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

| November 14, 2012 | Comments (0)
"CHIA" releases baseline report on Health Care Provider Price Variation

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

| October 26, 2012 | Comments (0)
LTCi Bill signed setting New Standards

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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MassAHU Streaming Live …

| July 31, 2012 | Comments (0)
MassAHU Streaming Live ...

***UPDATE: Thank you for attending the Streaming Live on 8/30/12 and 9/20/12. Registration for these sessions are now closed. MassAHU Members may watch this recorded presentation in the Broker Tool Box. Please watch for more additional Streaming Live Sessoins as they are scheduled***   Our unique Streaming Live Series “Embracing the New Role of the […]

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MA Health Council’s Health Resource Guide

| July 18, 2012 | Comments (0)
MA Health Council's Health Resource Guide

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

| July 13, 2012 | Comments (0)
MLR- Guidance on Rebates for Group Health Plans

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

| June 28, 2012 | Comments (0)
The Affordable Care Act, including its individual mandate that virtually all Americans buy health insurance, is constitutional

  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!

| June 21, 2012 | Comments (0)
Health Care Conference Committee needs to hear from YOU!

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

| June 7, 2012 | Comments (0)
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

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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