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Health Marketplace Sticker Shock Spreading

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Insurance News Net reports:

“Last-minute shoppers to the health insurance marketplace plans might do well to heed the advice of Butler County physician Mark Musmanno:

Know what you’re signing up for.

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Insurance Through Employer A Better Deal Than Through Exchange

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Insurance News Net reports:

“If you’re hearing about the new Health Insurance Marketplace and wondering if it might be a better deal than your employer’s insurance, the answer is: It probably isn’t.

People covered under most employer group insurance policies aren’t eligible for some of the Affordable Care Act cost-saving benefits — mainly tax credits. Without those tax credits, it’s extremely unlikely you’ll find a better deal on the insurance marketplace exchange.

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Ten’s a crowd in the doctor’s office

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Benefits Pro reports:

“This week, in Time magazine, I read about a possible solution. And it frightens me.

Group appointments. Yes, doctor-patient-patient-patient-patient-patient relationships.

It appears more people are seeing their doctor with another nine or so other patients in the room.
This isn’t an entirely new idea, but it’s becoming more popular than ever. Since 2005, the percentage of practices offering group visits has doubled, from 6 percent to 13 percent in 2010.

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How to Shop Smart on New Health Exchanges

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

The Wall Street Journal reports:

“Millions of Americans will be shopping for their own health insurance for the first time this fall—but they will need to look closely to be sure they get the coverage that best fits their needs.

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News from the Blues, July 10th

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

BCBSIL reports:

Affordable Care Act Question of the Week: Minimum Essential Coverage [All Markets]

The “Question of the Week” answers frequently asked questions regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This week, we feature a question about Minimum Essential Coverage.

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More employers tie premiums to salary levels

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Benefits Pro reports:

“More employers are trying to assuage worker concerns about how much of their salary goes to their health coverage by pegging the cost of coverage to salary ranges.

This trend was noted by Mercer in a study of how companies were managing their health care plans. Mercer’s survey revealed that 12 percent of responding companies were using salary-based health coverage schemes in 2012, up from 10 percent in 2011. Now, signs are that that percentage is about to jump significantly.

Large employers are leading the way; in Mercer’s study, 20 percent of firms defined as “large” were segregating employees into premiums based upon a salary range. But more are following, as Obamacare begins to assume a less-fuzzy shape.

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Health Care Reform Will Be A “Mess,” Experts Predict

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Insurance News Net reports:

“When health care reforms begin this year and new insurance starts next year, it will not be pretty, health experts said.

“This is going to be a mess,” said Jonathan Gruber, a health economist at theMassachusetts Institute of Technology, likening it to the bumpy launch of theMedicare Part D prescription drug program in 2006, which was “1/100th as complex” as the Affordable Care Act will be.

Most Americans who are insured through their employers probably won’t be affected, and only a small number are likely to see high premiums, he said.

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House Republicans renew health care reform law repeal efforts

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Business Insurance reports:

“Republican leaders in the House of Representatives are making a new push to repeal the health care reform law.A budget proposal advanced by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the House Budget Committee, says the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 will “exacerbate the spiraling cost of health care, explode deficits and debt, and forever alter the relationship between the government and the American people.”  (more…)

Obamacare Faces Doubts Among The Young And The Restless

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Insurance News Net reports:

“Heading into the final stages before implementation of his health care overhaul, President Obama is facing growing concerns among young Americans who will absorb the largest spike in medical costs under the sweeping law.

Obama championed his signature legislative achievement on college campuses and to twentysomethings during his re-election campaign. But he focused on Obamacare’s most popular provision — allowing students to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until the age of 26 — not the higher costs incurred by younger Americans to bring down the price of insurance for seniors.

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