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Friday
Jul312015

CareFirst beats projections by $345 million

CareFirst deserves credit for thisbut here's another reason to deny their rate hike.

Thursday
Jul302015

Get Engaged!!

Register now for our 2nd Annual Engagement Party -- Friday, September 25.  Once again we will be at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Annapolis.  You won't want to miss this. Click here for more information, download the agenda, and register here.

Thursday
Jul232015

HHS Pushes States To Negotiate Lower Obamacare Rates

Let's hope Maryland's Insurance Commissioner sees this article in Kaiser Health News - it supports the Coalition's argument that CareFirst's proposed rates are unjustified. Expect the approved rates to be announced in early to mid August. Keep an eye out for the breaking news right here!

Monday
Jul202015

Medicaid Redetermination Fact Sheet

Medicaid recipients must renew their eligibility once every 12 months. This process is also known as getting a “redetermination”. Renewals for most Medicaid recipients will now be processed in Maryland Health Connection. Recipients who must renew their eligibility using Maryland Health Connection will receive a letter in the mail with instructions on how to renew their benefits. To help them prepare for that process, Medicaid has issued this useful Medicaid Redetermination Fact Sheet . In fact, here is one specifically designed for SUD Populations.

Thursday
Jul162015

Get Engaged and Give!

For almost 10 years your Coalition has been here for you - with information, resources, conferences, webinars, member reform update calls and more.  All to support our shared goal to advance health equity through access to high-quality, comprehensive and affordable health care for all Marylanders.

Read our Case Statement - you will see, we have much to be proud of, but there is much more to be done. OSI-B recognized this and it will match your donation dollar for dollar. So, now is the time to show your support.  

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Wednesday
Jul012015

2016 Insurance Rates

The Maryland Insurance Administration posted the proposed rates for 2016 health insurance plans. Three carriers proposed rate decreases -- All Savers/United Healthcare; Cigna; and United Healthcare of the Mid-Atlantic.  Three carriers proposed increases - CareFirst's were the highest ranging from 27% to 30% across three plans. 

The Coalition and 22 other organizations submitted comments to the MIA.  Included was a detailed analysis of proposed rates for CareFirst.  This was prepared by Jay Angoff of Mehri & Skalet, the first director of the HHS Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight.

Read our Op Ed in the Baltimore Sun submitted with Carmela Coyle, President & CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association.

A recently released report from Express Scripts supports our contention that CareFirst’s proposed rates are too high.   The findings show that younger and healthier people purchased plans in 2015.  We would expect that to continue in 2016.  That would lower the projected costs used by CareFirst to determine their rates.