Obamacare / Healthcare Reform - News & Discussion
November 27, 2013 7:44 pm at 7:44 pm #380547
Small business Obamacare online enrollment delayed a year
The Obama administration today announced a one year delay of online enrollment for small businesses looking to purchase health coverage through federal Obamacare exchanges, another high-profile setback for HealthCare.gov.
It’s the second delay for online small business enrollment, which the administration had said would begin this month.November 27, 2013 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm #380548
Thus the talking points ColumbusTime outlined above. Have to tell people how to think.
And yet, my first point still stands.
Between you & a Schoolboy, I am once again reminded why I don’t come on here much anymore. It just isn’t worth the time or effort.November 28, 2013 12:57 am at 12:57 am #380549
And yet, my first point still stands.
Between you & a Schoolboy, I am once again reminded why I don’t come on here much anymore. It just isn’t worth the time or effort.
Oh, you were serious?
A finding in a study on the relationship between science literacy and political ideology surprised the Yale professor behind it: Tea party members know more science than non-tea partiers.
If you don’t want to come here, or put another way you want to cut out those who disagree with you, don’t let me stop you.November 28, 2013 4:45 pm at 4:45 pm #380550
Why Start-ups May Just Love Obamacare
BY JEREMY QUITTNER
For months now, the debate has raged over the impact that the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, will have on businesses. A number of the law’s provisions are only beginning to take effect, so the jury is out. But one thing seems clear: For start-ups, the law’s impact is almost entirely positive.
READ MORE: http://www.inc.com/magazine/201312/jeremy-quittner/obamacare-benefits-start-ups.htmlNovember 28, 2013 8:51 pm at 8:51 pm #380551December 5, 2013 2:54 pm at 2:54 pm #380552
More goodness on chargemaster pricing by institutional providers
I’ll quibble with this one quote,
Prices for any item or service are set by each hospital and move up and down yearly, and show extraordinary variability, health economists say.
In over a decade I’ve never seen our prices move down once, ever. I don’t even know if our pricing software can handle the concept of a markdown, lol. If prices have ever “been reduced”, it’s been via a creation of a subsidiary who then competes with the outpatient facilities that already charges lower prices in their own outpatient settings. Institutional charges only move one direction, up.December 9, 2013 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm #380553
Billions in health-care law fees to hit consumers, businesses
U.S. employers and consumers will bear the brunt of more than $20 billion in fees to be assessed in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act.
Health insurers are passing the mandatory fees on to many people, including those who buy coverage directly from insurers or who get health benefits through their jobs. In some cases, Medicare Advantage plans and Ohio’s Medicaid managed-care plans also will have to pay.December 10, 2013 1:19 am at 1:19 am #380554
The state opened registration Monday for people who beginning in January can get health insurance through an expanded Medicaid program, launching a new website it hopes most will use to get enrolled.
The state “flipped the switch,” Rossi said, at 6 a.m. Monday. By 11 a.m. about 450 people had enrolled. By later in the afternoon, about 3:30 p.m., the number had risen to 1,165.
The health reform law, commonly called Obamacare, commits the federal government to provide money to pay all or most of the annual costs of Medicaid expansion through 2020. State officials say they expect the expansion will add about 275,000 people to the program.December 10, 2013 4:50 pm at 4:50 pm #380555
Back-End Errors at U.S. Health Website Jeopardize Sign-Up
There’s no way to tell how many people who think they enrolled for health insurance through the U.S. Obamacare exchange actually have, after about 1 in 4 files sent to insurers had garbled and incomplete information.
The data transmission errors have been reduced to 1 in 10 since Nov. 30, the government said on Dec. 6. Still, the acknowledgment suggests consumers need to be vigilant about their health plan purchases. Letters from insurers confirming coverage can take a week or more, and the Obama administration now says people should call their companies if they aren’t contacted within that time.
With repairs to the front end of healthcare.gov producing a spurt of 29,000 new enrollments in the first two days of December, U.S. officials are now focusing on what happens after customers select a plan on the website. Enrollment is incomplete until consumers make their first payment, which is due Dec. 31 for insurance that will begin on Jan. 1.December 11, 2013 2:35 am at 2:35 am #380556
Perhaps more troubling for Obama, the poll showed 40% of young Americans believe Obamacare will bring worse care, 51% believe it will bring higher costs and 57% said they disapprove of the president’s signature law.
“Although Millennials have held firm in their approval of the president in past polls, we are now seeing a sea change among this critical demographic,” said Trey Grayson, director of Harvard Institute of Politics.
Among the 18- to 29-year-olds currently without health insurance, less than a third say they’re likely to enroll in the exchange. Thirteen percent say they will definitely enroll, 16% say they will probably enroll, and 41% say they are split 50-50 on whether they will enroll, according to the poll.
The latest sobering poll numbers come as Obama took part in a youth summit at the White House on Wednesday, where he encouraged uninsured young people to sign up for health care. Enrolling plenty of young, healthy people is considered critical to making the Affordable Care Act a success.December 20, 2013 3:53 pm at 3:53 pm #380557
The individual mandate no longer applies to people whose plans were canceled
Posted by Ezra Klein on December 19, 2013 at 9:15 pm
Today, the Obama administration announced that people whose insurance plans were canceled this year will “temporarily” be exempted from the law’s individual mandate. Here’s how they’re doing it — and what it means for the law.December 20, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm #380558
Just for Rus, coming soon to Obamacare, the finest China White your tax dollars can buy…December 20, 2013 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm #380559
Just for Rus, coming soon to Obamacare, the finest China White your tax dollars can buy…
That’s hysterical ;)December 31, 2013 1:44 am at 1:44 am #380560
Obamacare Hits 1 Million Mark
By Courtney Subramanian
Dec. 29, 20130
More than 1.1 million people have signed up for health care using the federal insurance exchange, White House officials said on Sunday.
Almost 1 million enrolled in December alone, meeting a Christmas Eve deadline to begin receiving coverage on Jan. 1, the Associated Press reports. The surge of enrollment was in part due to sweeping fixes to the glitch-riddled site, according to Marilyn Tavenner, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
READ MORE: http://nation.time.com/2013/12/29/obamacare-hits-one-million-mark/December 31, 2013 1:46 am at 1:46 am #380561
OP/ED | 12/30/2013 @ 12:28PM
Health Insurers Are Being Battered By Obamacare, And They Deserve It
Merrill Matthews, Contributor
Headline after headline proclaims that President Obama’s, shall we say, “flexibility” with respect to provisions in his own health care law is creating turmoil among health insurers, as they try to provide Obamacare-qualified coverage that has become at best a moving target. Well, health insurers deserve every bit of the confusion, uncertainty and potential financial losses they get.
READ MORE: http://www.forbes.com/sites/merrillmatthews/2013/12/30/health-insurers-are-being-battered-by-obamacare-and-they-deserve-it/
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