Tag: Health Insurance Reform

First Looks at the Delaware Health Insurance Exchange

Filed in Delaware by on July 18, 2013 8 Comments
First Looks at the Delaware Health Insurance Exchange

Under the ACA, each state is supposed to create and manage a medical insurance marketplace where people who aren’t covered by insurance can buy plans. Delaware’s Health Insurance Marketplace website went live this AM — although the details of the exchange and the insurance options on offer are not yet available. I’m mildly surprised that California and NY got theirs up earlier — I had thought at one time that Delaware was pretty far ahead of the planning curve for planning and implementing this. Which is probably a misconception on my part.

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The End of For Profit Insurance Companies

Filed in National by on February 27, 2012 3 Comments

So claims the CEO, Chairman and President of Aetna Insurance, Mark Bertolini. He was speaking at a health-related conference in Las Vegas, and told his audience:

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In Which We Find Karen Weldin Stewart Abandoning Delaware Consumers Again

Filed in Delaware by on December 6, 2011 45 Comments

Back in June, we discussed the actions of KWS to apply for waivers from the medical cost ratio rule for two insurance companies so that they can continue to pay commissions to brokers and sales agents. Since then, HHS has finalized its rule that requires that the costs to pay premiums or other support to brokers and sales agents be categorized as Administrative Costs and therefore included to the maximum 20% overhead allowed by the ACA. Delaware’s own Insurance Commissioner voted in a recent NAICS action to vote on a resolution that recommends that Congress exempt the fees insurance agents and brokers from medical loss ratio calculations (pdf) and that HHS revive their rulemaking to exclude brokers and agents from the the administrative costs of insurance companies.

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Tom Carper Trying to Help Kill Public Option Effort in the Senate

Filed in National by on March 11, 2010 5 Comments

According to this article in The Hill, Dick Durbin is thinking that the entire caucus needs to come to grips with the idea of voting down any amendments to the HCR reconciliation fix, even the Public Option. And here is Tom Carper — working on his centrist cred, no doubt — egging this on:

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Jacob Hacker Endorses Medicare Buy-in

Filed in National by on December 14, 2009 3 Comments

Even though apparently Joe Lieberman and Ben Nelson are now bad-mouthing a deal they helped to make, Jacob Hacker was in the news last week endorsing the Medicare Buy-In. Hacker being pretty much the Godfather of the Public Option. The complete interview on this (including others) is here on the PBS website, but this piece from Hacker is important:

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Tom Carper Never Lets Go the Rightwing Talking Points

Filed in National by on November 25, 2009 63 Comments

Call this post reason #578,091 why Senator Tom Carper is not a progressive. As if a proud member of the DLC could be. Senator Carper tells WHYY:

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Tom Carper’s Chief of Staff Now Lobbies for Wellpoint

Filed in National by on November 18, 2009 20 Comments

You read that right — the nation’s largest insurer has hired Tom Carper’s ex-Chief of Staff as a lobbyist to campaign for their interests on the health care bill:

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New Commercial Targets Castle on Health Care Vote

Filed in National by on November 12, 2009 1 Comment

This excellent commercial is from the SEIU in conjunction with the Foundation for Patients’ Rights, and started broadcasting in Delaware markets last night:

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The Castle Amendment – Bend Over!

Filed in Delaware, National by on November 8, 2009 14 Comments

Here is the amendment Mike Castle added to the GOP “Die Quickly” Health Insurance Bill. ‘‘In applying subparagraph (B), a group health plan (or a health insurance issuer with respect to health insurance coverage) may vary premiums and cost sharing by up to 50 percent of the value of the benefits under the plan (or […]

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Here It Is! The Republican Heath Care Plan!

Filed in National by on November 5, 2009 15 Comments

Well, at first it was an outline. Then John Boehner got really mad after it was released and people made fun of him again with the outlines.  So now they’ve finished their homework (pdf), now take a good look at Boehnercare: No national exchange No mandates for employers or for individuals Insurance companies still get […]

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Breaking: Carper On Board With Public Option!?

Filed in National by on October 22, 2009 10 Comments

It’s the current lead story on Talking Points Memo: Guess he’s been getting the messages left at his office. He still sounds a little weaselly about it, and decidedly unenthused, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be off the reservation.

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An Interesting Thought On The Practices Of Health Insurance Companies

Filed in National by on October 17, 2009 9 Comments

Bob Cesca:  “If the airlines were randomly dropping passengers out of airplanes at 30,000 feet, the airlines would be investigated, shut down or nationalized.” And, yet, isn’t this pretty much what health insurance companies are doing?  Dropping people.

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Attempted Murder Or Just Business As Usual?

Filed in National by on October 16, 2009 6 Comments

Love, love, love the fact that people against the public option worry so much about rationing, but not so much about stories like these: Via HuffPo:  Rather than continue to pay for Ian Pearl’s million dollar medical treatments, one insurance company has decided to end certain lines of coverage altogether, reports William Ehart of the […]

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Breaking: Snowe To Vote Baucus Bill Out Of Committee

Filed in National by on October 13, 2009 14 Comments

Via TPM: 1:57 p.m.: Snowe’s announcement that she’ll vote for the bill today spread a ripple of excited whispers across the silent hearing room. It’s getting interesting.  Although I’m sure Snowe doesn’t count as a real Republican.

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Sen. Tom Carper Talks About State-Run Public Options

Filed in National by on October 11, 2009 7 Comments

This video from the Nightly Business Report is not embeddable, but click here and the player should come up for you. There is a transcript, too.

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CBO Score on Baucus Bill Completed

Filed in National by on October 7, 2009 0 Comments

The CBO score (this is a pdf) was delivered on the Finance Committee bill this afternoon and the news is at first blush — good. Good in that it will keep the process rolling to its next step which is a vote out of Committee so the work at merging the HELP and Finance bills can proceed. Key highlights:

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More Like This Please! Shep Smith Dismisses the Talking Points

Filed in National by on October 7, 2009 4 Comments

You have to see it really, but there is a transcript here. Shep Smith had on repub Representative John Barrasso from Wyoming for a discussion of the Public Option for health insurance reform, which definitely did not go as the Representative likely expected.

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Would You Be Insurable If…

Filed in National by on October 5, 2009 7 Comments

…You lost your job? Most people who recieve health insurance through their employer have never considered this possibility.  Perhaps it’s time they did.

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Chart of the Day

Filed in National by on September 30, 2009 2 Comments
Chart of the Day

The latest Kaiser Family Foundation poll is out and the news is pretty good, actually:

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On Tom Carper and Filibusters and Questions to Be Answered

Filed in Delaware by on September 30, 2009 5 Comments

If he has any shred of integrity remaining, Tom Carper will have no choice but to oppose a filibuster of health insurance reform, even if it contains a robust public option. Why? Because that has been his position on other key votes, even those that he allegedly opposes. Take his vote on Supreme Court Justice […]

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Breaking: Carper Votes Against Rockfeller Public Option –UPDATED

Filed in National by on September 29, 2009 36 Comments

Via Steve Benen:
Updated — Carper votes against the Rockefeller Amendment and for the Schumer Amendment.

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The Largest Free Clinic in the United States

Filed in National by on September 29, 2009 6 Comments

This should not be in a first world country: 1300 people showed up for a free dental clinic in Parkesburg, WVA. Then. the Remote Area Medical crew see 1500 people per day, in a free clinic over 8 days in Los Angeles. This weekend, 2000 people in Houston came to a free clinic (Texas having […]

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Tom Carper Wants to Give In to the GOP on Health Care

Filed in National by on September 26, 2009 15 Comments

Watch this video of Carper on CNN yesterday — captured by Jed over at dKos:

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Health Insurance’s War Against Women

Filed in National by on September 17, 2009 27 Comments

And children.  I’m really looking forward to hearing social conservatives defend this… “The point of insurance is to insure against catastrophic care costs. That’s what you’re trying to aggregate and pool for such things as heart attacks and cancer,” said an Anthem Blue Cross spokesman. “Having a child is a matter of choice. Dealing with […]

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In Which The News Journal Phones It In Again

Filed in National by on September 12, 2009 8 Comments

…and shows themselves to not be paying attention to one of the biggest legislative efforts of a lifetime.

Today The Editors (a term probably more symbolic than a reflection of the actual work being done) published an editorial in which they intone with all seriousness — Health plan will cost money: It’s time Washington admits it.

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