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  • Analysis: 1 in 4 employers hit with Obamacare tax

    08/25/2015 7:18:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Examiner ^ | 8/25/15 | PAIGE WINFIELD CUNNINGHAM
    One out of four U.S. employers may soon face a steep new Obamacare tax on the insurance coverage they offer workers, unless they take steps to reduce overall spending on the plans. A new analysis released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 26 percent of employers offer health benefits that could be subject to the Affordable Care Act's "Cadillac" tax on high-cost plans when it starts in 2018. The tax kicks in when the total spending on a health plan — including the employer and employee premium contributions — exceeds $10,022 for an individual or $27,500 for a...
  • Rocky road for insurance carrier (Colorado)

    08/10/2015 7:40:57 AM PDT · by dware · 6 replies
    GJ Sentinel ^ | 08.09.2015 | Greg Ruland
    An explosion in the number of Coloradans signing up for medical insurance during the last 18 months shook up the state’s health insurance market and severely strained Rocky Mountain Health Plans’ bottom line. The federal government will soon funnel nearly $70 million to the Grand Junction-based carrier, a move that will help make up for some of those losses. But a significant rate increase for some of the more than a quarter-million members of RMHP could be on the horizon. The rise in coverage brought about by the Affordable Care Act has insurers around the country adjusting premium rates to...
  • Questions about COBRA

    08/04/2015 9:56:29 AM PDT · by incredulous joe · 32 replies
    4 August, 2015 | Incredulous Joe
    Greetings Freeper Friends, I hope that someone might be able to help me out or guide me to a source where I might find answers. A few years back, at the height of the economic turmoil, I had to do something drastic; I changed my career of some 20-plus years from a graphic designer and art director to a nurse's aide. It was a big move down the economic ladder. I did this because of the lack of the stability in my field; I could no longer recruit new clients and, when I did work for folks, I could not...
  • If Gov. Kasich is on the Republican ticket, Obamacare repeal is off the table

    07/24/2015 9:52:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Watchdog ^ | July 21, 2015 | Jason Hart
    Republicans can forget about campaigning against Obamacare in 2016 if Ohio Gov. John Kasich is on the party’s presidential ticket. Conventional wisdom says Kasich will need to explain his Obamacare Medicaid expansion to Republican primary voters — but he’s been explaining it for two years. That’s the problem: most of Kasich’s arguments for Medicaid coverage for working-age adults with no kids and no disabilities sound like they were written by Democratic strategists. The longer Kasich is in the presidential race, the greater the potential for Democrats to capitalize on Kasich’s promotion of Obamacare. ... The governor told the Ohio General...
  • The Problem With Healthcare–Part 1

    07/24/2015 9:08:27 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/24/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    As we approach the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson signing the Medicare bill into law (July 30th), what better time to consider the seemingly intractable problem of healthcare? FDR tried to include a federal health insurance component into the Social Security Act of 1935, but backed off. Harry Truman, his successor, took up the cause again in 1945, 1947, and 1949. JFK would pick up the banner in 1961. During the 1965 signing, LBJ called the 81-year-old Truman “the real daddy of Medicare,” and presented him and his wife Bess with the first two Medicare cards. With the passage...
  • Anthem to acquire CIGNA, leaving only 3 big health insurance companies

    07/24/2015 7:50:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 07/24/2015 | Aaron Smith
    In another merger of health insurance giants, Anthem has agreed to acquire Cigna in a $54 billion deal. Anthem (ANTM), a Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurer, said it would buy all of Cigna's (CI)shares in a cash and stock transaction. The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2016, if it passes state regulatory approvals and other requirements. The merged insurer would cover 53 million members. The merger would leave only three major players in the insurance industry. Earlier this month, Aetna (AET) struck a deal to buy Humana (HUM) for $37 billion, which would cover...
  • Obamacare Has Never Been about Anything Affordable for You

    07/09/2015 1:16:15 PM PDT · by Rona Badger · 21 replies
    The American Medical Money Machine ^ | July 9, 2015 | TAMMM Staff
    After the Supreme Court ruled in his favor, Obama strode into the Rose Garden and just made stuff up. Straight-faced, he said families are paying about $1,800 less per year on average now. But government actuaries tell the real story that the ACA has increased the average family’s yearly healthcare costs by around $800. When 2016 rolls around, the insurers will be jacking up prices—20 to 40 percent or more because the marketplaces have failed to attract those healthy young people they desperately need. So buckle up. Here come the price increases. The public is now joining our Veterans who...
  • Multiple Factors At Work As Many Brace For Higher Health Insurance Premiums In 2016

    07/05/2015 3:08:32 PM PDT · by Iron Munro · 13 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | July 3, 2015 | Kathleen McGrory
    The Affordable Care Act has weathered its share of punches in recent weeks, including a Supreme Court challenge that could have led to its unraveling. Its next bout could hit consumers in the pocketbook. In Florida, several big-name insurance providers — including Aetna, Cigna, Coventry and United Healthcare — have already proposed double-digit rate increases for individual health insurance plans, federal records show. The figures are not final, and they represent only a slice of the plans available on the individual insurance market. (Companies requesting single-digit hikes don't have to publish their rates until later in the year.) But experts...
  • Our New Godzilla: Health Insurance Consolidation

    07/02/2015 12:24:51 PM PDT · by Rona Badger · 10 replies
    The American Medical Money Machine ^ | July 2, 2015 | TAMMM Staff
    There are five major medical insurers in America and soon there may be only three. What does this health insurance consolidation mean for the future of healthcare? Clearly, the sacred and confidential nature of the relationship between doctor and patient is history. Big Money has moved in to stay. The medical insurance 500 pound gorilla is about to consolidate into an even more intrusive and dense trust which—as with the banks—will be too big to fail and far too big to control. Few know that during the debate over the Affordable (Unaffordable) Care Act, there were eight lobbyists for each...
  • How Obamacare could lead inadvertently to free market health care

    07/02/2015 4:34:43 AM PDT · by Marcus · 19 replies
    Houston Politics Examiner ^ | July 2, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    The president’s chest thumping boasting to the contrary, Obamacare is still a mess that has caused health insurance premiums and deductibles to skyrocket. Some advocates of Canadian-style single-payer systems, such as socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, maintain that this state of affairs will lead Americans to accept a universal, government run “Medicare for all” system. Such a system would also feature rationing and death panels, as has been the case in countries that have adopted such arrangements. However, a Wednesday article in the Wall Street Journal suggests that Obamacare will, inadvertently, lead to a free market, customer-driven health care system...
  • Assurant Health to close; 1,200 Milwaukee jobs lost

    06/11/2015 3:07:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Milwaukee Business Journal ^ | Jun 10, 2015 | Rich Kirchen
    On Wednesday morning, the parent company said it will sell some small-group business lines to National General Holdings Corp. but exit the individual-health lines that are based in Milwaukee at 501 W. Michigan St. The first phase of job reductions at Assurant Health will occur this summer and impact an estimated 300 employees of approximately 1,700 positions in Milwaukee and other locations, Assurant Inc. said. Assurant Inc. said it will exit the health-insurance market over the next 18 months. ... Assurant Health has been losing money the past two years, and Assurant Inc. executives cited the challenges of running Assurant’s...
  • 'Successful' ObamaCare Missed 2015 Enrollment Goal By 22%

    06/04/2015 3:34:39 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/03/2015 | John Merline
    Earlier this year, the Obama administration boasted that well over 11 million people had signed up for an ObamaCare plan by the end of the second open enrollment period.
  • Obamacare advocates seek to fix problem they made worse

    05/26/2015 4:33:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 25, 2015 | Byron York
    Back in 2009, when Congress was debating the Affordable Care Act, many liberal Democrats felt it did not go far enough — that it should be even more sweeping, even more expansive, even more costly. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, one of the Senate's most liberal Democrats and a veteran of many legislative battles, urged his colleagues on the Left to go ahead and pass the bill. "The key to this is that this modest home, we can put additions onto it in the future," Harkin told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow in December 2009. "But if we don't have the starter home, we're...
  • GOP likely to feel the heat if court decision guts Obamacare [Who gave us this ACA mess?]

    05/26/2015 3:41:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 26, 2015 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans — not White House officials — who have been talking about damage control. [snip] BAD TIMING [snip] HOUSE OF CARDS [snip] STICKER SHOCK FOR SELF-PAY CUSTOMERS [snip] REPUBLICANS TO THE RESCUE? [snip]
  • Obamacare May Force Some Insurers to Boost Their Premiums an Alarming Amount

    05/22/2015 10:48:33 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 55 replies
    Slate ^ | May 22, 2015 | Mark Joseph Stern
    On the whole, the Affordable Care Act is working pretty well, getting more people insured and increasing the quality of insurance overall. But on Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported an alarming development: Health insurers on many state exchanges are looking to boost their premiums a ridiculous amount in 2016. New Mexico's leading provider, for instance, is seeking a 51.6 percent hike, while Maryland's is seeking a 30.4 percent hike. (Insurers in other states, like Vermont and Indiana, are asking for minimal increases.) Libertarian and conservative outlets are, predictably, citing the rate hike as yet another Obamacare catastrophe. But it's...
  • Health Insurers Seek Hefty Rate Boosts

    05/22/2015 7:58:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | May 21, 2015 | Louise Radnofsky
    Proposals set the stage for debate over federal health law’s impact. Major insurers in some states are proposing hefty rate boosts for plans sold under the federal health law, setting the stage for an intense debate this summer over the law’s impact. In New Mexico, market leader Health Care Service Corp. is asking for an average jump of 51.6% in premiums for 2016. The biggest insurer in Tennessee, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, has requested an average 36.3% increase. In Maryland, market leader CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield wants to raise rates 30.4% across its products. Moda Health, the largest insurer on the...
  • Exclusive: States quietly consider ObamaCare exchange mergers

    05/22/2015 4:47:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 22, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    A number of states are quietly considering merging their healthcare exchanges under ObamaCare amid big questions about their cost and viability. Many of the 13 state-run ObamaCare exchanges are worried about how they’ll survive once federal dollars supporting them run dry next year. Others are contemplating creating multi-state exchanges as a contingency plan for a looming Supreme Court ruling expected next month that could prevent people from getting subsidies to buy ObamaCare on the federal exchange. The idea is still only in the infancy stage. It’s unclear whether a California-Oregon or New York-Connecticut health exchange is on the horizon. But...
  • Paying for Obamacare

    05/17/2015 12:10:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    ap ^ | May 17, 2015
    As Alice in Wonderland might say, a curious tax just got curiouser. The burden to states could mount to $13 billion in less than a decade. ... It works like this: State governments pay insurers for the tax. The insurers then pay the tax to the federal government. The federal government then reimburses part of the cost to the states. It may sound absurd, but it's not amusing to state governments, which wind up losing 54 cents for every dollar of the insurance tax. State taxpayers end up the biggest losers, without any added benefit to their state's low-income Medicaid...
  • Exchange board votes to scoop up millions from two higher fees ( Colorado health insurance )

    05/15/2015 12:10:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Health News Colorado ^ | May 15, 2015 | Katie Kerwin McCrimmon
    Despite fury from lawmakers the day before, Colorado’s health exchange board voted on Thursday to collect millions of additional dollars from all Colorado health insurance customers, even those who have nothing to do with the exchange. On top of that “broad market assessment,” the board also voted to more than double the user fees levied on people who buy insurance through Colorado’s exchange. .. The higher broad market fee is projected to allow Connect for Health Colorado to scoop up about about $20 million in 2016. It has been set at $1.25 per member per month on all health insurance...
  • 1 In 3 Private Health Insurance Customers Receive Surprise Medical Bills

    05/11/2015 9:15:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    One in three Americans with private health insurance has been hit with a surprise medical bill, according to a new survey by Consumers Union. The study of 2,200 individuals also found consumers overall are confused when it comes to how to fight a surprise bill. Among the surprises: bills that were for higher amounts than customer’s expected, bills for out-of-network services that customers believed were in-network, and bills from doctors they did not expect would send them a bill. Betsy Imholz of Consumers Union says few people who receive surprise bills ever file a complaint with a state agency. “Nobody...
  • Amazing Afrezza – Non-Invasive Insulin That Works!

    04/22/2015 10:16:03 AM PDT · by ncfool · 14 replies
    healthline.com ^ | April 22, 2015 | Amy Tenderich
    I can’t wait to get my next A1C test done (who says that?! but it’s true). I am now two-plus months into my use of new inhaled insulin Afrezza, and frankly I’m blown away by how well it performs (ooh, pun!) I’ve been hesitant to be too much of a cheerleader for Afrezza, because I thought maybe I was experiencing beginner’s luck – the thrill of any shiny new diabetes treatment can wear off pretty quickly – and given how controversial this drug is, I didn’t want to stir the pot unnecessarily. But sorry Naysayers, Afrezza is the bomb. At...
  • The Iran nuclear deal is unwritten, but it's the best we can do, Obama assures

    04/20/2015 2:58:23 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    IBD ^ | 4 - 20 - 2015 | Andrew Malcolm
    Remember the hundreds of thousands of new jobs certain to erupt by 2010 thanks to $1 trillion in extra Obama administration spending? Remember how resident Obama vowed swift justice to the murderers of four helpless Americans in Benghazi? Remember how you can keep your doctor and health insurance under ObamaCare? Remember how Obama promised to halt Iran's development of nuclear weapons because they would launch a nuclear arms race in the world's most volatile region and allow Iran to attempt its avowed erasure of Israel? Well, folks, your favorite incumbent president is morphing again right before your disbelieving eyes. Here's...
  • IRS says it's OK if you fail to say you have insurance on return

    03/31/2015 7:12:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/31/2015 | Rick Moran
    The IRS may be the ogre of government but when it comes to enforcing its rules on Obamacare, it's positively puppyish. Millions of people who don't have insurance are having the penalty waived. They are going to trust that your coverage meets Obamacare mandates without checking.  Now, if you fail to mark your return indicating that you have insurance, why that's perfectly alright with the IRS. Washington Examiner: The Internal Revenue Service told the Washington Examiner it will not penalize anyone who has insurance but neglected to check the box. However, a taxpayer may be asked by the agency if they have...
  • What Are Ted Cruz's Health Insurance Options -- And What Motivations Are You Projecting on Him?

    03/25/2015 12:21:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | March 25, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: There continues to be some... well, not just curiosity, some confusion as well about Ted Cruz and his decision to sign up for Obamacare. There's another option. There's some options that he has here, and I want to run through these. Now, all of this would have been academic had his wife not quit. Well, she didn't quit. She took an unpaid leave of absence from Goldman Sachs. If she had stayed there while he ran the campaign, this would not even be an issue. But they made a determination that a campaign is a family endeavor,...
  • 80,000 ObamaCare tax forms on hold

    03/20/2015 12:46:01 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 20, 2015 | Peter Sullivan
    The Obama administration announced Friday that 80,000 corrected tax forms for people on plans through ObamaCare have still not gone out. It's unclear how many people will be affected by the delay, but the administration said people who have not received the corrected forms do not have to wait to file their taxes and will not have to pay any additional tax due to the effort. The issues stem from the announcement last month that 800,000 people on insurance plans through ObamaCare received incorrect tax information. At the time, the administration said forms with corrected information would be sent out...
  • Vietnam hospitals assured to have enough bed of admission. Really?

    03/14/2015 4:12:04 AM PDT · by piasa · 7 replies
    Tuoi Tre ^ | Updated : 03/14/2015 18:00 GMT + 7
    Most hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City have confirmed that they have sufficient facilities so that their in-patients are no longer sharing a bed with two to three other patients, according to Nguyen Tan Binh, director of the Health Department of Ho Chi Minh City. However, two central hospitals, the Hospital for Traumatology and Orthopaedics and the Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital, have not met this condition. Each hospital currently has 140-180 in-patients over their 100 single bed capacity. The announcement was made during a meeting yesterday between Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien and officials from the HCMC...
  • Fears of Chaos Mount Over Obamacare Case

    02/26/2015 12:16:15 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    Roll Call ^ | February 25, 2015 | Melissa Attias, CQ staff
    There’s no shortage of dire predictions about what would happen if the Supreme Court strikes down the system for awarding subsidies to people seeking insurance under the 2010 health care law. Millions more could be added to the ranks of the uninsured, the cost of coverage could rise dramatically and insurance markets could be thrown into chaos, or at least temporary instability. For all those hypotheticals, though, the only thing that’s certain is the country will be more divided than ever over President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement, with many states forced to quickly decide what new steps, if any,...
  • Vermont adds extra ObamaCare period [public unaware of forced fines]

    02/19/2015 11:54:57 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 19, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    Vermont on Thursday became the third state to add an extra ObamaCare sign-up period through the end of tax season, adding pressure on federal health officials to take the same approach. While the official ObamaCare deadline passed on Sunday, about a quarter of all state exchanges have added a grace period to accommodate the millions of uninsured people who will be forced to pay a penalty for the first time this tax season. "It would be awful for a Vermont family to have to pay a fee of several hundred dollars or more, and then have to pay 100 percent...
  • Obama pressured to re-open ObamaCare

    02/19/2015 4:01:32 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 19, 2015 | Sarah Ferris and Peter Sullivan
    Pressure is building on the Obama administration to give uninsured people a second chance to sign up for ObamaCare before they are slapped with a fine. People without insurance in 2015 will pay a fine of $325 or 2 percent of their income, whichever is greater, during next year’s tax season. Democrats and several advocacy groups argue that people without insurance don’t realize they’re in danger of taking a significant economic hit. “Millions upon millions of people are unaware about these penalties,” Ron Pollack, the executive director of the nonprofit group Families USA, said in a briefing Wednesday. This year’s...
  • Health Insurance Deadline Approaches, Penalties Will Double

    02/08/2015 8:13:18 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    KOAA 5 ^ | Feb 07, 2015 | Maddie Garrett
    The penalty for not having health insurance this year is more than doubling. Coloradans have until February 15 ,2015, to shop for plans through the Connect for Health Colorado market place. Under the Affordable Care Act individuals are required to either have health insurance or pay a penalty at tax time. That penalty is either a flat rate or two percent of family income. This year, that rate is $325 per adult, $162 per child and up to $975 per family. Compared to last year the fine for an adult was only $95 and up to $285 per family.
  • Minneapolis advocates work to get Somalis signed up for health insurance

    02/04/2015 2:31:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    KMSP-TV ^ | February 3, 2015 | Tim Blotz
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)There's less than two weeks to go for all of us to have some form of health insurance, or be penalized by the government. That means there's a last minute push in communities like Minneapolis's Cedar Riverside Neighborhood to sign people up. Every immigrant community has its own unique barriers, but in the Somali community, advocates are racing against both time and culture. Timadde Aden is a typical case. He's never had health insurance, but enrolled for medical assistance today through MNsure at the Somali Health Solutions office in Minneapolis. One of the employees at that office, Hodan Guled, says,...
  • Ten times more than first estimated will lose employer-based health insurance under Obamacare

    01/28/2015 8:19:30 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 27 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Rick Moran
    The latest data on Obamacare analyzed by the Congressional Budget Office shows that 10 million Americans are likely to lose their employer-based insurance by 2021 as companies dump their workers onto the Obamacare exchanges. That's 10 times the number originally projected by the CBO. About 1 of every 16 workers will be affected.
  • Ten times more Americans than first est will lose employer-based health ins under Obamacare: CBO

    01/28/2015 6:02:54 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 28, 2015 | Rick Moran
    The latest data on Obamacare analyzed by the Congressional Budget Office shows that 10 million Americans are likely to lose their employer-based insurance by 2021 as companies dump their workers onto the Obamacare exchanges. That's 10 times the number originally projected by the CBO. About 1 of every 16 workers will be affected. The latest CBO report has not garnered a lot of attention, even though it contains the modestly good news that Obamacare is not costing as much as the CBO thought it would in 2010. That said, another reason the left and the administration may not be touting...
  • Governor Cuomo Proposes Regulations to Have Medicaid Cover "Transgender Care and Services"

    01/26/2015 11:23:43 PM PST · by ubipetrusest · 5 replies
    Governor's Press Office ^ | December 17, 2014 | Governor's Press Office
    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced new regulations to include transgender health care services under New York State’s Medicaid program. The proposed regulations provide treatment for hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgery.... New York will join California, Massachusetts, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington D.C., which cover transgender health care through their Medicaid programs. In May, the federal government also ended its decades-long exclusion of coverage for certain services related to gender transition under Medicare. The introduction of this Medicaid regulation follows last week’s announcement that New York State law requires private health insurance companies to cover transgender health care on the...
  • Obamacare penalty may come as shock at tax time

    01/18/2015 7:12:51 PM PST · by george76 · 57 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 18, 2015 | Tom Howell Jr.
    Those Americans who didn’t get health insurance last year could be in for a rude awakening when the IRS asks them to fork over their Obamacare penalty — and it could be a lot more than the $95 many of them may be expecting. The Affordable Care Act requires those who didn’t have insurance last year and didn’t qualify for one of the exemptions to pay a tax penalty, which was widely cited as $95 the first year. But the $95 is actually a minimum, and middle- and upper-income families will actually end up paying 1 percent of their household...
  • Top ObamaCare official stepping down

    01/16/2015 8:11:49 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 16, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    The leader of the agency charged with the ObamaCare rollout is stepping down after five years on the job. Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), announced her departure Friday, which will take effect next month. "It is with sadness and mixed emotions that I write to tell you that February will be my last month serving as the administrator for CMS," Tavenner wrote in an email to staff. Tavenner is leaving after five turbulent years overseeing the agency. Her tenure included the disastrous rollout of the government’s HealthCare.gov website as well as, most recently,...
  • MILLION DOLLAR HEIST: Audit Of C4HCO Shows Major Mismanagement Of Funds ( Colorado ObamaCare)

    01/12/2015 1:59:16 PM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | December 8, 2014
    Rep. Dan Nordberg, the author of last year’s audit bill, had this to say in a statement: “With only a limited performance audit, the state auditor found Connect for Health Colorado committed numerous federal law violations, and nearly 40 percent of sampled contracts had problems totaling more than $32 million dollars. “Sadly, I am not surprised. I have had ongoing concerns about how Connect for Health Colorado was managing tax payers’ funds, which is why I pushed so hard last year to expand the auditor’s oversight of this organization. I hope Democrats will see the light and support my efforts...
  • Harvard Ideas on Health Care Hit Home, Hard

    01/06/2015 12:46:38 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 5, 2015 | ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON — For years, Harvard’s experts on health economics and policy have advised presidents and Congress on how to provide health benefits to the nation at a reasonable cost. But those remedies will now be applied to the Harvard faculty, and the professors are in an uproar....... In addition, some ideas that looked good to academia in theory are now causing consternation. In 2009, while Congress was considering the health care legislation, Dr. Alan M. Garber — then a Stanford professor and now the provost of Harvard — led a group of economists who sent an open letter to Mr....
  • Affordable Care Act is finally hitting employers

    01/02/2015 6:54:02 PM PST · by george76 · 40 replies
    cnn ^ | Jan 02, 2015 | Tami Luhby
    Companies with more than 100 full-time employees need to comply or face fines. ... Companies with more than 100 full-time workers must offer affordable health insurance to at least 70% of their staff. This "employer mandate" was supposed to take effect in 2014, but the Obama administration delayed it to this year. And those that don't comply face hefty penalties. Companies will be fined if they don't offer coverage and even just one of their workers gets subsidized insurance on an Obamacare individual exchange. For 2015, the fine is $174 a month times the number of full-time employees (minus 80...
  • Affordable Care Act’s Tax Effects Now Loom for Filers

    12/26/2014 8:39:15 AM PST · by Theoria · 35 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 25 Dec 2014 | Tara Siegel Bernard
    If you decided to skip health insurance this year, consider this: Unless you can prove you have a valid excuse, you will be liable for a penalty during the coming tax season — and the time to start making your case is now. That’s not all. People who bought subsidized insurance through one of the marketplaces may have new tax forms to complete, while paying the penalty itself may demand some serious number-crunching. The Internal Revenue Service is gearing up to answer questions, but it warns that only half of the callers may get through — and those who succeed...
  • Obamacare’s Christmas surprise

    12/20/2014 8:00:41 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 19, 2014 | Rep. Mark Meadows
    If you like your health care plan, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has a Christmas surprise for you! When will this new present arrive? December 25th. In an ongoing effort to keep Obamacare numbers elevated, CMS has embarked on the next step of its government takeover of healthcare. It seems CMS is taking a page from Jonathan Gruber’s book; rather than allowing the “stupid” masses to make a decision on their own health plan, CMS has proposed a new rule that includes an overly reaching provision allowing CMS to re-enroll anyone who has not made the annual...
  • Mission Impossible: Making a Smart Choice in the ObamaCare Exchange

    12/06/2014 5:58:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    The Obama administration is actually pleading with people to shop around before choosing a health insurance plan. Ordinarily that would be good advice. Ideally, people should comparison shop – considering the differences in premiums, subsidies, and networks of the different plans. But as I wrote at Forbes this week, there’s one big problem: Intelligent comparison shopping is virtually impossible. The Obama administration calls the health insurance exchanges “markets.” But they are unlike any market you have ever encountered. Think about what you would have to consider to make a reasoned choice. For starters, you have to consider all the health...
  • Dems on O-Care: Was it worth it?

    12/04/2014 6:43:08 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 4, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    Democrats are arguing among themselves about whether to focus on the poor, who are not reliable voters, or the middle class, who have started to turn to the Republican Party.Influential Democrats who have strongly defended Obama-Care for years are now publicly questioning whether the law was worth the political fallout. Passage of the Affordable Care Act marked the start of a political unraveling for the Democratic Party, which lost huge majorities in Congress and control of a majority of state governorships in the last four and a half years. Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the third-ranking member of the Senate Democratic...
  • A Look At Direct Primary Care

    11/07/2014 8:41:41 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/7/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    Let’s start with the doctor/patient relationship—the disappearance of which has been lamented by many. The pertinent definition of “relationship” in the Oxford Dictionaries deems it: “The way in which two or more people or organizations regard and behave toward each other.” In one sense, every patient wants to be treated well by his physician, and in many cases, so-called “continuity of care” is most desirable. Likewise, the physician may wish to spend more time with a particular patient, but is forced by economic realities to rush the process. Perhaps, some of this search for the ideal doctor/patient relationship is driven...
  • Death spiral? Short-term health plans grow as cheap alternative to ObamaCare

    10/29/2014 3:14:53 PM PDT · by PROCON · 9 replies
    foxnews ^ | Oct. 29, 2014 | Maxim Lott
    A fast-growing, short-term alternative to ObamaCare that allows customers to get cheap, one-year policies could put the government-subsidized plan into a death spiral. The plans, the only ones allowed for sale outside of ObamaCare exchanges, generally cost less than half of what similar ObamaCare policies cost, and are increasing in popularity as uninsured Americans learn they are required to get health coverage. The catch -- that the policies only last for a year -- is not much of a deterrent, given that customers can always sign up for ObamaCare if their short-term coverage is not renewed. “Applications rose 30 percent...
  • For the Same Plan, Health Insurance Is Going Up 38%!!! Anyone else?

    10/27/2014 4:45:47 PM PDT · by randita · 47 replies
    anthembluecross.com ^ | 10/27/14 | self
    The "esteemed" Sen. Mark Warner ( proud supporter of Obamacare) is hearing from me first thing tomorrow morning. I just received a letter informing me that my current health care plan, Anthem Blue Cross of VA, will no longer be offered as of Jan. 1, 2015. For a comparable plan, the monthly premium in increasing 38%, from $460 to $736. This is outrageous! I am going to have to get a plan with a much larger deductible and more OOP costs and even that will be well over $500. I'm no spring chicken, but I'm too young for Medicare and...
  • Wisconsin health insurance companies plan special sign-ups for same-sex couples

    10/26/2014 10:48:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    MILWAUKEE — Several Wisconsin insurance companies are holding special sign-ups so same-sex couples can add spouses to their health plans. The special enrollment periods are needed because gays and lesbians who got married in Wisconsin last summer were unable to add spouses to their coverage amid the uncertainty surrounding the legal status of their marriages. People generally can make changes to a health plan during the year only after a "life-changing" event, such as a marriage, divorce, or birth or adoption of a child. The typical deadline is 30 days....
  • Obama to Hide Obamacare Rates Till After Election Day

    10/09/2014 7:00:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Townhall Magazine ^ | Oct 09, 2014 | Conn Carroll
    HealthCare.gov, the online portal where millions of Americans must by health insurance, will not display premiums for 2015 until after the 2014 elections ... Americans will not be able to find out if their health insurance premiums are going up "until the second week of November," which conveniently falls after Americans will go to the polls November 4th.
  • Obamacare, That Most Callous of Reforms

    10/07/2014 3:01:31 PM PDT · by justiceseeker93 · 6 replies
    RedState.com ^ | Oct. 7, 2014 | John Hayward
    The next wave of ObamaCare insurance cancellations is under way, flying largely under the national media radar… until Wal-Mart announced it would be dropping coverage for all its part-time employees.
  • Why so many uninsured passed on Obamacare. It’s still the economy, stupid.

    10/06/2014 9:46:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 6, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    It’s been a while since we heard from healthcare.gov and the fallout of the law, but we’re approaching the end of the year and the period when most of us will begin looking at our tax situation. For those who were fortunate enough to still have jobs with health benefits (and who got to keep them, as promised) or those who earned so little that they qualified for mostly subsidized Obamacare, they won’t see much of an effect. But by the latest estimates there are still roughly 41 million Americans without insurance who did not enroll in the government plan...