Tag Archive: health care

  • 12 States Release Proposed Premium Increases

    | May 22, 2015 | Add a comment

    While premium filings aren’t expected from the federal government until next month, a report from The Wall Street Journal released Thursday provides a snapshot of preliminary 2016 rate filings from health insurance market leaders in 11 states. The figures represent average increases in premiums proposed by the largest carriers in … »

  • Majority of Exchange Enrollees Previously Had Coverage

    | May 8, 2015 | Add a comment

    A new study this week from RAND Corp. estimates that just 4.1 of the 11.2 million people enrolled in exchanges were previously uninsured. The majority, 7.1 million, had coverage prior to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Indeed, a higher number of uninsured gained coverage through Medicaid than through the exchanges, … »

  • Medical Innovation in Focus for Congress

    | April 27, 2015 | Add a comment

    The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday, April 23, held a subcommittee hearing on the impact of the medical device tax on jobs, innovation and patients. Since January 2013, manufacturers and importers of medical devices have faced a 2.3 percent excise tax to offset costs of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  … »

  • Telemedicine Controversy in Texas

    | April 20, 2015 | Add a comment

    The Texas Medical Board views rules it adopted April 10 as “expanding telemedicine opportunities,” but business and industry groups insist they’ll instead serve to “drive a stake through the heart” of telemedicine in the Lone Star State. At the center of the issue is whether a video consultation is enough … »

  • Supreme Court Sides with Idaho, Blocks Medicaid Lawsuits

    On Tuesday, the Supreme Court issued a ruling in Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center, holding that Medicaid providers cannot sue states to increase reimbursement rates. In a 5-4 decision that broke along non-ideological lines, the Court ruled that health care providers serving Idaho Medicaid patients could not ask federal courts … »

  • Mississippi Becomes 8th State to Protect Direct Primary Care

    | March 24, 2015 | Add a comment

    On Wednesday, March 18, Governor Phil Bryant approved the Mississippi Direct Primary Care Act, a measure to promote innovation and affordability in health by shielding direct primary care practices from state insurance regulators. Under a typical direct primary care agreement individuals pay a flat monthly fee directly to their physician … »

  • Administration, States Establish Special Open Enrollment Period

    | February 26, 2015 | Add a comment

    On February 20 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the creation of a special enrollment period for taxpayers to avoid penalties for non-compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate. Open enrollment for 2015 officially ended February 15, and prior to the CMS announcement, those who … »

  • ALEC HHS Task Force Director on the Lars Larson Show

    | February 20, 2015 | Add a comment

    On February 19, Sean Riley, the director of the ALEC Task Force on Health and Human Services, went on the Lars Larson National Radio Show to discuss Obamacare enrollment numbers. Listen to Sean’s 10-minute segment at the 00:47:11 mark below.

  • Despite Increased Enrollment, Obamacare Still in Hot Water

    | February 13, 2015 | Add a comment

    In a recent Buzzfeed video that has already logged over 5.5 million views, President Obama reminded us all that the Affordable Care Act’s second open-enrollment period ends Sunday. And yet federal officials have already begun trumpeting the numbers. Early this month, Sylvia Mathews-Burwell, secretary of the Department of Health and … »

  • Wyoming Defeats Medicaid Expansion Proposal

    and | February 9, 2015 | Add a comment

    On Friday, the Wyoming State Senate voted 19-11 against a proposal to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The House Labor, Health and Social Services Committee then pulled its version of the bill. “With all of the Senate’s work, they still fundamentally believe this is not the right thing … »