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The Impact of Tuesday's Election on Health Reform (And We're Not Talking About Congress)

Monday, November 1st, 2010 - 9:53
Monday, November 1, 2010 - 09:31
With the help of NPR, we're going to talk about the importance of Tuesday's election to the future of health reform -- not because of Congress, which has been covered extensively, but because of insurance commissioners and the governors who will appoint them.

HHS to Solicit Bids from States for Insurance Exchange Demonstrations

Friday, October 29th, 2010 - 9:57
Friday, October 29, 2010 - 09:29
Of all the changes taking place under health reform, the one that arguably concerns states the most is the requirement to develop insurance exchanges by 2014. The Department of Health and Human Services will try to relieve the burden on states as a whole by beginning what amounts to a "Race to the Top" for insurance exchanges.

Health Reform and Premium Increases: What's the Real Connection?

Thursday, October 28th, 2010 - 10:31
Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 10:05
Health reform is often blamed by many congressional candidates, business owners, and some insurance companies as the reason why insurance premiums are ballooning during the current open enrollment period. It's important to paint a fairer picture ahead of next week's midterm elections.

The Role of the Insurance Exchange: Regulation or Information?

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 - 14:30
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 14:06
Setting up insurance exchanges is perhaps the toughest challenge facing states in 2014, if for no other reason than the fact that most states have no experience running them. The federal government has awarded $49 million in grants to states to help them formulate the exchanges. In the meantime, though, there are two models on opposite sides of the ideological spectrum that may provide guidance.

How Fast Can We Learn in Implementing Health Reform?

Monday, October 25th, 2010 - 9:03
Monday, October 25, 2010 - 08:53
Make no mistake about it—with the health reform law that Congress has passed, we’re embarking on one of the most dramatic policy initiatives that American government has ever tried. That’s not just because of its scope, though remaking 18% of the economy is a pretty big step. It’s also because we simply don’t have the political institutions, administrative mechanisms, information systems, and learning systems in place to make it work.

Insurance Commissioners Adopt Strict MLR Standards, Paving Way for HHS Decision

Friday, October 22nd, 2010 - 8:56
Friday, October 22, 2010 - 08:40
State insurance commissioners have granted the wishes of consumer advocates by holding the line on tough new recommendations for the medical loss ratio, according to The New York Times and several other media sources. The recommendation now goes to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for final approval.

Big Vote Today on Medical Loss Ratio

Thursday, October 21st, 2010 - 8:52
Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 08:32
Today's vote by the NAIC on the medical loss ratio is one of the major early milestones for health reform, as it will pit the forces of insurance companies against the sentiments that drove health reform in a major implementation decision.

Feds Provide Grants to States to Help Consumers Navigate Insurance Maze

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 - 10:47
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 10:27
There's been a lot of talk about opposition to health reform, what the reform law does and how much it will cost. But poll after poll has shown consumers' lack of knowledge about what's in health reform and how it will affect them.

Legal Wrangling Over Health Care Law Ramps Up

Monday, October 18th, 2010 - 10:40
Monday, October 18, 2010 - 10:11
A federal judge in Virginia today will hear arguments from the state's attorney general that health reform's individual mandate is unconstitutional. Late last week, a federal judge in a separate 20-state lawsuit centered in Florida ruled that challenges against the individual mandate and the expansion of Medicaid can go forward.

Administration Bends on Higher Rates for Child-Only Policies

Thursday, October 14th, 2010 - 9:23
Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 08:51
The Obama administration has again relented in the face of pressure from insurers in the child-only market, agreeing to allow insurers to charge higher rates for children with medical problems than for those who are healthy -- as long as the state allows it, according to this story in The New York Times. The administration had previously allowed insurers to establish open enrollment periods to assuage their concerns about adverse selection.