The feds are moving aggressively to breathe life into many new programs authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, now nearly a year old
The worst case scenario for health plans would be if the planned expansion of healthcare coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act evaporates, leaving insurers with added fees, onerous market regulations and fewer customers
Few plan organizations are whole-heartedly in favor of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In fact, there might be just one--the Association for Community Affiliated Plans
Most existing benefit plans will lose their grandfathered status by 2019, according to observers
Republicans introduced a bill to abolish Medicare's Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) before it even gets off the ground
A cumulative 23% cut is scheduled for this December. Another 6.5% cut in January 2011 and a 2.9% cut in January 2012 are scheduled.
While many health plans already have an appeals process in place for self-insured employers under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, new federal rules clarify the process for consumers to challenge denials and rescissions.
Federal officials are pressuring insurers to keep premium rates under control for the coming year.
The effect of new Medicaid expansion under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will depend largely on federal and state actions to roll out the provisions and encourage enrollment.
The Patient Protection and Care Act will allow health insurance coverage through state-based health insurance exchanges, expand Medicaid eligibility, and subsidize insurance premiums, all of which involve state implementation.