Word from Washington: November 2022

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Midterm elections are mostly wrapped up as November draws to a close. The race between Sen. Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker heads to a runoff in early December, but regardless of the outcome in that contest, control of the U.S. Senate remains – narrowly – with the Democrats. Control of the House of Representatives, by […]

Open Enrollment For Insurance Plans Begins Again

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Open enrollment is a time frame each year when health insurance plans are required by law to accept applications from new plan enrollees regardless of their health history. This also is the time when you can choose to stay with your existing health plan if it is the right one for you. Open enrollment dates […]

34 Patient Groups: Preservation of protections is an important win – but critical work remains

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Thirty-four patient organizations representing millions of people living with serious and chronic health conditions issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act: “Patients across the country are finally breathing a sigh of relief. For years, they’ve faced uncertainty about the future of the landmark law that’s enabled millions of […]

Word from Washington: HFA Joins with 32 Other Patient Groups Urging Policymakers to Adopt a “Patient-First” Policy Agenda

A coalition of 33 organizations representing millions of people with pre-existing conditions today released a blueprint listing their top health care priorities for the next Administration. The report elevates the collective voices of patients and urges elected officials to ensure all people living in the United States, including those with pre-existing conditions, have access to […]

Word From Washington: Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, Supplement Security Income & Medicaid

HFA has received several questions regarding whether the enhanced unemployment benefits that the federal government provides during the national coronavirus emergency could adversely impact people who have Medicaid coverage by virtue of the fact that they receive disability benefits under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. SSI recipients are allowed to work in limited situations.  If […]

Patient Groups Applaud Supreme Court’s Decision to Take Up Health Care Case

On March 2, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear an appeal from the Fifth Circuit ruling in Texas v. United States, a case challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.In earlier phases of that litigation, a federal district court and an appellate court had ruled that the ACA’s individual mandate […]

Word From Washington: Surprise Medical Billing & SC Medicaid Work Requirements

HFA joined with other national patient and consumer groups to issue a number of statements on important health policy topics this week. HFA and 26 other national groups applauded news of a bipartisan agreement on surprise medical billing between the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce […]

Word From Washington: District Court Upholds Rule about Short-Term Limited Health Plans

District Court Ruling Upholding Short-Term Health Insurance Rule Could Make Comprehensive Coverage Unaffordable; Leave Many UncoveredPatient groups representing millions of Americans with serious health conditions are voicing concern about access to affordable, comprehensive health coverage after U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon today upheld an administration rule expanding access to short-term limited-duration (STLD) health plans. The […]