May 5, 2013
The biggest changes in health insurance in a generation are set to take effect this year and next. Robert I. Field, a law and public health professor at Drexel University, answers questions about the changes stemming from the health law. Insurance exchanges are coming. What are they? An exchange is a marketplace where you can buy health insurance for you and your family. Most people will access them online, but there will be offices for those who prefer human contact.
April 23, 2013 |
CHICAGO - It has been 60 years since doctors concluded that addiction was a disease that could be treated, but today the condition still dwells on the fringes of the medical community. Only one cent of every health-care dollar in the United States goes to addiction, and few alcoholics and drug addicts get care. One huge barrier, say many experts, has been a lack of health insurance. But that barrier crumbles in less than a year. In a major break with the past, 3 million to 5 million people with drug and alcohol problems - from homeless drug addicts to working moms who drink too much - suddenly will become eligible for insurance coverage under the new health-care overhaul.
March 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A new study finds insurance companies will have to pay out an average of 32 percent more for medical claims on individual health policies under President Obama's health-care overhaul. That could mean higher premiums for at least some Americans - those who are uninsured or who buy policies directly from an insurance company. But for those with an employer plan, like most workers and their families, odds are they won't have much to worry about. The administration is questioning the Society of Actuaries' study, saying that it doesn't give a full picture - and that costs will go down.
March 1, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - The pressure on Gov. Corbett to expand the state's Medicaid rolls is no longer only geographic; it's now coming from within his own party. First there was Gov. Christie's announcement Tuesday that New Jersey would join other Pennsylvania neighbors - New York, Maryland, and Ohio - by opting in on the Medicaid expansion made available to all states under the Affordable Care Act. Now the heat is coming from some of Corbett's fellow Republicans in the state legislature.
January 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Governors who reject health insurance for the poor under the federal health care overhaul could wind up in a politically awkward position on immigration: A quirk in the law means some U.S. citizens would be forced to go without coverage, while legal immigrants residing in the same state could still get it. It's an unintended consequence of how last year's Supreme Court decision changed the Medicaid provisions of President Obama's health...
January 12, 2013 |
A judge on Friday rejected claims by the Mennonite owners of a Lancaster County furniture maker that new federal health-care mandates violate their free-speech and religion rights by making them pay for employees' contraceptive services. In a 34-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg said the owners of Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. did not prove that complying with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act amounted to a "substantial burden" on their religious rights or that they qualified as a "religious employer" for an exemption.
December 16, 2012
Wrong policy The editorial "Better to accept health law" (Sunday) says, "There's is no denying that Obamacare is the right policy. " The right policy for whom? Insurance companies? Big Pharma? Both are getting enormous taxpayer subsidies through the Affordable Care Act, but working Pennsylvanians will never see from these poor policies the affordable and high-quality health care they deserve. Two years after Obamacare became law, families have seen premiums for insurance coverage increase by 24 percent since 2008, or $3,065, when the president promised premiums would drop by $2,500.
December 11, 2012 |
Rose Wang looks at her staff of 70 employees and wonders whether she'll have to lay off some of them to comply with the health-care law. Wang, owner of Binary Group Inc., an information-technology firm in Alexandria, Va., is one of many small-business owners who will be required to provide health insurance for her staffers under a provision of the law that goes into effect Jan. 1. Wang already provides insurance, but she's worried because she...
December 9, 2012
Gov. Corbett looks more and more like a stubborn holdout against covering the health-care needs of 600,000 low-income Pennsylvanians under Obamacare. His excuse is that he needs more data on the state's costs for the safety net. Lodging similar dollars-and-cents objections Wednesday, Gov. Christie vetoed legislation that would launch an online health insurance marketplace for New Jersey residents. Christie, too, wants to crunch more numbers. All in all, on this issue, the two governors are sounding like they might fit in better in some place like the Show Me State.