Category: Health Care

Consumers Council of Missouri Offers Health Insurance Rate Review Guide

ST. LOUIS, Mo., May 19, 2015 -- Consumers Council of Missouri has released it guide to helping Missourians review health insurance rates in order to make an important aspect of health care more transparent and accountable.  The state of Missouri has no law requiring health insurance companies to even file their rates much less have them reviewed or analyzed. The federal Affordable Care Act provides that the Department of Health and Human Services do rate review in states that ha ...

Data Revealing Higher Insurance Rates in Missouri Too Late to Help, CCM Says

Inside Health Policy, November 20, 2014 The executive director of the Missouri consumer advocacy group that had filed action against HHS for failing to provide information on issuers' proposed rate increases called the department's recent release of premium data too little too late, and said she remains disappointed with the department. HHS did release some of the information but did so in a non-user friendly manner, using spreadsheets instead of forms that are difficult to revi ...

Editorial: Undermining Obamacare Won’t Hide Its Success

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 6, 2014 As part of their guerrilla war on Obamacare, Missouri lawmakers not only have failed to pass Medicaid expansion, but have forbidden state insurance regulators from reviewing proposed prices and other details about health plans on the federal health exchange. That means thousands of Missourians must shop for coverage without the information they need to make informed decisions. What a terribly cynical and mean-spirited thing to do in ...

Consumers Council Sues to Make Public Health Insurance Rate Information

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 2, 2014 A Missouri consumer advocacy group is suing the federal government in an attempt to force the public disclosure of health insurance rate information ahead of the upcoming enrollment period. The Consumers Council of Missouri said it filed the lawsuit late Tuesday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis after its Freedom of Information Act request for the rate filings was denied by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ...

It’s Not Too Late to Get Covered

St. Lous Post-Dispatch, April 2, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not too late to get covered. A few routes remain open for those who missed the health care law's big enrollment deadline. Millions may be eligible for a second chance to sign up for subsidized insurance this year. And people who get coverage after the deadline can still avoid, or at least reduce, the fine for going uninsured. Here are five options for those still without insurance: ___ 1. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ...

Forum to Discuss Health Care Finance Beyond the Affordable Care Act

You Are Invited: Health Care Finance Beyond the Affordable Care Act: Missouri and Single Payer Thursday, March 6, 2014 6:30 - 8:30 PM Central Reform Congregation 5020 Waterman Boulevard St. Louis MO 63108 Despite the ACA’s many vital reforms of the health insurance industry, fundamental problems remain.  Professor Gerald Friedman, Ph.D., will discuss the merits and limits of the ACA, the problems going forward, and how single payer is the only way to control costs an ...

Judge Temporarily Blocks Missouri’s Restrictions On Obamacare Navigators

Think Progress, January 23, 2014 A federal district court judge in Jefferson City has temporarily blocked enforcement of a state law that puts restrictions on individuals and organizations trying to help people sign up for health coverage under Obamacare. Obamacare uses so-called state navigators and enrollment counselors to assist Americans who are looking to buy health plans. These navigators include doctors, nonprofit organizations, social workers, and community groups. Th ...

Get the Latest Information on the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace

After opening three weeks ago, the new Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace website is steadily improving.  Missourians are starting to enroll in new, quality, affordable health insurance, many with financial help.  The website has experienced some difficulties, so please be patient and keep trying. Give it a try -- shop the Marketplace at www.healthcare.gov and make your way to Missouri. We know lots of people still have questions: What does it mean? How does it work? How c ...

Get Past Missouri Legislature’s Healthcare Roadblocks

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 9, 2013 By Joan Bray, Executive Director of Consumers Council of Missouri Nearly 500,000 uninsured Missourians got the opportunity, beginning last week, to do something extraordinary — get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Now they can add security and comfort to their lives, knowing they finally have medical care they can afford. And they will get it at reasonable cost because individuals and families earning incomes up to ...

Health Insurance Marketplace Opens

As of Tuesday, October 1, 2013, uninsured Missourians have a new way to buy health insurance: the Health Insurance Marketplace.  The Marketplace is designed to help you find health insurance that fits your budget, with less hassle. Make one application, one time, and you or your family can explore every qualified health insurance plan in your area of the state.  You may even be eligible for a zero dollar premium plan or a new kind of tax credit that lowers your monthly premium i ...

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