Surprise Balance Billing
States are taking the lead to address surprise balance bills – charges for unexpected, out-of-network medical care – by enacting consumer protection laws that range from strict requirements for network service disclosures to outright bans on balance billing in certain circumstances. NASHP is tracking state efforts to mitigate surprise billing and analyze the outcomes of these measures.
As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc across the country and daily case counts exceed 150,000, many states are working to confront long-standing racial and ethnic disparities that the pandemic is laying bare. While states are taking immediate action to address the health and economic consequences of the pandemic and preparing to distribute vaccines, their new […]
Nonprofit hospitals can be important partners for states in promoting community health, especially through their community benefit investments. Montana’s Legislative Audit Division recently completed a report that calculated the total tax exemptions and community benefit spending by its 47 nonprofit hospitals and found they had no real impact on the health of Montanans.
President-elect Biden has pledged to build on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to provide more insurance choices, reduce costs, and make the health care system less complex and more accessible.
To make sure hospitals’ community benefit investments address community and state health goals, many states are working to ensure that hospitals are held accountable and their investments truly improve community health and advance equity.
Last week, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of California v. Texas about the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate to purchase health insurance coverage, which some states are challenging because Congress eliminated the tax penalty associated with the mandate. Based on the justices’ questions during oral arguments, […]
As he launched his Covid-19 Task Force this week, President-elect Joe Biden moved quickly to turn his health care campaign promises into policies in preparation for entering the Oval Office in January. In addition to ending the pandemic, Biden plans to build on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by expanding access to and affordability of […]
Amid intense scrutiny of 2020 Presidential election results, little attention has been paid to health-related state ballot initiatives. While COVID-19 limited citizens’ ability to collect signatures to get questions on the ballot, citizens and legislatures in nine states placed health care-related issues on their state ballots.
As the Supreme Court hears oral arguments today about the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the case of California vs. Texas, state-based health insurance marketplaces (SBMs) are actively connecting consumers to health insurance coverage during the annual open enrollment period that launched Nov. 1.