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Here’s What Medicare Part B Costs and Covers in 2016

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

According to The Motley Fool:

“Learn how this part of the Medicare program works. 

Retirees rely on Medicare to help them with their healthcare expenses, but getting a better understanding of how the program’s different components can be challenging. Medicare Part B plays a key role in the everyday aspects of healthcare, and below, you’ll learn more of the specifics of how much Part B costs and what it covers.

What Medicare Part B costs
Medicare participants pay a monthly premium to get Part B coverage, but one of the more confusing things about the program in 2016 is that different participants pay different amounts. The standard charge for most new participants this year is $121.80 per month. But because of a law that ties Medicare increases to cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security, the majority of existing participants will pay the $104.90 monthly premium they paid in 2015. (more…)

With Michigan Closure, More Than Half of Obamacare CO-OPs Have Now Failed

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Energy & Commerce Reports:

“WASHINGTON, DC – The number of failed Obamacare CO-OPs grew to one dozen today as Michigan became the latest to announce it was closing. To date, 12 of the original 23 CO-OPs have closed, bringing the total cost to taxpayers at more than $1.23 billion. This Thursday, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing on “Examining the Costly Failures of Obamacare’s CO-OP Insurance Loans.” (more…)

From Aetna Health Reform Weekly

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Aetna reports:

“ILLINOIS: Legislators will return to session next week after a two-week break.  Front and center through the end of May are Governor Quinn’s Medicaid and pension reform requests contained in his budget address. The governor is proposing cutting $2.7 billion from Medicaid alone.

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Health reform law poses quandary for states

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Politico reports:

“If the Supreme Court upholds the health reform law this summer, states could be forced to a moment-of-truth situation: Do they set up a health insurance exchange, or do they let the feds come in and run theirs?

The problem is that many legislatures could be long gone by the time the Supreme Court has an answer. That leaves special sessions as their main option for sorting out the exchange question — but state lawmakers and those working with these states aren’t hopeful about the chances of calling them in the aftermath of the court’s ruling.

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Understanding the Health Care Reform Litigation

Monday, February 20th, 2012
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The Jurist reports:

“The party and amicus briefs are stacking up in advance of the five-and-a-half hours of oral argument on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) to be held March 26-28. The following provides an overview of this historic constitutional challenge. I have expressed my views in previous JURIST articles about the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, and have joined the health law professors’ amicus brief in support of government’s position. This piece, though, is in the nature of a guide. A guide to what is sure to be a complex and riveting oral argument with lasting reverberations.

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Health Law to Be Revised by Ending a Program

Monday, October 17th, 2011

The New York Times reports:

“WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced Friday that it was scrapping a long-term care insurance program created by the new health care law because it was too costly and would not work.

Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, said she had concluded that premiums would be so high that few healthy people would sign up. The program, which was intended for people with chronic illnesses or severe disabilities, was known as Community Living Assistance Services and Supports, or Class.

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A weekly compilation from Aetna of health care-related developments in Washington, D.C. and state legislatures across the country

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Atena reports:

“U.S. health care spending in recent years has grown by historically modest rates thanks largely to the effects of the recession, but all that is expected to change by 2014 when major coverage expansions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) begin. In a study published in the journal Health Affairs, health care spending is projected to grow by 8.3 percent in 2014. Also, expanded Medicaid coverage and robust growth in Medicare enrollment are expected to increase the federal government share of health spending from 27 percent in 2009 to 31 percent by 2020. Health care spending will make up 20 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product by 2020. According to Bloomberg, the ACA will succeed in helping more Americans get coverage, but it won’t reduce health care spending as written.”

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