We are in the countdown to a monumental change that will affect the lives of most every American in one way or another. In 308 days, health coverage through the Affordable Care Act begins for tens of millions of Americans, millions in California alone. In 216 days, the doors swing open for enrollment to start.
You can hear the volume of partisan rhetoric increase in Washington as public confidence in its ability to resolve any complex issue declines. It’s both dumbfounding and discouraging when you consider how prepared Americans really are to embrace real reform if only the people they’ve elected to leadership would level with them — and with each other.
WASHINGTON — Nearly 4 out of 5 states have not enacted laws essential to enforcing new consumer protections in President Obama’s healthcare law, less than a year before it is supposed to be fully implemented, a new survey indicates.
Company number crunchers are stressed. Workers twist in limbo. But health insurance advisers predict that when employers master the new math and consequences of Obamacare, most will opt to keep providing coverage.
Some families with costly job-based health coverage may be ineligible for federal subsidies to help them buy less expensive coverage through new online insurance markets, under final rules released Wednesday by the IRS.
Kern Medical Center officials got the go-ahead from Kern County supervisors Tuesday to begin the process of hiring 15 workers — at the cost of $1.47 million annually — to manage a new healthcare plan for county workers and their families.
WASHINGTON — As workers open their W-2 forms this month, many will see a new box with information on the total cost of employer-sponsored health insurance coverage. To some, it will be a surprise, perhaps even a shock.
The St. Petersburg Florida based provider of a supplementary 24/7 alternative to the Affordable Healthcare Act announced that MD247 would begin offering wholesale pricing on its telemedicine program for large Southern California based businesses. MD247 provides all members 24/7 access to a national network of licensed medical professionals for consultation fees much lower than the fees charged by local Southern California Urgent Care Clinics.
Health insurance exchanges will change the way people buy coverage and will help millions of uninsured people get a private plan. Nearly 49 million people are uninsured in the United States, but the numbers vary dramatically by state.
Two books sitting on Jeff Alford’s desk offer a glimpse into his current business dilemma. As the chief operating officer of Alford Distributing, he has been trying to determine the potential impact the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will have on the family business.
“If you like your health-care plan, you can keep your health-care plan.” That was what Barack Obama promised, time and again, to voters nervous about his plans to shake up America’s health-care system. It was an empty promise, a bit like saying: “If you like your husband, I promise he won’t divorce you.”