Monthly Archives: October 2006

Market Merger Commission to Meet on Thursday

The Commission on the Small/Nongroup market merger will meet this Thursday, 10 to 11:30am at the Division of Insurance at One South Station. Check out the Agenda below. Doesn’t look as enlightening as earlier meetings, though still worth attending to … Continue reading

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More Warnings about Low-Cost Health Plans

One week after the Attorney General’s office filed suit against MEGA Life, more examples of the failures of low cost/minimal benefit plans are emerging. Christopher Rowland’s article in today’s Globe details hardships inflicted on subscribers of those plans. High deductibles … Continue reading

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HLA Recommendations on New MassHealth Citizenship Requirements

HCFA’s indefatigable law firm — Health Law Advocates — has submitted recommendations to MassHealth to ensure minimal disrupture of eligibility due to the new federal requirements for citizenship documentation. This summary was provided by HLA’s Sara Pic Harrison: A new … Continue reading

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Gruber on RAND and the Role of Co-Payments

The Kaiser Family Foundation released a new report today on “The Role of Consumer Co-Payments for Health Care: Lessons from the RAND Health Insurance Experiment and Beyond.” The report was written by MIT economist Jonathan Gruber. Faithful followers of this … Continue reading

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FamsUSA Report: MA Premiums Rose 6.4X Faster than Earnings — ’00 to ’06

New report out yesterday from FamiliesUSA — click here to get full report. Here are press release excerpts: Health care premiums rose an estimated 6.4 times faster than earnings for MA working families from 2000 to 2006. In that six-year … Continue reading

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Governor Signs Health Reform Technical Bill

Gov. Romney signed the technical corrections bill into law this past Thursday. As legislators indicated all along, it’s strictly non-substantive and non-controversial changes to Chapter 58 signed last April. The new law is chapter 324; and will be online here: … Continue reading

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PA Legislature Approves Children’s Health Expansion

News from this past week from the Kaiser Daily Brief: The Pennsylvania House on Tuesday voted 176-19 to approve a compromise bill that would expand eligibility for the state’s SCHIP program to thousands more children. Under the bill, children of … Continue reading

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