The re-election of President Barack Obama signals full-speed ahead for the implementation of the health care reforms contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including the creation of public health insurance exchanges. The act mandates that all states and territories establish and launch their own health insurance exchanges by Jan. 1, 2014, or default to a federal fallback program. Read More
Proponents of the new health care law appeared to be on solid ground when they said that it would extend affordable health insurance to millions of Americans.No longer.At a hearing of the health subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Cornell University economics professor Richard Burkhauser showed that in 2014, millions of low-income Americans may be unable to get subsidized health insurance through the new health care exchanges. Read More
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Anyone who has seriously studied Medicaid understands there is a huge difference between possessing health insurance and having access to health care.
Until the very last minute, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services seemed determined to spend $350,000 to spy on doctors and rediscover this well-known fact. Although the department finally dropped that plan, doctors should expect to experience similar government intrusions in the future. Read More
The consulting firm McKinsey and Co. recently released a widely reported survey that said almost a third of private-sector employers reported they will drop employee health insurance coverage when Obamacare’s government-managed insurance exchanges come online in 2014. The survey results exploded two major promises repeatedly made during and after the health care debate: “If you like your health plan, you can keep it,” and, “It will not add one penny to the deficit.” Read More
Federal appeals judges dropped an Obamacare bombshell this week that could change the timetable for when the U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately decide whether the president’s signature law is unconstitutional.
Two major lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare were argued May 10 before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. Read More
California legislators are considering a bill, AB 52, that would give the executive branch the power to decide whether health plans should be allowed to increase their premiums at rates that keep pace with medical costs. Health plans may be a politically attractive target, but giving politicians the power to approve premiums causes problems — and doesn’t even hold down rate increases. Read More
A recent court ruling has helped President Barack Obama push ahead with a mandate that all citizens be required to have government health insurance. In a March 16 decision, Federal District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer — who previously served as general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board — ruled that seniors who elect to opt out of Medicare coverage must then forfeit their Social Security benefits as well and repay all past Social Security benefits prior to opting out. Read More
President Barack Obama seems willing to reconsider the centerpiece of his health care bill, the so-called “individual mandate” — that is, the requirement that everyone hold health insurance, like it or not. Read More
Some insurers jack up the prices of some vital medications to “specialty tiers”, a practice that Assemblywoman Fiona Ma hopes to stop.Ma will today announce legislation that would eliminate the expensive specialty tiers, and also cap monthly co-pays.Ma will announce the legislation at 3:30 p.m. today in the lobby of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, joined by patients and advocates. Read More