Health Care

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Building a Better Health Care Marketplace

Policy Brief #5: Driving Quality and Cost Improvements through the Exchange: A health care exchange that pools its enrollees’ bargaining power will help give consumers a better deal on their coverage, but it will need to do more to get the unsustainable rise in health care costs under control.

Report | TexPIRG | Health Care

Building a Better Health Care Marketplace

Policy Brief #4: Ensuring Exchange Stability and Protecting Against Adverse Selection: The idea of creating health insurance purchasing pools, like those called for in the Affordable Care Act, is not a new one. In the past, many states have experimented with creating such pools, and their experience has shown that mechanisms like the exchange can succeed at improving choice and holding down costs.

News Release | TexPIRG | Health Care

A Year After the ACA, State Legislature Holds the Key to Lower Costs

A year after the passage of the new federal health care law, fierce political debate continues, but here in Texas, provisions of the law are beginning to help consumers and businesses. Small business are claiming tax credits to help them cope with the rising cost of coverage, and families won’t see their adult children kicked off the family health insurance plan just because they graduate from college or turn 21.

Report | TexPIRG | Health Care

Building a Better Health Care Marketplace

Policy Brief #3: Spotlight on Small Business: While many Americans struggle with the rising costs and eroding quality of health care, the plight of small businesses stands out – lacking the advantages possessed by larger businesses, they face unique challenges.

Report | TexPIRG | Health Care

Building a Better Health Care Marketplace

Policy Brief #2: Negotiating for a Better Deal: A well-made state exchange can help deliver lower costs for individuals and small businesses. Just as big businesses negotiate with insurers, using the bargaining power of their employees to push for lower premiums, so too can exchange enrollees benefit from a muscular exchange that negotiates on their behalf for better choices and lower costs.

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Bipartisan Health Care Fix Wins Obama Endorsement

The bipartisan Empowering States to Innovate Act (S. 248), which enables states to develop inventive policy solutions to the rising costs and dysfunctional insurance markets that plague our health care system, is a win-win for consumers and small businesses in states across the country.

News Release | TexPIRG | Health Care

Effective State Exchange Key to Lower Health Costs for Texas Consumers

Texas policy-makers can address rising health care costs by implementing an effective health insurance exchange, according to the first in a new series of policy briefs released today by consumer advocacy group TexPIRG.

Report | TexPIRG | Health Care

Building a Better Health Care Marketplace

Policy Brief #1: Ensuring Accountability: The opportunity to create a state exchange will allow Texas to increase competition and improve choices in our insurance market. However, to fully realize this opportunity, the exchange must be accountable to the public, and the individual and small business consumers who will buy their coverage through it.

News Release | TexPIRG | Health Care

Senate Defeats Health Care Repeal

Opponents of last year's health care reform law were defeated in the Senate today in their attempt to attach a health care repeal amendment to a bill about the Federal Aviation Administration. Passage of the repeal amendment would have driven health care costs for American consumers and businesses sky-high.

News Release | TexPIRG | Health Care

Ruling on Health Care Lawsuit Threatens to Burden Consumers with Higher Costs

Consumers and small businesses would face significantly higher insurance premiums, if higher courts ultimately uphold Judge's Vinson ruling to reverse last year's federal health care law

 

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