Tag Archives: consumer protection

  • Friday, August 23, 9 am – 10:30 am More than half of all states have enacted some level of legal protections against “surprise” balance medical bills and Congress is now considering a federal approach to address this issue. This session highlights states with enacted surprise billing protections at various stages of implementation, and their approaches […]

    June 21, 2019 | Filed under: 2019 Conference
  • As Congress and the Trump Administration propose strategies to address surprise balance billing – charges for unexpected, out-of-network medical care – states have significant experience in implementing surprise billing laws that can inform the discussion. Importantly, state authority cannot protect individuals covered by self-insured plans, which are pre-empted by Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA,) […]

    May 28, 2019 | Filed under: Front Page, Payment Reform, State Health Policy Blog
  • Thursday, August 16th 3:30pm – 5:00pm State agencies and legislatures are becoming increasingly active in their efforts to curb large and unpredictable prescription drug cost increases that make coverage unaffordable for consumers and state budgets. Areas of focus include: Regulating pharmacy benefit managers; Requiring manufacturer drug price transparency; Prohibiting price-gouging; Establishing drug cost review commissions […]

    April 20, 2018 | Filed under: 2018 Conference
  • Q&A with Pennsylvania’s Insurance Chief: Jessica Altman Explores the Evolving Role of Insurance Coverage

    In late March, Jessica Altman became Pennsylvania’s insurance commissioner, responsible for protecting consumers in the fifth-largest insurance market in the United States and the 14th-largest in the world. Altman, who is vice chair of the National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) Health Care Access and Finance Steering Committee, helped implement the Affordable Care Act […]

    April 10, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Pennsylvania