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High health care costs – along with the common practice of charging higher insurance premiums based on sex – leave many lower-income women with no or inadequate health insurance, little access to health services, and risk for economic ruin if they or a family member fall ill.
One of the most important issues that states face as they draft health insurance exchange legislation is who will govern the exchange. Although multiple parties have an interest in the competitive insurance market that exchanges will create, the primary goal of the exchanges is to serve health insurance consumers.
The undersigned consumer organizations are members of the Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) and the Campaign for Better Care (CBC). The CPeH is a coalition of consumer, patient, and labor organizations working on both the national and local levels that, since 2005, has advocated for patient-centered policies related to health IT.
The Affordable Care Act calls on states to review unreasonable health insurance rate increases to protect consumers and small businesses from unfair, discriminatory hikes in their premium costs. The National Partnership wrote to the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure that this important protection apply evenly across all small businesses up to 100 employees and not defer to state definitions which may restrict its application to only groups with fewer than 25 or 50 employees.
I am writing to ask you to protect women and families in your district by opposing repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In recent years, my colleagues and I have talked to countless women across this country who struggle mightily in a health care system fraught with delays, discrimination, and denials of care.
The Affordable Care Act calls for the creation of a comprehensive and coordinated National Prevention Strategy. The National Partnership believes that the National Prevention Strategy can play a vital role in moving our country toward a health model based on wellness, but urge the federal government to recognize the importance of sexual health as an essential, integral component of overall health and incorporate reproductive and sexual health into the National Prevention Strategy.
In conjunction with Childbirth Connection, the National Partnership submitted comments on priorities for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) pediatric quality measures program. Through CHIP, the country has the opportunity to focus national resources and attention on performance measurement in the realm of child health care, including the promotion of healthy birth.
Health Risk Assessments (HRAs) can play an important role in supporting effective primary care. With appropriate protections in place, HRAs can be useful tools that engage patients and their caregivers in their health care.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the greatest advance for women’s health in a generation. It promises an end to the days when millions of women went without health insurance – or struggled to afford coverage as premiums skyrocketed based on nothing more than our gender, age or illness.
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the measurement concepts prioritized by the HIT Policy Committee’s Quality Measures Workgroup. An essential step towards achieving the National Quality Strategy’s goals of improved health of the population, better experiences of care for patients and their families, and slowing of cost growth is the ability to measure the dimensions of quality contributing most significantly to these outcomes.
We appreciate this opportunity to provide comment to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) on Personal Health Records and related emerging technologies (collectively referred to here as “PHRs”). These comments are submitted on behalf of the Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH), a coalition of national and local consumer, patient and labor organizations that, since 2005, has served as a strong and diverse consumer voice advocating for patient-centered policies related to health information technology.
The National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council, chaired by the Surgeon General, released a draft framework for the National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy. The National Prevention Strategy will guide the Council in developing more specific recommendations, action steps, and strategies to improve the health and quality of life for all Americans.
We are writing to express our concerns about the Health Claims Data Warehouse (the “Warehouse”) announced by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in the Federal Register on Oct. 5, 2010.
The Affordable Care Act calls on states to establish new consumer-friendly health insurance marketplaces, referred to as exchanges. If implemented effectively, exchanges can be a trusted, independent resource where women and families can assess plans based on cost, quality, the provider network, and comprehensiveness of benefits.
The Affordable Care Act broadens and strengthens a consumer’s right to appeal decisions made by her health plan, for example refusing to pay claims for a treatment or service. Although we strongly support efforts to ensure that patients have access to a full and fair appeals process, we are concerned that the new rules raise significant privacy concerns that may impinge upon patients’ rights to confidentiality of their medical information.
Beginning September 23, 2010, all new health plans must cover certain preventive services, such as mammograms and colonoscopies, without charging a deductible, co-pay or coinsurance. We joined forces with other consumer advocacy and labor organizations to offer recommendations to the Administration on how to strengthen and clarify the rules implementing this important new benefit.
The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), through its Health Privacy Project, promotes comprehensive privacy and security policies to protect health data as information technology is increasingly used to support the exchange of health information. CDT, along with those listed at the end of this letter, submits these comments in response to the July 7, 2010 notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) issued by the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights.
The Affordable Care Act includes a number of important new consumer protections, commonly referred to as “The Patients Bill of Rights.” These protections will, beginning this year, provide children with pre-existing conditions access to coverage, and in 2014 provide all people with access to coverage regardless of their health status; ensure that coverage continues to protect people who face serious and costly illnesses by restricting and eventually eliminating annual and lifetime dollar limits; prevent abusive retroactive cancellations of coverage; help people choose providers that will ensure continuous and coordinated care; and improve coverage for people who face an emergency and must obtain treatment out-of-network.
The undersigned organizations are members of the Consumer Partnership for e-Health (CPeH), a coalition of consumer, patient, and labor organizations working on both the national and local levels that, since 2005, has served as a strong and diverse consumer voice advocating for patient-centered policies related to health information technology (HIT). We submit these comments in response to the request for information (RFI) on the implementation of the modifications to the HIPAA Privacy Rule’s Accounting of Disclosures provisions required by Title XIII, Subtitle D of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
Under the Affordable Care Act, plans existing on or before March 23, 2010 may qualify for “grandfathered status” and not be subject to many of the new insurance market reforms, like coverage of preventive health benefits without cost sharing and strengthened internal and external appeals processes.
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