Living 14 hours away from home, I find myself nostalgic for my childhood days in Mississippi, particularly in the summertime. As we approach July, I often reflect on hanging out with friends and family while indulging in watermelon, homemade ice cream, and the best barbeque you’ve ever tasted. As much as I enjoyed summer get-togethers as a kid, I always noticed more of a twinkle in my parents’ and grandparents’ eyes than my own. As I got older, I began to understand why.
This post was written by Adam Searing and originally posted on the Progressive Pulse.
This post was written by Stephanie Cutter and originally posted on the White House Blog.
One of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act is what’s known as the medical loss ratio requirement—better known as MLR. This requirement at one time caused a mild panic among insurers. But it turns out that the medical loss ratio requirement isn’t all that scary, and as the provision goes into effect this year, insurers are beginning to realize that not only will they NOT lose earnings, but it is very likely their profits will continue to grow.
After attending our action-packed Health Action 2011 conference this past weekend, health care advocates from across the country are returning to their home states, ready to continue the fight for quality health care for all Americans.
Advocates attended workshop sessions that will help them as they continue to implement the Affordable Care Act in their states, attended networking breakfasts with other advocates working on similar issues, honored health care heroes, and—according to some early reviews—had a great time!
Families USA is pleased to invite you to Health Action 2012! Come gather with health care justice advocates from across the country to discuss challenges and formulate plans for the coming year.
Please join us Thursday, January 19, through Saturday, January 21, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Washington Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. There is an early-bird registration rate of $395 until December 16—after that, registration is $445.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is holding 10 regional listening sessions throughout the country about what benefits health plans should be required to cover as part of an “essential benefits package” under the health care law. The first listening session was in Chicago last Friday, and the last session will be held in San Francisco on Monday, November 21. The listening sessions are open to the public, but you must RSVP.
If you struggle to understand what your health insurance policy covers and how much you will have to pay for medical care under your plan, you are not alone. Most Americans who have coverage in the private insurance market do not understand their current coverage or other plans that may be available to them. This is largely because many insurers do not provide clear, easy-to-understand information about the health plans they sell.
This week is shaping up to be an important one in the legal battle over the Affordable Care Act. Tuesday's decision from the DC Circuit Court of Appeals is a big win for supporters of the law. It's the third appellate court to reject challenges to the law. In June, the Sixth Circuit upheld the law.
While CHIP may sound like a snack you would feed your kids after school, it’s actually something completely different. And frankly, it’s much better.
CHIP, also known as the Children’s Health Insurance Program, is a federally funded program that provides health coverage to low-income children whose parents make too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford insurance in the private market. Many families have found themselves in this situation as the cost of health care premiums keep increasing and unemployment rates continue to soar during this recession.