States Can Fight Back Against Anti-Consumer HHS Rules

Posted June, 13 2017 by Amanda Dunker

In April, the federal Department of Health and Human Services changed the rules to make buying health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces harder (you can read HCFANY’s comments on those rules here). The rules were ostensibly meant to prevent adverse selection, the problem of people waiting until they are sick to buy health […]

Secret Senate Health Bill Nearing Final Stages

Posted June, 13 2017 by Amanda Dunker

The health bill passed by House Republicans was horrifying. We’re hearing that the Senate’s top secret draft is basically the same, and that they’re rushing to vote on it before the 4th of July. No one knows exactly what’s in the bill because it is being written by a small, closed group of Republican Senators. They are […]

Premium Requests for 2018 Are Out – Let the State Know What You Think About It!

Posted June, 9 2017 by Amanda Dunker

Health insurance companies have to get permission from insurance regulators for their prices every year, whether premiums are increasing, decreasing, or staying the same. In New York, our insurance regulators (the Department of Financial Services, or DFS) consider public comments when making their decision. To help consumers make informed comments, DFS posts the insurers’ applications […]

Proposed Medicaid Cuts Will Force States to Ration Care or Raise Taxes

Posted June, 6 2017 by Amanda Dunker

Because the Senate is writing their health bill in secret, we don’t know a lot about what is in it. But there is a good chance the bill will look very similar to the one passed by the House of Representatives on May 4 – one Senator told the media the bill will be ‘about […]