Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

Immigrants Access To Health Care

Immigrants Here Illegally Will Not Get Access To Health Law But May Get Other Coverage

Poll: Partisans Expect ACA Debate to Continue, Though Public Splintered Over What Congress Should Do
 Many uninsured say that they cannot afford ACA plans.


Risk Stratification to Inform Care Management for Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees: State Strategies

Consumer Reports' ACA Resources
Several useful resources, including on taxes.

Alliance for Health Reform Briefing: Health Insurance Marketplaces, Round II: Results and Expectations



KEY BRIEFING POINTS

  • If the Supreme Court ACA ruling invalidates subsidies, many could lose access to coverage, not only low-income individuals, said Timothy Jost. However, he added, those with subsidies before the ruling should be able to keep them for the year.
  • Premiums and deductibles will vary by state for 2015, said Sara Collins. She noted that they fell in Colorado, but increased in Minnesota. And, said Timothy Jost, today's second lowest silver plan may not be the same as it was last year, so consumers should shop around.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $60 million in navigator grants to 90 organizations for 2015 in an effort to help consumers find the best health plans for them, said Meena Seshamani.
  • Underlying factors impacting premiums include provider consolidation and high-priced prescription drugs, said Dan Durham. States with more market competition have lower premiums, he added.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Selling of Obamacare 2.0

The Selling of Obamacare 2.0 

Maryland health exchange ready for signups, official says
Hope their system works better this time.  I did checkout their site and it seems ok, but that is not entering data yet.  As you may know, you can enroll via the call center starting 11/15, and enroll online on 11/19, with interim steps in between.  
 
Too High a Price: Out-of-Pocket Health Care Costs in the United States
  

Obamacare premiums are falling by 0.2% across 48 major cities

New Doctors Site Rates for Experience, Quality

Millions Of Medicaid Kids Missing Regular Checkups  Healthcare.gov Re-Enrollment Could Lead To Pocketbook Surprises For Consumers This article covers a variety of topics in addition to the suggested title. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Low-Income Adults Support Medicaid Expansion

Low-Income Adults Support Medicaid Expansion, View Program Favorably

Challenges for the Next Obamacare Open Enrollment

7 Charts That Prove Obamacare Is Working

The Best Possible Day. An excerpt in the New York Times explains two key lessons of Atul Gawande's new book, Being Mortal. http://nyti.ms/1s2r0y9   This article states the issues very well.  Hospice in particular has been a very valuable provider for over 30 years in the U.S. and even longer in some other countries.

The Road to Accountable Care: Building Systems for Population Health Management

Easier Time in Health Marketplace Is Promised

Secret Deficit Lovers   A well written editorial by Paul Krugman on the reduction in the deficit which is being ignored by the deficit hawks.

Will Employers Favor Private Exchanges Over Coverage Sponsorship?   This posting suggest that many will.

U.S. Says Consumers Must Renew Health Insurance Policies  

Determining Household Size and Income for Premium Tax Credits and Medicaid
Presentation Slide Deck

Key Facts You Need to Know About Income Definitions for Marketplace and Medicaid Coverage
This collection of key facts explains Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) and what counts as income in determining eligibility for premium tax credits, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
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Compare the U.S. Health System to Its International Peers with a New Interactive Tool