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A look at the proposed 2019 individual rates in Texas

| Jun 26, 2018 | Texas

Six carriers have filed their proposed rates for the individual market in Texas for 2019. Molina Healthcare, CHRISTUS Health Plan, Sendero Health Plan, SHA, Celtic Insurance Company, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas have all submitted their rates, which are available on the SERFF website. We have summaries of...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Western State Hospital, OIC update, Catherine Brazil

| Jun 26, 2018 | Washington

DJ is taking a well deserved vacation, so I'll be bringing you the next two editions of 5 Things We're Watching. I'm usually covering health policy in Washington, and a number of other states. Feel free to email me any feedback or tips. DJ will be back in July, but until then, here's what...[ Read More ]

Congresswoman Jayapal introduces state-based "Medicare for All" bill

| Jun 25, 2018 | Washington

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal has introduced the State-Based Universal Health Care Act of 2018. The bill would allow states to create their own laws and implementation plans for achieving universal coverage, or a “Medicare for All” system. “The Trump administration is on a mission to strip health care away from millions...[ Read More ]

Insurance Commissioner provides update on current work, future priorities

| Jun 21, 2018 | Washington

The Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) hosted its Health Policy Round Table yesterday, where it outlined its current work and its legislative priorities for the 2019 Legislative Session.   Proposed Rulemaking The OIC shared the current proposed rulemaking it is pursuing during the 2018 interim, including three proposed rules...[ Read More ]

Insurance Commissioner working on rule for short-term medical plans

| Jun 21, 2018 | Washington

Earlier this month the Office of the Insurance Commissioner released a stakeholder draft of its proposed rule on short-term limited duration medical plans in response to anticipated federal changes. Senior Health Policy Advisor Jane Beyer provided an update on the rule at the OIC’s health policy round table meeting yesterday....[ Read More ]

Ombudsman report into Division of Public Assistance reveals case backlog, communication issues

| Jun 21, 2018 | Alaska

Last month, the Alaska Ombudsman released its findings following an investigation of complaints about the Department of Health and Social Services Division of Public Assistance. The Division of Public Assistance (DPA) administers Adult Public Assistance Chronic and Acute Medical Assistance Denali KidCare Food Stamps General Relief Assistance Medicaid Senior Benefits...[ Read More ]