February 27, 2013 Leave a comment
Policy and Regulatory Insights in the Healthcare and Insurance Industries
February 27, 2013 Leave a comment
NCCI is pleased to announce the date for the 2013 District of Columbia State Advisory Forum will be October 2, 2013 at the Embassy Suites DC Convention Center.
The forum is designed to promote education and provide a greater understanding of both national and District of Columbia specific workers’ compensation issues. The forum will take place after NCCI’s May Annual Issues Symposiumbeing held in Orlando, Florida on May 16-17, 2013 in order to provide you with the most relevant and up-to-date information.
We will continue to focus on District of Columbia-specific information and speak in greater detail on:
At these forums, we encourage participation from the broadest cross section of the workers’ compensation community, such as:
The content of the forum is tailored to the District of Columbia specific data and market place. There is no charge to attend these forums, but reservations are required.
You can register by going to: https://www.ncci.com/nccimain/pages/framework.aspx?articleurl=/oarii/oar_authcheck.aspx&go_to=SAF
Experience the power of information. We look forward to seeing you there.
George A. Ortiz
State Relations Executive
National Council on
111 River Street, Suite 1202
Hoboken, New Jersey 07030
(P) 201-386-2624 (F) 561-893-5218
Chartered Health Plan sale could leave significant unpaid bills
By Mike DeBonis , Updated: February 22, 2013
The largest manager of heath care for low-income D.C. residents is on the cusp of finalizing a sale, but the transaction could leave tens of millions of dollars of medical bills in limbo.
Two officials familiar with the transaction but not authorized to speak publicly said Friday that court papers should be filed before day’s end notifying a judge that Chartered Health Plan’s assets will be sold to Philadelphia-based AmeriHealth Mercy. The terms of the sale were not immediately available, but AmeriHealth Mercy, which has been in talks with Chartered for months, is not expected to assume its liabilities, including unpaid medical claims that could total $40 million or more.
Chartered, owned by businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson, was placed in city receivership by insurance regulators last October and has been in the public eye since Thompson became embroiled in campaign finance investigations nearly a year ago. It manages the health care for about 110,000 D.C. residents.
The proceeds from the sale to AmeriHealth Mercy are not expected to cover the full cost of the unpaid claims, the officials said, leaving it unclear how providers — including local hospitals, clinics and doctors — will be paid for care they have provided.
Besides the sale proceeds, Chartered is hoping to recover income through a lawsuit against the city seeking reimbursement for what it considers illegally low Medicaid rates. But the city is fighting the lawsuit, and it is unclear how quickly the dispute might be settled. One of the officials said it is likely that medical providers will lobby the District government to pay the bills itself.
Michael Flagg, a spokesman for the city insurance department, declined to comment Friday morning. Wayne Turnage, the city health-care finance director, was not immediately available for comment.
|For Immediate Release
February 21, 2013
Contact: Kate Hartig
America Saves Week Encourages D.C. Residents to “Set a Goal, Make a Plan and Save Automatically”
Department Joins Bank on DC, Operation Hope, Capital Area Asset Builders and the D.C. Financial Literacy Council for Week-Long Savings Campaign
Washington, D.C. (Feb. 21. 2013) – The D.C. Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking is participating in America Saves Week from Feb. 25 to March 2 to encourage D.C. residents to build wealth through savings. The Consumer Federation of America and the American Savings Education Council organized the campaign to help people create savings plans, save more, reduce debt and build wealth.
Thirty percent of D.C. households do not have savings accounts, according to a recent Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. survey. In addition, 11 percent of D.C. households are “unbanked,” or have no bank accounts, and often rely on expensive check-cashing services.
“America Saves Week is a great opportunity to educate D.C. residents about the importance of saving and to let them know about the local financial resources available,” said William White, commissioner of the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking. “The department is pleased to partner with America Saves to help residents manage their financial future.”
During America Saves Week, the department and its partners will promote savings with free financial education workshops at nine DC Earned Income Tax Credit locations in the District and publicize savings strategies through social media. In addition, the District’s Financial Literacy Council will promote savings through public-service announcements and circulate information to their participating organizations. Bank on DC will assist residents in signing up for bank accounts and Capital Area Asset Builders and Operation Hope will host the following workshops, open to the public:
Capital Area Asset Builders and Operation Hope Workshops
Savings and Investing
Small Business Seminar
For more information on CAAB workshops, contact Linda Easley Stroman, Director of Financial Education, on (202) 419-1440 ext.109. For the Operation Hope seminar, call (202) 582-2212.
To learn more about America Saves Week and for additional savings tips, visit americasavesweek.org. Also, follow us on Twitter for more information at @DCDISB or our partners at @bankondc @OperationHope.
About the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking
The District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking has two missions: to fairly and efficiently regulate financial services in order to protect the people of the District of Columbia; and to attract and retain insurance, securities, banking and other financial-services businesses to the District. For more information, visit www.disb.dc.gov.
About Bank on DC
Bank on DC is a collaborative effort between District government, financial institutions, and non-profits whose mission is to provide mainstream access to financial services, products, and financial education to unbanked and under-banked households in the DC Metro Area. For more information about Bank on DC, visit www.bankondc.org.
About Capital Area Asset Builders
Capital Area Asset Builders puts people on the road to financial independence. Our programs help low and moderate income individuals and families improve their money management skills, increase their savings, and build wealth by investing wisely. Our goal is to create a community that provides everyone with incentives and opportunities to save for the future. Visit www.caab.org for more information.
About the District of Columbia Financial Literacy Council
The District of Columbia Financial Literacy Council was established by the DC Council through enactment of the Financial Literacy Council Establishment Act of 2008. The purpose of the council is to assist and advise the Mayor and the DC Council in promoting financial literacy to the city’s residents.
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February 19, 2013 Leave a comment
Forecast: 6.9 million to live in D.C. region by 2040
February 14, 2013 | 11:00 am | Modified: February 14, 2013 at 11:05 am
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Staff Reporter, D.C. City Hall
The Washington Examiner
Up to 1.7 million new residents are expected to flood the D.C. region within the next three decades, an updated analysis by local governments shows, but politicians and transit advocates are at odds about whether the area is prepared for the spike that could lead to even more gridlock on roadways.
The draft forecast from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments calls for the area’s population to climb to 6.9 million by 2040, about 131,000 residents more than the group previously estimated.
If the projections come to fruition, it would mean that the region would have grown by nearly one-third between 2010 and 2040.
"We see the strongest growth in the region’s suburbs," said Rosalynn Hughey, a D.C. planning official who helped prepare the forecast. "But we also see growth in the District."
Northern Virginia is expected to power much of the expansion, with the population of Fairfax County jumping by 288,000, the most of any jurisdiction in the region.
|Where they will live by 2040|
|Central jurisdictions (D.C., Alexandria and Arlington): 1.2 million|
|Inner suburbs (Cities of Fairfax, Falls Church, Gaithersburg and Rockville; counties of Fairfax, Montgomery and Prince George’s): 3.6 million|
|Outer suburbs (Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park; counties of Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford): 2.1 million|
|Source: Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments|
Arlington County is expected to log about 68,500 new residents, while Prince William and Loudoun counties together will see their populations climb by an estimated 380,100 people.
But the immediate Maryland suburbs — Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, Gaithersburg and Rockville — are also poised to add plenty of heft to the region’s population. The study found that those four jurisdictions will grow by about 420,000 people.
The District’s population is expected to increase by about 28 percent to 771,200.
Stewart Schwartz, executive director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth, said that although local governments have been planning ahead, state governments need to focus on looming population increases.
"This is exactly why we argue that where we grow and how we grow — specifically how we design our communities