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Affordable Care Act Refutes Cost Prediction

Saturday, 18 October 2014 18:02
EmailPrint Washington — Business groups said soon after the health-care act became law in 2010 that the sweeping health-care overhaul would impose huge new costs on U.S. employers, leading to job losses. Three years later, with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in effect, none of the most dire predictions has come to pass. Insurance premiums for companies that offer health benefits increased less than 3 percent this year, the lowest rate in 16…
Enrollment for Obamacare is right around the corner
Saturday, 18 October 2014 15:16
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Open enrollment for health care under the Affordable Care Act begins Nov. 15. Walker, Burke answer questions before electionAttorney general candidates respond to questionsRon Johnson: US should restrict travel from Africa
Health Industry Cashes In One Year After Rocky Obamacare Rollout
Saturday, 18 October 2014 04:41
Even after the disastrous rollout of the healthcare.gov web site a year ago, health insurance companies and providers of medical care are reporting more promising profits as third quarter earnings emerge. Although the next enrollment period for uninsured Americans seeking coverage from government-run exchanges under the Affordable Care Act doesn’t begin until next month, individuals are still signing up for the expanded Medicaid insurance for poor Americans under the health law in droves.
Reporting on healthcare when it’s politically hot or not
Friday, 17 October 2014 15:34
How should reporters cover healthcare when the Affordable Care Act is no longer a hot political story? It’s an essential question, touched on recently in a Wall Street Journalcolumn by Drew Altman, head of the Kaiser Family Foundation and founder of Kaiser Health News. “As the ACA’s political story diminishes and implementation proceeds across the US,” he wrote, “disentangling the complex story of the healthcare law’s impact becomes both more important and more challenging.
FHC receives ACA grants
Friday, 17 October 2014 13:45
Orangeburg-based Family Health Centers Inc. is among the state’s community health centers receiving Affordable Care Act grant funds to expand primary care services. Sixth District Congressman James Clyburn recently announced that South Carolina received more than $4.6 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to expand primary care services. FHC received $252,102 from the grant. It is given to increase access to comprehensive primary health care services by hiring staff, extending hours…
Unable to meet the deductible or the doctor
Friday, 17 October 2014 09:05
Patricia Wanderlich got insurance through the Affordable Care Act this year, and with good reason: She suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2011, spending weeks in a hospital intensive care unit, and has a second, smaller aneurysm that needs monitoring. But her new plan has a $6,000 annual deductible, meaning that Wanderlich, who works part time at a landscaping company outside Chicago, has to pay for most of her medical services up to that amount.
Indiana push to cut ER visits sees mixed results
Friday, 17 October 2014 05:20
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Emergency room visits to Indiana hospitals are climbing at some facilities despite the federal health care overhaul that was supposed to reduce them. The Affordable Care Act was designed to reduce unneeded ER trips because patients with insurance could afford to get care before their condition became a crisis, the Indianapolis Business Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1sSG0Pu ).
Guest: How to understand options for senior care
Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:41
IMAGINE buying a product for thousands of dollars and not knowing how the product benefits you. This is what consumers are doing when it comes to making health-care decisions for some seniors. Their options are muddled and this means seniors aren’t getting the care they need and deserve. As the head of a Seattle-based senior health-care provider, my staff and I see families every day as they try to navigate the uncharted territory of how…
Spike In ER, Hospital Use Short-Lived After Calif. Medicaid Expansion
Thursday, 16 October 2014 08:08
ii One rationale for extending Medicaid coverage to more people is to help them get to a doctor or clinic before a minor illness becomes a medical emergency.
Media Contacts
Thursday, 16 October 2014 05:27
Source: Heartland Insurance affordability was the great promise of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) when he signed the law in 2010. On the campaign trail in 2008 President Obama promised his plan would “lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year.” Four years later, Obama still touts the savings for Americans from his law, claiming his signature legislation is making health care premiums more affordable.
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