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D.C. lobbying by St. Louis-based companies is shifting toward health care

Friday, 24 October 2014 03:00
WASHINGTON • Four years after it became law, the Affordable Care Act remains a boon for lobbyists — including those employed by major St. Louis-area health providers. In 2013, six area health-care companies spent more than $4 million on lobbying in Washington, more than half of it by the pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Obamacare Is Not a Revolution, It Is Mere Evolution
Thursday, 23 October 2014 17:07
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act focused the attention of Americans on government regulation as few issues have. However, they should havepaid attention decades earlier because states have been eating away like termites at freedom in the healthcare insurance market for decades. The PPACA addslittle to existing state regulations. States began dictating to insurance companies what to cover, whom to cover, when to cover them and how much theycould charge in the 1950s.
McHenry County Board's rejection of health care grant could flood ERs, agencies say
Thursday, 23 October 2014 11:34
Acting board Chairman James Heisler, R-Crystal Lake, said he and several others will meet at noon Monday to discuss how to revisit the grant, and whether it can wait until Nov. 6 or whether a special meeting is needed. Member Donna Kurtz, R-Crystal Lake, also said a re-vote likely will happen after talking to other board members. She said an Illinois Department of Public Health grant coordinator agreed to temporarily hold off on distributing a…
7 Things to Know as Affordable Care Act Deadline Approaches
Thursday, 23 October 2014 10:29
Is your business prepared? On Jan. 1, 2015, small businesses across America will be required to be in compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which requires employers with 100 full-time employees or more to offer healthcare insurance. In 2016, employers with 50 to 99 employees will be required to comply. As some small businesses consider trimming head counts, many others are frantically crunching numbers to ensure they’ll be able to handle the added expense.
Changes coming to The Affordable Care Act: What you need to know
Thursday, 23 October 2014 05:31
ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The Affordable Care Act continues to be a hot topic for both individuals and businesses. So, we broke it all down on 69 News at Sunrise and talked about some changes coming in 2015. WFMZ's Eve Tannery sat down with Kristen Dougherty, a Senior Vice President at Univest Insurance, to shed some light on this complex and ever-changing piece of legislation.
Can't Afford Obamacare? Consider a Health Care Sharing Ministry Instead
Thursday, 23 October 2014 03:10
As many as 2.6 million families lost their chosen health insurance plan in 2013, since their plans did not meet standards required by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, according to an analysis by the Urban Institute. And according to recent news surrounding the law, the number of cancellations will likely continue to surge this year.
McHenry County Board rejection of health care grant sparks concern, anger
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 11:14
“This is crazy. We’re penalizing the public we’re supposed to be serving,” McCann said. While accepting the IDPH grant sailed through her committee on a 7-0 vote, McCann said, almost every member flipped on the board floor except for herself and vice-chairwoman Donna Kurtz, R-Crystal Lake. McCann and Kurtz said they have been trying to see if a revote can be taken once board members are informed of the full impact of their decision.
:DentalPlans Launches Resource Center on the Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Dental Coverage
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 04:07
PLANTATION, FL--(Marketwired - October 23, 2014) - :DentalPlans, the largest dental savings plan marketplace, has launched a resource center to help consumers and businesses navigate the Affordable Care Act's impact on dental coverage. While the ACA now requires individuals to have health insurance, dental coverage is not required in that mandate -- even though oral health is essential to achieving overall health and well-being.
Businesses get informed on employee health benefits
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 13:55
“The new mandates kick in after Jan. 1, and this is the time companies are reviewing their plans for 2015,” said Steve Kohlmann, IBAW executive director. “Employee benefit issues can be highly complex and sifting through all that information takes time. Addressing the issue now would give employers time to get their questions answered before the first of the year.”
McFadden: Small business owners hurt by Affordable Care Act
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 07:56
Small business owners from throughout the state who say the Affordable Care Act has resulted in drastic increases in the cost to insure their employees joined U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden Wednesday to decry the legislation, while McFadden himself acknowledged relief likely wouldn’t come quickly. “These aren’t just numbers, they’re affecting real people,” McFadden said, standing in front of greenhouse proprietors, ski resort owners and others.
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