John David Lewis died January 3rd after a heroic battle against cancer. He was a relentless advocate of healthcare freedom and the morality of the free market.
(HT Freedom and Individual rights in Medicine)
Future Ins and Outs
1 week ago
In honor of heath care freedom and the doctor-patient relationship
The Department of Health and Human Services should take whatever immediate actions are available to the Department to mitigate the adverse effects the MLR rule is having on the ability of insurance producers to serve the demands and needs of consumers and to more appropriately classify independent producer compensation in the final PPACA MLR rule. The potential options available to HHS include: (1) approving state MLR adjustment requests; (2) placing an immediate hold on implementation and enforcement of the MLR requirements relative to independent agent and broker compensation; and (3) considering the NAIC’s finding that a significant portion of insurance producer activities are dedicated to consumer advocacy and service and therefore classifying an appropriate portion of producer compensation as a health care quality expense for purposes of Section 2718 of the PPACA.
"The proposal shall not include any recommendation to ration health care, raise revenues or Medicare beneficiary premiums under section 1818, 1818A, or 1839, increase Medicare beneficiary costsharing (including deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments), or otherwise restrict benefits or modify eligibility criteria. [Emphasis added] Pub. L. 111-148, § 3403"