June 27, 2017

Repealing Essential Health Benefits Will Leave People with Pre-Existing Conditions Unprotected

Lydia Mitts

Associate Director of Affordability Initiatives

The Senate bill will allow states to easily eliminate the Essential Health Benefits (EHB) established by the Affordable Care Act.

This means getting rid of a core protection for people with pre-existing conditions. And it would have devastating consequences for millions of people. 

Allowing states to waive the EHB requirements would leave millions without any affordable health care options, forcing them to pay out of pocket for needed care or go without care all together.

May 7, 2015

A Special Mother’s Day Thanks to the ACA

Jenna Temkin

Story Bank Associate

Ruth Petran has celebrated Mother’s Day with her children for the past 33 years, but this Mother’s Day is special. Ruth says it’s the kind of Mother’s Day that wouldn’t have been possible without the Affordable Care Act. This is the first Mother’s Day that Ruth will celebrate as a grandmother, as well as a mother. For years, Ruth worried that her daughter’s private insurance policy without maternity coverage would force her to delay having children. Thanks to the ACA’s protections that mandate maternity coverage for all consumers, Ruth’s daughter, could access the insurance she needed to start a family and give Ruth the grandchild she had been hoping for.

March 18, 2015

Six Ideas in GOP Plans to Replace the ACA That Will Erode Health Coverage

Shannon Attanasio

Senior Director of Government Affairs

In recent weeks, Republicans have released several proposals for replacing the Affordable Care Act. Ranging from op-eds to white papers to full-fledged bills, these plans share many ideas in common for how to replace the historic health reform law. The takeaway? Republican proposals would reverse the ACA’s extraordinary progress in helping millions of consumers gain access to affordable, comprehensive, high-quality health coverage. Here are six damaging ideas from the proposals we’ve seen to date.

February 18, 2015

State Advocates’ Agenda for Private Health Insurance in 2015

Around the country, health care advocates are developing advocacy agendas to ensure that private health insurance plans meet consumers’ needs. From addressing high costs for consumers to strengthening provider networks to improving prescription drug formularies, advocates have a lot of work planned this year to improve private insurance.

Here, we list some of the top private insurance issues that are on advocates’ 2015 agendas, along with best practices and resources that advocates shared with their peers at our Health Action conference: 

March 19, 2014

Helping Consumers Pick a Health Plan That Will Meet Their Needs

Elaine Saly

Health Policy Analyst

Enrollment workers wear many hats, but one of the most important aspects of their job is helping consumers choose a plan that meets both their financial and health care needs. With all the different variables involved, it can be a daunting task. To help, our Enrollment Assister Network held a webinar to discuss how to help consumers understand and compare health plans.

 

November 30, 2010

Clara Barton: A Pioneer for Access to Quality Health Care

Clara Barton is widely regarded as an American hero. Her efforts to provide medical services were more than expressions of good will – she linked health care with progress and the power of women during a time when women were considered inferior to men.

September 27, 2010

Mental health disparities get a check up

Kate Blocher

Staff Writer

Last week we celebrated September 23, the six-month anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act. On September 23, several consumer protection provisions took effect, bettering the lives of millions of Americans. Although it hasn’t been discussed much, these provisions and other parts of the health reform law will have a special positive effect on the lives of the millions of Americans suffering from mental health or substance use disorders.

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