Affordable Care Act

With Health Policy Lemons, Florida Advocates Make Lemonade: Protecting Consumers From Unfair Surprise Medical Bills

Policy and Research Director Laura Brennaman, PhD, RN, guest blogged this week for Community Catalyst about CHAIN’s work to protect Floridians from surprise medical bills. Governor Scott last month signed HB 221 into law effectively ending balance billing for consumers. Take a read of Dr. Brennaman’s blog below. Despite political opposition to the Affordable Care Act at […]

CHAIN Presents to Seniors on Florida Health Landscape

Dr. Laura Brennaman, Florida CHAIN’s Policy and Research Director, presented to the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center regarding the 2016 legislative session and the landscape of Florida health care. Dr. Brennaman discussed issues including the Medicaid coverage gap, balance billing, and, among others, the Affordable Care Act. Additionally, Dr. Brennaman weighed in on legislative efforts in the […]

Fact Sheet: Close The Coverage Gap 2016

Click here to download this PDF on closing the coverage gap for Floridians in 2016.

Op-Ed: Health Care Plan Saves Money, Lives

By Dr. Lawrence P. Floriani The prestigious New England Journal of Medicine examined the effects of Medicaid vs. no insurance on a Medicaid-eligible population and found that those with no insurance had a 6 percent higher early mortality rate than those with Medicaid. In Florida, that means at least three and possibly more premature deaths occur every […]

Miami Herald: Feds Award $10M in Grants to Help Floridians Enroll for Obamacare

By Daniel Chang, The Miami Herald Federal healthcare officials on Wednesday announced nearly $10 million in grants to fund in-person counseling for eligible Floridians to enroll for health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act exchange. The grants announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will help Florida-based and national organizations hire and […]

CHAIN’s Brennaman: Expanding Medicaid Could Help Florida’s Finances

Florida will have more federal money to reimburse health care providers for care they provide uninsured patients if the state accepts federal funding for Medicaid expansion, says Florida CHAIN’s Policy & Research Director Laura Brennaman, PhD, RN. Dr. Brennaman told WMNF’s Sean Kinane that the federal government’s 60-day extension to spend about $166 million to fund […]

Essential Health Benefits Overview

Introduced by the Affordable Care Act, Essential Health Benefits (EHB) are a set of ten health care service categories that certain health plans must cover. In February 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a Final Rule, which finalized changes to the EHB standard. This month’s National Health Law Program Health Advocate […]

Florida Leads Obamacare Enrollment

By Gray Rohrer, The Orlando Sentinel Nearly 944,000 people signed up for health care through federal exchanges during the latest enrollment period, which ran from Feb. 23 to June 30, with the largest number coming from Florida, according to data released Friday by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Sunshine State residents accounted for […]

Essential Health Benefits Update and Advocacy Opportunities

On February 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued regulations that finalized changes to the Essential Health Benefits (EHB) standard of the Affordable Care Act. The National Health Law Program’s fact sheet provides an overview of the original rules, changes being made to EHB standards by way of this rule, and an overview of […]

Health Care Wins at the Supreme Court!

Following a 2-year distraction from the essential task of covering all Americans with high quality, affordable health insurance, in its King v Burwell decision the Supreme Court resoundingly upheld the Affordable Care Act’s premium tax subsidies availability in all states.  This is the second time the Supreme Court has upheld the ACA over unfounded challenges […]