Healthcare News


New Compassionate Allowances Conditions for Social Security

On Friday, January 17th, 2014, Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, announced 25 new Compassionate Allowances conditions, including a dozen cancers, bringing the total number of conditions to 225.


Encouraging the FDA to support a system of distinguishable names for biosimilars

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the Alpha-1 Association, the Alpha-1 Foundation and other community partners recently signed onto a letter to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs recently encouraging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to support a system of distinguishable names for biosimilars.


Fast Tracking Medicaid Enrollment

A handful of states – Arkansas, Illinois, Oregon and West Virginia – are among the first to pick up a powerful new tool for facilitating Medicaid enrollment.


The health law takes effect: A consumer's guide

Starting Jan. 1, central provisions of the Affordable Care Act kick in, allowing many uninsured Americans to afford health insurance. The landmark law still faces heavy opposition.


PCIP coverage ends December 31, 2013

Coverage through the federal Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) ends December 31, 2013. You must take action by December 15 to avoid a coverage gap.


The Affordable Care Act and the Shifting Landscape of Health Care

The prospect of navigating our country's new health care reform changes can be daunting. Yet fortunately, many Alphas (and many more via E-Education) were recently given an informative overview of some of the issues important to individuals with chronic conditions by a deeply entrenched health care reform expert and staunch patient advocate.


Nearly 6 in 10 uninsured Americans can pay less than $100 per month for coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace

A new report released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows that 56 percent, or nearly six in ten of the people who don’t have health insurance today may be able to get coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace for less than $100 per month.


State Based Marketplace References

In case you haven't heard, big changes are coming in October 2013. Big changes for a lot of people. The Affordable Care Act is expected to help increase access to health care. Health insurance exchanges will be an important part of that.


Understanding the Health Care Changes on the Horizon

Check out the New Animated Video: "The YouToons Get Ready For Obamacare" by the Kaiser Family Foundation. This is just one of many resources on the Foundation's website to help the American public better understand health care reform.


Introduction of key healthcare provision delayed

The main provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will take effect one year later than planned. Employers now have until 2015 to extend healthcare benefits to their employees. The move has been seen as a major concession to retailers and other businesses, but it puts off the law's aim of giving coverage to nearly 50 million Americans without health insurance. It also raises questions over whether other elements of the bill will be implemented on schedule.


Be Prepared for Changes in Health Care

Be prepared Understanding your health care is important because it can help you get timely medical care and improves their lives and health. There are some new changes that you should know about.


A Simpler Way to Apply for Health Care

The HHS's Healthcare application has been simplified and significantly shortened. The application for individuals is three pages, and the application for families is reduced by two-thirds, to seven pages. This is much shorter than industry standards for health insurance applications today.


Healthcare Hearings Scheduled as Congressional Recess Ends

Both House and Senate groups have scheduled hearings relating to implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)


An Essential Health Benefits Package that Helps Patients

The patient community is still anxiously awaiting the release of regulations that define the essential health benefits (EHB) package, which is a set of minimum health services that all insurance plans sold in health care exchanges must cover.


HHS rolls out new exchange establishment grants in wake of U.S. Supreme Court ruling

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) followed the U.S. Supreme Court with an announcement that it will provide ten additional opportunities for states to apply for federal exchange establishment grants and/or partner with the federal government on exchange.


A Monumental Step Toward the Development of Treatments Americans With Rare Diseases

On July 9th, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Safety and Innovation Act was signed by President Barak Obama. It includes the most groundbreaking measures for rare disease patients and their families since the Orphan Drug Act of 1983.


Home Medical Equipment and the Affordable Care Act

Within the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the expansion of the competitive bidding program and other Home Medical Equipment related provisions were upheld by the United States Supreme Court.


Implementation on the State Health Exchanges

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld all of the provisions the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which will now be fully implemented as planned in 2014. This ruling is a victory for those with rare and chronic disorders. The decision upheld the expansion of all Medicaid programs, but only if states could opt out of the expansion and more.


The Alpha-1 Foundation and Alpha-1 Association issue a statement on the Supreme Court's ruling of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

The Alpha-1 Foundation and Alpha-1 Association have championed legislation that improves access to care for people with health conditions related to Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, especially liver disease and lung diseases such as COPD.