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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 01:06 PM
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House GOP targeting key health reform component, the medical loss ratio

House GOP targeting key health reform component, the medical loss ratio

by Joan McCarter

The House GOP knows that while they have enough members to vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act this week, the effort dies in the Senate. Even if it could get through the Senate, it would be vetoed by President Obama. So they're working on individual pieces to chip away at the provisions of the bill, including a critical one that went into effect January 1: requiring that insurers spend at least 80 percent of the premium dollars they take in on actual health services, rather than overhead or profits.

Republican Conference Secretary John Carter (R-Texas) is trying to build momentum for a Congressional Review Act (CRA) challenge to a recent regulation that requires insurers to spend at least 80 percent of their premium dollars (85 percent in the large group market) on healthcare services....

Carter used the annual Republican retreat this past weekend to try to generate support for a CRA challenge to the so-called medical loss ratio (MLR) requirements for insurers, spokesman John Stone told The Hill.

On Wednesday, Carter reintroduced a resolution disapproving of the MLR requirements, which were published in November. The requirements aligned closely with recommendations made by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners....

By pledging to repeal health reform, House Republicans would eliminate this important protection and allow insurance companies to continue unlimited spending on CEO bonuses, profits and lobbying and less on patients health care, said Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) in November after the MLR regulations were issued.

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This one in particular would do just what Rep. Stark says it would--protect insurance company profits rather than patients. Procedurally, we'll probably be seeing a lot of the CRA over the coming months, on the issue of health reform and financial reform, as the GOP House works on dismantling the last two years of work.


New health care law provisions that kicked in January 1
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yourout Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 01:31 PM
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1. This whole mess could have been avoided with a Medicare buy-in.
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 01:40 PM
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2. What mess:
Edited on Mon Jan-17-11 01:40 PM by ProSense
Republicans wanting to repeal the health care law?

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Vinca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-18-11 08:51 AM
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3. IMO, if they had opened Medicare to all immediately there would
be so many people on the rolls right now the Republicans wouldn't bother with this exercise. One of the biggest problems with the bill is the time lag before the majority of people see any benefits.
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-18-11 09:13 AM
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4. If
they had passed single payer, but that was not going to happen. It didn't happen.

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