Category: Consumer & Industry News

 LIA Advisors License course to be offered again in 2014

LIA Advisors License course to be offered again in 2014

November 14, 2012 | Comments (0)

The LIA Advisors License classes will be held twice this year on June 3 & 4, 2014 and October 28 & 29, 2014. CEUs Awarded for the 2 day class: 14. The LAH LIA license/designation will enhance your status in the industry, increase your revenue and give you a competitive edge!  The LAH Adviser License, issued by […]

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"CHIA" releases baseline report on Health Care Provider Price Variation

“CHIA” releases baseline report on Health Care Provider Price Variation

November 14, 2012 | Comments (0)

The Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) is pleased to release the Baseline Report for Health Care Provider Price Variation in the Massachusetts Commercial Market. This study of relative prices was conducted pursuant to M.G.L. c. 118G, § 6 and Chapter 288 of the Acts of 2010, which directed the Division of Health Care […]

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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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