Tag Archives for America’s Health Insurance Plans

During Weekly Radio Address, Obama Stresses Reform Law’s Individual Mandate as a Right

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6_FVk9_Rlk

President Obama took to his weekly radio address this morning to stress something that I don’t think I have heard him say since the ACA was but a twinkle in his eye back in January 2009.  In the United States … Continue reading

17. August 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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MN Legislature Passes Major Healthcare Exchange Bill by Close Vote

By a very narrow vote of 37-28, actually closer than I would have anticipated, the Dem-controlled Minnesota Senate gave the state the go-ahead to create its own online exchange in advance of the required implementation under the ACA. Apparently, debate was … Continue reading

08. March 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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The Price of Obtaining Healthcare Today

You don’t have to be a healthcare policy pundit to surmise that all facets of delivery in this country are driven by profit and minimization of costs required to do it — from the insurers to Pharma, from acute hospitals … Continue reading

21. February 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Health Care Exchange Begins to Take Shape in Minnesota

Initial steps toward a health exchange infrastructure in Minnesota are already occurring. An online marketplace has been in the planning for months in this state. Over 1 million Minnesotans are expected to take part in this crucial part of the … Continue reading

10. January 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Insurers Begin Push to Consumers in Advance of ACA

Move over, retail clinics. Say hello to the latest healthcare entrant into the retail space — insurers. Because of the ACA and the mandated offerings due to take place by 1/1/14 within exchange marketplaces, you’ll probably be seeing more of … Continue reading

24. October 2012 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Approximately a Year Out, Exchange Implementation an Unknown Logistical Issue for States

The health care exchange provision of the ACA is expected to occur by 1/1/14. But many states are either eagerly prepared for this complete redefinition of the healthcare marketplace, or are in a state of seemingly perpetual ambivalence of participating. … Continue reading

08. October 2012 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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HHS Expresses Early ACA Success with Medicare Advantage Enrollment; GOP More Reticent

Overall enrollment within Medicare Advantage plans has increased as a result of the ACA. (The WH says that the programs — which offer Medicare benefits to beneficiaries over and above the government standard package — are “thriving”.) The CBO projected … Continue reading

21. September 2012 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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California’s Response to Financing Care under Reform Will Be Closely Watched

In the race to cover as many uninsured as possible under the ACA, states will have to quickly examine budgetary goals in order to meet the onslaught prior to the 2013 deadline of establishing a framework for the development of … Continue reading

02. July 2012 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Doctor Pundit Resurfaces; SCOTUS Ruling Imminent

Due to a panoply of technical issues, professional deadlines, and — well — life in general, the DP blog was under an extended hiatus. All of these nuisances seem to have been worked out, and the blog soldiers on — … Continue reading

18. June 2012 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Indiana Seeks Exemption from Key ACA Provision

From the Did You Know category today: the state of Indiana is challenging a key provision of the ACA having to do with the medical loss ratio for insurers. That’s the amount by which insurance premiums are set a certain degree … Continue reading

12. October 2011 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Report: 1M Young Adults Obtained Coverage in Q1 of 2011

The president can take some solace in a new report highlighting a positive aspect of the ACA — the increase in young adults with insurance coverage. According to the Nat’l Center for Health Statistics, approximately 1 million adults between the … Continue reading

22. September 2011 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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HHS Amends Rules, Delays Action on Patient Appeals

HHS is scaling back its July 1 date it set to enforce new policies concerning insurance claims denials and reviews. According to the agency, states need more time to “adhere to requirements” — much to the frustration of patient advocacy … Continue reading

24. June 2011 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Closer Scrutiny of Insurers’ Rate Review Mechanisms Just Latest Effect of Reform on Managed Care

A group of states with a combined population of just under 50 percent of the U.S. population is trying to circumvent the process by which insurers publish premium rates before those published rates reach the marketplace. Ordinarily, individual states would … Continue reading

22. May 2011 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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