-income South Carolinians.

Going the Extra Mile for Rural Hospitals

This month, a small town mayor, Adam O’Neal, and civil rights activist, Bob Zellner, are leading a 283 mile walk from Belhaven, NC to Washington, DC to call on lawmakers to close the coverage gap and help ensure that rural hospitals can remain open.

New rules on Special Enrollment Periods give consumers more flexibility to get covered

Once open enrollment ends a person can only join a Marketplace health plan, or change to a different one, if they qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP).

Network Adequacy: Are We There Yet? We're Getting Closer!

If you’re looking for summer plans, look no further! From now until September, it’s time to weigh in on 2016 Marketplace plans.

Measurement That Matters: A Starting Point to Get to “Better, Smarter, Healthier”

In January, we asked “How do we get to better, smarter, healthier?” One of the steps we identified was developing better people-centered health quality measures. The IOM recently released a report that has the potential to be a game changer.

The Takeaway: More Please

The most significant development of the week at the intersection of health care policy and politics was the Obama administration’s crackdown on insurers for evading the rules about free preventive services as they apply to contraception.