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4 healthcare costs in retirement no one warns you about

Monday, May 20th, 2019

MSN Money reports:

“Many Americans are stressed about paying for late-in-life healthcare.

Studies show that over a third of US adults are more concerned about covering health costs in retirement than paying off debt and affording lifestyle expenses right now, but only about half have a financial plan in place for the future.

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Where Obamacare Has Become Unaffordable, Short Term Health Insurance Can Help

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Forbes reports:

“Next time you run into someone who minimizes the problems with Obamacare, I want you to introduce them to Fay. She’s a reasonably healthy 60 year old grandmother living in Fayette County, Illinois and earns about 450% of the federal poverty level ($53,460) working for a small employer that does not provide her with health insurance. Right now, if she wants the second lowest silver plan in her area, she needs to pay 28% of her pre-tax income in order to get it — $1,247 per month. Fay just doesn’t have that kind of money and thus lives in fear of medical bankruptcy should something go wrong.

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Largest Texas Health Insurer Requests to Raise Premiums on Individual Policies

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Newswire reports:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas (BCBS), which insures approximately 603,000 individual Texas policyholders, announced a proposal to raise premiums on three popular Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) plans by almost 60 percent. The rate hike follows a report by BCBS citing substantial financial losses in the second year of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges.

The Affordable Care Act, colloquially known as “Obamacare,” established marketplaces—or exchanges—where people without other health insurance can buy coverage. Filings from healthcare.gov show BCBS is seeking increases between 57.3 percent and 59.3 percent for two of its Blue Advantage Plus Plans. A 58.6 percent hike has been requested for the Blue Advantage Health Maintenance Organization Plan.

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Ready for a 255% premium hike?

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Benefits Pro reports:

“Supreme Court ruling killing PPACA subsidies may cause premiums to skyrocket.

If the U.S. Supreme Court rules that federal subsidies under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are invalid, 7.5 million Americans could face an average premium increase of 255 percent this year. And some could face an increase as much as 779 percent.

That’s the dire warning from consulting firm Avalere Health on the impact that the King vs. Burwell case could have on consumers. Arguments in the case begin March 4.

Avalere said 87 percent of federal exchange customers receive a subsidy. Therefore, the firm said killing the subsidies would cause “average monthly premium contributions for enrollees” to potentially increase “between 122 percent and 774 percent, depending on the state.” Residents in Alaska and Mississippi would see the highest percentage increases in their premium contributions, if the court rules in favor of the plaintiffs.

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Cubs cut grounds crew hours to avoid paying health insurance

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Yahoo Sports reports:

“The Chicago Cubs denied an assertion by the Chicago Sun-Times on Friday that the tarp debacle earlier in the week against the San Francisco Giants happened because the club short-staffs the grounds crew at Wrigley Field in order to avoid paying health insurance.

A surprising storm at Wrigley on Tuesday night caused a long delay because chief Roger Baird’s working crew couldn’t get the tarp — which had become saturated with water as it was unfurled — to cover the infield quickly enough. With field conditions unplayable even 4 1/2 hours after the rain stopped, umpires called the game in favor of the Cubs, who were leading in the bottom of the fifth inning. In a surprising but just turn of events, Major League Baseball upheld a protest by the Giants, and the teams resumed the suspended game Thursday. The Cubs won 2-1, but not before being thoroughly embarrassed.

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Why Employers Will Stop Offering Health Insurance

Friday, May 16th, 2014

The New York Times reports:

“Here’s a prediction: By 2025, “fewer than 20 percent of workers in the private sector will receive traditional employer-sponsored health insurance.” The source of this claim? Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel, in his just-published book, “Reinventing American Health Care.”

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Visualizing Health Policy: Physicians and Medicare

Friday, February 28th, 2014

The Kaiser Family Foundation reports:

“This month’s Visualizing Health Policy takes a look at physicians and Medicare, including information about Medicare’s payment formula for physicians and about access to health care for people covered by Medicare. (more…)

Obamacare signup deadline gets extension

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Chicago Health Care Daily reports:

“There won’t be a magic moment, but the Obama administration’s much-maligned health insurance website should be able to weather an expected year-end crush of customers, officials asserted Friday.

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Republicans unveil healthcare reform alternative amid threats of government shutdown

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Fierce Healthcare reports:

“The GOP this week unveiled an alternative plan to President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law amid a threat from a minority of Republicans to defund the law before the Oct. 1 implementation date and shutdown the government.

The bill–Republican Study Committee’s American Health Care Reform Act–which calls for a full repeal of the healthcare reform law “dramatically opens up options for families, and dramatically lowers costs” compared to Obama’s law, committee chairman Louisiana Rep. Steven Scalise told The Daily Caller.

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