Three Ways States Can Refuse Health Insurance Exchanges

Three Ways States Can Refuse Health Insurance Exchanges
ST. PAUL, Minn. – By Friday, November 16, 2012, each state has been asked to submit, in writing, their intention with regard to a state health insurance exchange as outlined in the Obamacare plan. To date, three states have told the U.S. Department of Health and Human services, or HHS, that they will not implement an exchange, and with good reason. Public exchanges are cost prohibitive, with an estimated price tag of anywhere between $10 and $100 million per year to operate. 

Impact of Obama’s Re-election on Implementation of the ACA

Impact of Obama’s Re-election on Implementation of the ACA
ST. PAUL, Minn. – With the election behind us and President Obama elected to a second term in office, it is clear that his administration will be emboldened to finish the implementation of his quintessential first-term “achievement,” Obamacare, regardless of the cost, problems, or irreversible – and potentially devastating – changes it forces on the landscape of American medicine.

Just Say No to State Health Insurance Exchanges

Just Say No to State Health Insurance Exchanges
ST. PAUL, Minn. – With a looming deadline of Friday, November 16, many states are 
still determining whether to move forward with a state health insurance exchange. To 
date, only 15 states have declared a definite intent to proceed with such an exchange, and six others have declared opposition to a state exchange, and with good reason, according to the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom. 

CCHF Releases New Report: Private Health Insurance Exchanges Offer a Real Market

CCHF Releases New Report: Private Health Insurance Exchanges Offer a Real Market

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Citizens' Council for Health Freedom today released a new CCHF Policy Insight paper outlining the amazing growth in private health insurance exchanges, as well as the benefits of private versus government-run ACA exchanges. Authored by industry expert and CCHF Senior Policy Fellow Greg Scandlen, the new report discusses the significant growth and benefits of private health insurance exchanges.

CCHF Predicts Patient Difficulty in Accessing Care

CCHF Predicts Patient Difficulty in Accessing Care

As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to be implemented, patient privacy is one of the most oft-noted concerns as data is forced online, but the law’s impact on patient access to care is critical. The Citizens' Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) predicts, based on the results of a new study, that patients will have difficulty accessing medical care.

Stop Pushing Health Data Online, It Doesn’t Reduce Costs or Improve Care

Stop Pushing Health Data Online, It Doesn’t Reduce Costs or Improve Care

ST. PAUL, Minn. –Michael Grunwald recently wrote in Healthcare IT News that health IT was one of the most transformative programs promoted by President Obama’s $27 billion Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health – or HITECH – Act within the Recovery Act. By computerizing medical data under the guise of cost control and improved healthcare delivery, the U.S. government has been able to implement what HHS Secretary Sebelius called the “foundation” for Obamacare. 

New Virtual "Baby DNA" Repository Enables New Breaches in Privacy and Rights

New Virtual 'Baby DNA' Repository Enables New Breaches in Privacy and Rights

ST. PAUL, Minn. – In yet another federal over-reach that breaches parental rights, the Newborn Screening Translational Research Network (NBSTRN) announced last week that it had developed a centralized, virtual, web-based repository of newborns’ DNA, obtained through dried blood spots. DNA samples are collected from infants at birth and often saved, stored, and used for research without the knowledge or consent of an infant’s parents.

Lawsuit Against IRS Highlights Government Overreach of Affordable Care Act

Lawsuit Against IRS Highlights Government Overreach of Affordable Care Act

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt filed an amended complaint to his lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act, alleging that a new IRS rule violates the Administrative Procedures Act and conflicts with the Affordable Care Act.

CCHF Urges States to Protect Citizens’ Health Information

CCHF Urges States to Protect Citizens’ Health Information

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced earlier this month it will not regulate the nationwide health information network, or NHIN, through formal rule-making, instead offering “a framework of principles and good practice models” to help guide deployment without hindering the implementation. The NHIN is designed to share patient health data among insurers and all types of health providers that an individual may seek treatment from. The nationwide network will interact with all state and individual provider networks, to....

CCHF to Present Written Testimony to U.S. House

CCHF to Present Written Testimony to U.S. House

ST. PAUL, Minn. – On Wednesday, September 12, 2012, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means and its subcommittee on health will hold a hearing to learn more about the state implementation of health insurance exchanges. The Committee outlined in a hearing advisory that, without final guidelines from the Obama Administration on such issues as mandated benefits packages, expected enrollee costs, and other exchange-related information, uncertainty “threatens to saddle stakeholders with higher costs and also increases the risk of waste, fraud, and abuse.