Estimates the number of Americans who die prematurely because they don't have health insurance, has state-level breakdowns by week, month, and year.
Find out how to get involved in developing Medicaid health homes, one of the ways states can get funding from the Affordable Care Act to provide coordinated, patient-centered care.
Explores how wellness programs can encourage people to adopt healthy behaviors, provides examples of model programs, and includes a checklist for designing consumer-friendly wellness programs.
Lays out the basics of how managed long-term care in Medicaid works; highlights key questions for advocates to ask when evaluating how managed care will affect consumers.
This series explains what Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are and discusses how to build ACOs that meet patient needs, improve quality, and reduce health care costs.
Explains the two ways states can change their Medicaid programs, including an at-a-glance comparison chart; discusses what advocates should do based on which option their state uses.
The meaning of the 2012 election results will probably be debated for months, if not years. But a few things are clear. Nearly everyone agrees that President Obama's reelection means that the Affordable Care Act - the 2010 health care law sometimes called Obamacare - will stay in place. And for people with Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage, especially those who use a lot of prescription drugs, that's good news.
This is the seventh in Budget Diagnosis, a series on the coming major decisions in Congress that could affect your health care. This series explains, simply, what advocates need to know, features special guests writing about different groups and populations that will be especially vulnerable, and provides you with updates from D.C. This post is a guest blog by Joan Alker from Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. Check out our first six posts here.
Consumers Have More to Gain: Report Examines Insurance Companies’ Responses to Medical Loss Ratio Requirements
The “medical loss ratio” (MLR) requirement of the Affordable Care Act was supposed to result in lower premiums for consumers. But this hasn’t happened yet. Why? A recent report by the Commonwealth Fund found that consumers haven’t seen lower premiums primarily because of how insurance companies are handling the requirement.
Congress only has a few more weeks to reach a budget deal and prevent our fragile economy from facing the fiscal cliff. But as our leaders consider budget plans, it’s important to remember that it’s not just about reducing the deficit—it’s about how we reduce the deficit.
Unfortunately, some in Congress are determined to cut the deficit by slashing health care programs like Medicaid, putting the burden on the middle class. But you and I know there’s a better way.