Telemedicine: Another Tool in the Toolkit to Meet Network Adequacy Standards?

Health plans have been increasingly narrowing their provider networks, raising concerns about gaps in access to services for consumers, particularly in areas with provider shortages. Could telemedicine be used to help fill those gaps? CHIR authors say not yet and summarizes key findings from a new report published in partnership with the Urban Institute and with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Continue reading

Delay the Individual Mandate? Why That’s a Bad Idea.

The Urban Institute has published a helpful analysis of proposals to delay the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate provisions. The authors detail why such proposals would have disastrous consequences for the millions of consumers expected to benefit from the law. Sabrina Corlette took a look and shares why delaying the individual mandate is tantamount to repealing the ACA itself. Continue reading

New Report Examines Early Indications of Insurer Participation and Competition in Health Insurance Exchanges

One of the key goals of the Affordable Care Act is to make health insurance coverage more affordable and consumer-friendly by managing competition among health insurers through the creation of health insurance exchanges. A new report from researchers at the Urban Institute and CHIR released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation explores state actions to encourage or require participation on exchanges, and early indications of the level of competition among health insurers. Kevin Lucia highlights some of the findings from the report. Continue reading

Diving Deep on Two New Rate Studies

With the Affordable Care Act’s most significant reforms going into effect in 2014, attention has increasingly turned to the price tag for consumers. Following last week’s release of not one but two analyses on projected health insurance premiums in 2014, the issue is receiving headlines once again. Christine Monahan and Katie Keith report on the major findings from these two analyses and the significant distinctions between them. Continue reading

State of the States: Trends from 10 Key States

Today, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released four new cross-cutting reports prepared by the Urban Institute and CHIR on trends in 10 key states regarding the early market reforms, state insurance exchange development, rate review, and plan participation and competition within the exchange. Katie Keith provides an overview of these reports and their findings. Continue reading