Communities of color, even once they have insurance, face barriers that can hinder access to those providers. Of those barriers, one of the most notable is the often limited availability of health care providers and facilities in communities of color. Today’s post outlines 10 tactics advocates can use to work with state and federal officials to help address these issues.
This guide explains how to interpret health insurers’ annual statements. This knowledge can be helpful to advocates who are challenging rate increases during the rate review process.
Last month, HHS and the Department of the Treasury issued new guidance on state innovation waivers that includes stronger protections for low-income and vulnerable consumers. We believe many of its provisions should be added to federal rules.
Provides national and state data on the millions of people with private insurance who will be helped by the new plain-language descriptions of health insurance required by the Affordable Care Act.
Presents the results of a comprehensive survey of all state insurance departments, compiles information on the laws that each state has in place to protect consumers.
Federal Standardized Health Insurance Plans Could Help Improve Access to Care without Raising Premiums
Health insurance companies should offer marketplace plans that make the cost of basic outpatient care—like primary care, specialty care, and prescription drugs—affordable to consumers. This report shows that the new federal standardized silver plans will help consumers by covering this care before people meet their deductible.
Both a call to action and a roadmap for progress, Families USA’s latest report, Health Reform 2.0 lays out a path for securing high-quality, affordable health care to all Americans—regardless of income, age, race, or ethnicity—and for achieving the “Triple Aim”: improving health, enhancing quality of care, and reducing health care costs.
Shows how, under the Affordable Care Act, only 0.6 percent of Americans under age 65 will be at risk of losing their current individual market plan and will not be income-eligible for financial assistance with new insurance.
By partnering with health insurance companies, enrollment assisters gain access to plan information and health literacy resources. Assisters can more easily obtain answers to consumer questions about the marketplace plans available to them and troubleshoot consumer problems.
This new infographic and accompanying report offers a new perspective on the public debate around recipients of private, individual (non-group) insurance whose health plans are being terminated and who fear they may need to pay more for new coverage.