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Friday, 17 May 2019 12:47

Healthcare Bills on the Governor’s Desk

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While the legislative session in early 2019 included proposals in civil rights, economic security, and educational programs, there was also a large focus on healthcare initiatives. Coloradans continue to express concern about the affordability and access to quality healthcare coverage, and the state legislators believe they are making important strides…
Friday, 10 May 2019 11:27

Not All Surprises are Good

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Over the past year, Fall River has seen an increase in a provider practice called “surprise medical billing” or “balance-billing.” Out-of-network providers will bill the patient even though they were seen at an in-network hospital and had no choice in who they were treated by. We have been anxiously awaiting…
Friday, 03 May 2019 10:23

Colorado HR Legislative Update

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Guest Article by Michele J. Wagner, SHRM-SCP The Colorado Legislature adjourned its 72nd session May 3, 2019, passing numerous bills affecting Colorado employers and employees. As of this writing, these bills were passed by the Legislature and sent to Governor Polis for signature. Below is a summary of the bills…
Friday, 26 April 2019 13:43

Hospital Price Transparency

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Beginning in 2020, the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing will be required to report annual uncompensated costs and expenditure by using data submitted by hospitals. Governor Jared Polis signed the law as part of the bigger goal to reduce health care costs.
Among the multitude of healthcare bills Colorado’s legislators have been debating this session is HB19-1168, the State Innovation Waiver Reinsurance Program. The proposal would authorize Colorado to request federal approval to implement a state-run reinsurance program aimed at reducing individual premium costs in the healthcare marketplace.
Medicare for All is a universal health care model (also known as single-payer plan) which has been developed and promoted in the past few years by Senator Bernie Sanders. This latest version is even broader, with the intent being to help more Americans access health care, especially those that are…
Friday, 08 February 2019 14:10

Trump Proposes a Big Change to Prescription Rebates

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In late January, the Trump Administration proposed a substantial change to the way prescription drug rebates operate under Medicare Part D and Medicaid. While proponents argue that the change would help to lower consumers’ out-of-pocket costs for prescriptions, insurers warn that it would do the very opposite.
A federal judge in Texas released his long-awaited decision last Friday in the lawsuit brought by a coalition of Republican State Attorneys General and Governors challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. We first discussed the lawsuit here in September when the judge was hearing arguments.
In federal policy news, the midterm elections are (nearly) over, with a new Democrat-led US House of Representatives and a Republican-led Senate set to be seated for the first time on January 3. North Carolina’s 9th District US Representative will be noticeably absent from the new Congress as investigations continue…
A Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) is an employer-established account that allows them to reimburse a portion of the member’s out-of-pocket costs, usually while meeting the deductible on their health plan. Under the current regulations established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, HRAs are only allowed in conjunction with…
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