Affordable Care Act

Understanding Health Insurance Rate Filings…in Florida

Click here to download Greg Mellowe’s presentation on Health Insurance Rate filings in Florida.

Rate-Filing Season in the Marketplace: What You Need to Know

Get ready to hear even more over the next few months about the extent to which health insurance rates are supposedly rising under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Here’s a brief rundown of some of the realities with which you may want to be familiar as that conversation unfolds in Florida: Reports of widespread, massive […]

2014 Florida Legislature’s Health Care Legacy: Inaction, Irresponsibility

When the Florida Legislature adjourned its 2014 session earlier this month, the primary health care-related “accomplishment” it could claim was its decision to blatantly disregard Florida’s families, businesses and economy for purely political purposes. (Download PDF of  The 2014 Legislature’s Health Care Legacy: Inaction,  Irresponsibility  here) Sheer Force of Will Shuts Down Discussion and Blocks […]

Florida woman is twice a victim: Breast cancer and state legislators

Like millions of Floridians with failing health and no insurance, Denise Wade, 46, of Lake County, could literally lose her life as legislators persist in their refusal to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid. Once a successful career woman with a healthy 401k retirement fund, Denise has been facing a series of health care crises […]

Small Business Health Options Program Overview and Materials

Want to learn more about the Affordable Care Act’s Small Business Health Options Program? CMS has now posted a new May version of its SHOP Overview slides on that includes information and links to its two new online SHOP tools: the SHOP FTE Calculator, which can help small employers learn if they may be […]

Affordable Care Act Tax Provisions Questions and Answers

The IRS has released a new set of FAQs to respond to some of the most frequently asked questions from employers about shared responsibility, seasonal worker coverage, minimum value, and small business healthcare tax credits. These new FAQs can be accessed, along with existing FAQs, from the Q&A index page, which is indexed by topic. […]

Factsheet: The Affordable Care Act and College Grads

Click here to download this PDF on College Graduates and the Affordable Care Act

Young graduate student needs access to health care

Menat applied to the Health Insurance Marketplace in December 2013. She was deemed ineligible for the Marketplace due to her low income, leaving any full-price plan unaffordable. Menat is a full-time graduate student studying speech language pathology at a large university in Florida. She has been uninsured for over two years and lost access to […]

Dual citizen plans to return to England after struggling with US healthcare system

Suzanne Clark is a dual citizen of the US and England. Until the last several years, she lived in New York, where she enjoyed employment that included health insurance. She had no idea that moving to Florida would make it such a struggle to obtain healthcare. She’s decided to move back to England and lives […]

Understanding State Medicaid Enrollment Numbers and What They Tell Us About the ACA Rollout

State Medicaid enrollment reports show that about 90,000 more Floridians were enrolled in Medicaid in February 2014 than in September 2013, five months earlier and just prior to the start of the open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace. While this represents an increase of 2.7%, which is somewhat smaller than expected, a number of factors contribute […]