Obamacare fee of $63 per person to begin in 2014

From an online news article posted this week: Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too. It’s a new, $63-per-head fee to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions under President Obama’s health care overhaul. The charge, buried in a recent regulation, works out to tens of millions of dollars for the largest … Read More

Expected price of Obamacare mounts

With many Americans and businesses concerned about the impact of Obamacare, a new study from the country’s top group of financial risk analysts is providing fodder for those fears. Underlying claims costs — which form the basis for insurers’ health care coverage premiums — will jump by one-third across the U.S. after the Affordable Care Act goes into effect next … Read More

Doctor-Owned Hospitals Prosper Under Health Law

Kaiser Health News — Doctor-owned hospitals are earning many of the largest bonuses from the federal health law’s new quality programs, even as the law halts their growth. The hospitals, many of which specialize in heart or orthopedic surgeries, have long drawn the ire of federal lawmakers and competitors. They say physicians often direct the best-insured and more lucrative cases to … Read More

President’s 2014 budget takes on self-referral

April 11, 2013 — In its 2014 budget plan released April 10, the Obama administration has directly targeted self-referral, proposing that certain imaging services be excluded from the in-office ancillary services exception to the federal Stark law. Not only does the proposal address self-referral directly for the first time, it quantifies the savings that would be gained by closing this loophole … Read More

New Health-Care Law’s Success Rests on the Young

By Christopher Weaver and Louise Radnofsky | The Wall Street Journal PORTLAND, Ore.—The success of the new health-care law rides in large measure on whether young, healthy people like Gabe Meiffren, a cook at a Korean-Hawaiian food cart, decide to give up a chunk of disposable income to pay for insurance. After getting a peek at rates being offered for fall, the 25-year-old … Read More

Obamacare is coming, and so are the con artists

As the debate rages over who benefits from the Affordable Care Act, one thing is becoming clear: The controversial program is a dream come true for rip-off artists. Consumer experts warn that the program has created a huge opportunity for swindling people by stealing their money and their sensitive personal information. These tips, provided by consumer groups and government, will … Read More

Get ready for enrollment in health exchanges

by KRISTEN GERENCHER, The Wall Street Journal In about six weeks, Americans will have a new kind of open enrollment to consider. Starting October 1, 2013, people without health insurance can sign up for standardized coverage through new health-insurance marketplaces run either by their state, the federal government or a combination of the two—the centerpiece of the Patient Protection and … Read More

Americans don’t understand insurance, let alone Obamacare, research shows

Forbes — Steve Japsen, Contributor, August 10, 2013 With open enrollment for uninsured individuals to buy health coverage under the Affordable Care Act set to begin in less than two months, research is mounting that shows consumers don’t understand health insurance, let alone key aspects of the landmark health law. The studies are troubling, researchers say, particularly when there are … Read More

In the case of Obamacare, no news isn’t good news

So far, seventeen states plus the District of Columbia have publicly released data on rates consumers will pay for policies offered on the Affordable Care Act’s online marketplaces, including eleven states operating their own exchanges and seven defaulting to a federally-facilitated exchange. California said premiums would increase, on average, by 26.5 percent, while Ohio quoted a 44 percent increase and New York … Read More

Prices set for new health care exchanges

By Louise Radnofsky | The Wall Street Journal — U.S. officials for the first time disclosed insurance prices that will be offered through new federally run health-care exchanges starting Oct. 1, showing that young, healthy buyers likely will pay more than they do currently while older, sicker consumers should get a break. The plans, offered under the health-care overhaul to people who don’t get … Read More

How health care reform saved a life and a ton of insurance money all at once

LifeHealthPro chief editor Bill Coffin wrote about his friend Amy (not her real name) and how her successful battle with breast cancer was made easier by health care reform. Numerous readers responded to the article, and not always favorably. Rather than answer such responses himself, Bill thought that perhaps Amy could do a better job of it. To read Amy’s story, … Read More

An overview of what people are recommended to know about ACA rollout

By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News President Barack Obama says no one is more upset than he is with the glitches that have hampered open-enrollment in the Affordable Care Act — but some Americans who have tried time after time to sign up might disagree. Three weeks into a six-month signup period, the federal website created to allow the … Read More

Sharing a journalist’s experience with the federal government health care website

A reporter documents their experience with researching health insurance options. The success achieved in getting the information was not through the website, but by utilizing a toll free number in order to speak to a representative. For those who are having difficulties with the online application process, the telephone may be your next best option. To read of the experience, … Read More

Secret pricing spikes US healthcare costs

Washington (AFP) – Secret pricing is making healthcare in the United States more expensive than ever, leading costs to triple in the past two decades, experts said Tuesday. Overall, US healthcare costs now account for nearly 18 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), twice the amount spent by Japan, Ireland and Sweden where people are generally healthier and live longer. … Read More

Who gets a subsidy under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act?

The new availability of tax credits for qualified low-income people purchasing individual coverage through exchanges could be a game changer. Qualified individuals with family incomes between 100% and 400% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) will be eligible for sliding-scale premium tax credits that will cap the amount they may pay for coverage. Individuals with family incomes at or below … Read More

Companies prepare to pass more health costs to workers

Companies are bracing for an influx of participants in their insurance plans due to the health-care overhaul, adding to pressure to shift more of the cost of coverage to employees. Many employers are betting that the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that all Americans have health insurance starting in 2014 will bring more people into their plans who have previously opted … Read More

States losing billions in refusing to expand Medicaid, report finds

Texas will lose $9.2 billion in 2022; Florida says goodbye to $5 billion; Georgia is out $4.9 billion. A new report details just how much states are losing because they don’t want to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, and it’s not chump change. Red states may be sticking to their Republican beliefs in small government, but the Commonwealth Fund finds they … Read More

An “uncovered” hidden Obamacare cost

November 30 has come and gone, meaning HealthCare.gov, the $630 million portal created by the Affordable Care Act that links all 36 federal online insurance marketplaces, should be running smoothly for the majority of users. However, that does not mean the marketplaces are easy to use, especially for individuals trying to compare how different policies cover drug costs. Costs can differ … Read More

Obamacare signup deadline extended 24 hours

A crush of visitors to the healthcare website caused the White House to extend the deadline one day. https://gma.yahoo.com/video/obamacare-signup-deadline-extended-112701772.html

Obamacare website fails as deadline arrives

People trying to apply and enroll for private health insurance through Obamacare before Monday’s midnight deadline discovered the website was “currently unavailable.” Healthcare.gov, the online marketplace bedeviled by bugs since its launch last fall, went down for several hours Monday morning, a statement from the Department of Health and Human Services said. It was back online later in the morning … Read More

Health law sign-ups on track to hit 7 million

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beating expectations, President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul was on track to sign up more than 7 million Americans for health insurance on deadline day Monday, government officials told The Associated Press. The 7 million target, thought to be out of reach by most experts, was in sight on a day that saw surging consumer interest as … Read More

Doctors shun patients who pay with medicaid

Most doctors in private practice lose money on Medicaid patients, because the program pays less than commercial health plans or Medicare, the federal insurance program for Americans over 65. Many physicians already don’t accept Medicaid, and millions of new enrollees clamoring for appointments will strain those who do. About 46 percent of physicians accept Medicaid, according to a 15-city survey last … Read More

Patients often win if they appeal a denied health claim

Federal rules ensure that none of the millions of people who signed up for Obamacare can be denied insurance — but there is no guarantee that all health services will be covered. To help make sure a patient’s claims aren’t improperly denied, the Affordable Care Act creates national standards allowing appeals to the insurer and, if necessary, to a third-party … Read More

Lawmakers urge Medicare coverage for cancer test

More than 130 lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to expand coverage for a lung-cancer test under Medicare that could cost the program billons, calling the screening important for vulnerable seniors. In a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the lawmakers called for a timely decision on coverage for low-dose CT scans for older patients at higher … Read More

Share your experiences with the Affordable Care Act

This year, many Americans have signed up for health insurance through the federal or state marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act. The New York Times and its journalists covering the law would like to hear from people who have this new insurance and whether they are finding it affordable. Click here to participate in this survey.    

Five unpleasant ways employers are cutting back on healthcare costs

The Affordable Care Act, perhaps better known as Obamacare, set in motion a series of changes that are drastically altering the health-services landscape. The law itself was designed for a few purposes. Primarily, it was enacted in order to reduce the amount of uninsured citizens in this country, and to help spread the cost of medical care across a greater … Read More

The fee for not having health insurance “soars” in 2015

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a news report on the significant increase in the penalty that will be levied on those people who do not have health insurance. According to the report, the maximum penalty per family in 2014 looks like a bargain now at $285, a hike of nearly 250%. The fee will continue to get stiffer in 2015 when it … Read More

DIS offers a price transparency edge over area hospitals

More and more people who are recommended to have an imaging exam are demanding to know the cost of procedures up front — cost being what they potentially might have to pay after the calculation of an exam’s list price and insurance discounts. After all, with both high co-pay and high deductible health plans, they now bear more responsibility for a … Read More