Just last week, new and helpful health reform provisions kicked in, benefiting millions of American families across the country. Recent college graduates can now stay on their parents’ plan until they’re 26. Moms now have the freedom to choose their own OBGYNs without prior approval from their insurance plan. And insurance companies can no longer arbitrarily take away your coverage if you get sick.
The off-year elections in Louisiana, Kentucky, and Virginia aren’t dominating the Twitterverse like the presidential primary debates.
But the outcomes will determine the momentum of the ACA in the region that has been most resistant to expansion.
Learn what your state needs to know about designing a health insurance marketplace and how you can help assess whether it's consumer-friendly.
The third open enrollment period for consumers to buy health insurance through the marketplaces has officially begun! Automatic renewal will help ensure that people who got covered in 2015 stay covered in 2016. But to make sure they are getting the best plan they can afford and the right amount of tax credit, consumers will need to be active shoppers—and many will need help from assisters to make the right decision.
What did you miss on your vacation? Our readers’ favorite blogs from the summer reflect some of the hottest topics in health care policy.
With cost a major factor in consumers’ health insurance plan choices, it’s not surprising that our coverage of the 2015 rates for health insurance premiums attracted the most readers this summer. Beginning in May and June, health insurers began releasing their proposed monthly premium rates for 2015. We wrote about premium rate predictions, five trends we’d observed in the 2015 rate filings, and laid out a roadmap for advocates seeking to challenge unreasonable increases in premium rates using a process known as “rate review.”
Last week, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation released a report by the Urban Institute analyzing the impact of the Massachusetts’s health reform law over the past year. By all accounts, access, quality, and affordability have improved for all Bay Staters both since the inception of the bill in April 2006 and over the past year.
Maryann, a cancer survivor from California, explains the difference that access to affordable health insurance through the Affordable Care Act has made in her life:
"Cancer is horrible. If you’ve never had to go through it, you can’t imagine what it does to you — physically, mentally, emotionally. The stress and scariness are unimaginable.
But one thing I did not have to stress about: Health insurance. In 2014, I purchased a plan through Covered California. My plan has carried me through my treatments."
¡Basta ya! Changing the Frame from Sex and Stigma to Health and Safety
Written with Lydia Mitts
Outlines the main elements of the Affordable Care Act that will go into effect right away, including help for people with pre-existing conditions, free preventive services, and improved Medicare drug coverage.
Democratic senators are doing the hard work on Capitol Hill to fight the repeal bill. Don’t forget to keep engaging them in your advocacy to stop the heartless legislation. Visit the Protect Our Care page for more resources and tips for talking to senators who support the bill.
If, on the other hand, your senator is opposed to this bill, here’s what you should be doing, here's what you should be doing.