Monthly Archives: August 2013

All Your Base Rates Are Belong To Us: Springfield Republican Reports on Premiums Under Obamacare

Yesterday, a story by Shira Schoenberg in the Springfield Republican  covered the just-approved health insurance rates for next year: The basic cost of a health care plan for an individual or small business in Massachusetts will increase, on average, by … Continue reading

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MassHealth Draft 1115 Waiver Public Hearing and Comment Dates Set

MassHealth reached out to Health Care For All and asked us to share the following information regarding their renewal for their 1115 Waiver request. The 1115 Waiver allows states to expand health care coverage to populations that aren’t traditionally covered … Continue reading

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Reddit answers the question: what is universal health care really like?

There’s an amazing conversation happening on Reddit (an enormous social news site / message board) right now about health care around the world. It started with one Redditor asking the question: “Redditors who live in a country with universal healthcare, … Continue reading

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Remember That Dire ACA Forecast? Never Mind.

Remember that dire report commissioned by the Mass Association of Health Plans from July (it’s here (pdf))? Never mind. The report was an attempt to forecast the impact of the ACA on small group and individual premiums in Massachusetts. The … Continue reading

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Interview: Liz Is Happy To Gets Her “Medical Loss Ratio” Rebate From Her Insurer

Under both Massachusetts law and the ACA, insurers must spend a minimum percentage of health care premium revenue on medical benefits for the people they cover. This is called the “Medical Loss Ratio” (MLR) in insurance argot. If insurers don’t … Continue reading

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Tobacco Tax Increased Today: Win – Win – Win – Win …. (how many wins do you want?)

Today Massachusetts increased its tobacco taxes, on both cigarettes and other forms of tobacco. Back when the legislature was debating tobacco taxes in the 1990s, one legislator called it a win-win policy, and another responded that it was a win-win-win … Continue reading

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