Category: Consumer & Industry News

LTCi Bill signed setting New Standards

LTCi Bill signed setting New Standards

October 26, 2012 | Comments (0)

Finally – long-term care insurance legislation (S-2359) is signed by Gov. Patrick. The bill, that is based upon the NAIC model LTC Standards Act and contains key provisions that gives the Insurance Commissioner more oversight authority over rate-setting and cost controls. It sets new standards for LTC policies and includes consumer protections that address pre-existing conditions, prohibiting […]

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Thank you for being at Benefest!

October 9, 2012 | Comments (0)

Thank you to our speakers, attendees, and sponsors for making this conference our best yet. MassAHU was pleased to have a full house during our morning session! Please take a look at the day’s slide show:

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MA Health Council's Health Resource Guide

MA Health Council’s Health Resource Guide

July 18, 2012 | Comments (0)

The Massachusetts Health Council has updated their 2012 Health Resource Guide– a comprehensive compilation of the latest Internet accessible information for disease management and control. The Guide promotes prevention and wellness and is designed so consumers, providers, workplaces and state health agencies will have available, in one location, website links providing information on managing a range of […]

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MLR- Guidance on Rebates for Group Health Plans

MLR- Guidance on Rebates for Group Health Plans

July 13, 2012 | Comments (0)

Distributions from health insurance issuers, such as insurance companies, to their policyholders, including employee benefit plans, take a variety of forms, including refunds, dividends, demutualization payments, rebates, and excess surplus distributions. To the extent that distributions, such as premium rebates, are considered to be plan assets, they become subject to the requirements of Title I […]

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The Affordable Care Act, including its individual mandate that virtually all Americans buy health insurance, is constitutional

The Affordable Care Act, including its individual mandate that virtually all Americans buy health insurance, is constitutional

June 28, 2012 | Comments (0)

  Issue Summary of the Supreme Court Ruling on Health Reform The Supreme Court has just released its multi-page ruling on the constitutionality of the health reform law and the summary result is clear: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is constitutional. Some Key Political Points:   Republican House leaders will quickly force […]

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Health Care Conference Committee needs to hear from YOU!

Health Care Conference Committee needs to hear from YOU!

June 21, 2012 | Comments (0)

The Health Care Conference Committee chaired by Rep. Steven Walsh and Senator Richard Moore, will be meeting to negotiate differing versions of the legislation (S-2260 and H-4127) that sponsors hope will reduce long term health care costs over the next several years by approximately $150 billion to $160 Billion.  It is the hope of the […]

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Recent Consumer Report article verifies what America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) has been saying for years now--providers are at the root of the healthcare cost problem

Recent Consumer Report article verifies what America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) has been saying for years now–providers are at the root of the healthcare cost problem

June 7, 2012 | Comments (0)

Based on research of prices charged by insurers like UnitedHealth, Aetna, Cigna and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans, Consumer Reports concluded that insurers set prices for services based on providers’ bargaining power in each market. The prices have nothing to do with quality of care provided. Read more: Consumer Reports: Providers’ bargaining power drives insurance […]

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Highlights from Engaging Consumers & Hi-Deductibles

Highlights from Engaging Consumers & Hi-Deductibles

June 6, 2012 | Comments (0)

Catch highlights from the most recent Streaming Live series “Embracing the New Role of the Broker” with Todd McDonald, with Aisling Partners, interviewing Gary Fradin, President of TheMedicalGuide. What IS Consumer Engagement? What ARE the Barriers to Consumer Engagement? What do I NEED to Know? What Tools ARE Available Today that Will Help Consumers?

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Senates' Health Care Savings Bill puts Agents Livelihoods in Jeopardy!

Senates’ Health Care Savings Bill puts Agents Livelihoods in Jeopardy!

May 14, 2012 | Comments (0)

Senate Bill 2260, the Senate’s Bill that seeks to reduce the growth in health care costs and improve health care quality and patient care, contains a few provisions that threaten your livelihoods as independent professional brokers in the health insurance market.  Amendments filed by Senator Michael Roderigues and Senator Michael Moore need to be supported. […]

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