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Insights Column 10.18.2011

Setting the Record Straight: Privacy and Risk Adjustment

The creation of a risk adjustment program is a vital part of the Affordable Care Act. It lessens the incentive for insurance companies to enroll only healthy people by helping insurers cover the costs…

Insights Column 10.17.2011

Insurers trying to keep secrets from consumers

One of the key aspects of the Affordable Care Act is holding insurance companies more accountable. For far too long, insurers have jacked up the cost of premiums while not having to explain to the…

Insights Column 10.07.2011

Health reform helps cancer patients and survivors

Cancer is a devastating disease that affects millions of Americans. Receiving a diagnosis of cancer is scary for everyone involved. On top of the emotional impact, the cost of screenings, medication, and treatment take…

Insights Column 10.03.2011

Why a cancer survivor is going without medication

Sandy Kintz of Westport, New York, is a lung cancer survivor, but her daily life is anything but carefree. The former nurse has to use two inhalers and is unable to walk more than…

Report 10.01.2011

States Making Progress on Rate Review

The Affordable Care Act encourages states to improve their processes for monitoring health insurance premium rate increases. This process is known as “rate review.” The authority each state has over premium increases varies greatly.…

Insights Column 09.28.2011

How the uninsured affect the insured

If you have insurance, you might not give a second thought to those without it. Think uninsurance doesn’t affect you? Think again. According to a new study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, when there…