January 24, 2014 |
MOBILE, Ala. - Oklahoma corner Aaron Colvin crumpled at the end of a one-on-one passing drill in Tuesday afternoon's South team Senior Bowl practice. In the stands, Colvin's agent, Ken Sarnoff, immediately feared the worst. Sarnoff worked his way down to the field, where an orthopedist on hand already was manipulating Colvin's right knee. It felt loose. Quickly, Colvin was loaded into a car for transport to an MRI clinic. Sarnoff jumped into his rental car and the caravan sped off. "It's the most devastating thing I've experienced in 16 years in the business," Sarnoff said yesterday from Pensacola, Fla., where he accompanied Colvin to the clinic of famed surgeon Dr. James Andrews.
January 23, 2014 |
Paige Wolf has been buying health insurance from Independence Blue Cross for years. So when the self-employed public relations professional learned that she could buy a top-of-the-line platinum plan for less than her old policy, she was ecstatic. But her good fortune turned to frustration when the Center City woman didn't receive an invoice for her new plan. She went on Independence's Facebook page to vent. Then she received an e-mail scan of an overdue notice for her January bill, with her doctor's address on it, not hers.
January 19, 2014 |
The breakdown of last week's Affordable Care Act enrollment totals showed that a significant number of consumers bought insurance in December, making up some of the ground lost after the error-plagued launch of the healthcare.gov website. The big question now is whether the ACA will carry the momentum into the new year. The law will rise or fall on whether it meets the needs of consumers, especially healthy, younger ones. A program with too few members or one overloaded with older, sicker people would lead to more expensive plans, causing the program to stall and even shrivel.
January 17, 2014 |
THE FREE LIBRARY of Philadelphia is providing some TLC to help city residents navigate the ACA. That's the Affordable Care Act, the country's new health-insurance system, which many users nationwide have reported is difficult to navigate. "The library is here to help customers in nearly every aspect of their life," said Siobhan A. Reardon, president and director of the Free Library. "And that now includes navigating the Affordable Care Act. " To help meet that need, 33 of the Free Library's staff members were trained as certified application counselors by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
January 17, 2014
TWO recent economic experiments tell us a good deal about the priorities of young Americans. They want marijuana, and they're not so crazy about Obamacare. First, the pot. Colorado essentially legalized the drug Jan. 1. There are lines around the block, most outlets are already sold out, and the price has shot up to $400 an ounce. A quick look at photos of those lined up for pot tells you they're exactly the kind of people Obamacare needs. Most experts agree that Obamacare would work best if the so-called young invincibles would agree to buy insurance.
January 11, 2014 |
Josh Blackman is a young, conservative law professor who has been getting plenty of attention for his history of the legal fight over Obamacare. Legal experts across the spectrum, including Harvard University's Lawrence Tribe and Georgetown University Law Center's Randy Barnett, a leading libertarian, have heaped praise on Blackman's book, Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare . It provides a granular account of how...
January 10, 2014
M ASON REINER, 36, and Dr. Randy Robinson, 41, both of Elkins Park, are co-founders and CEO and chief medical officer, respectively, of R-Health. The Center City startup, launched in October, charges a monthly membership fee that enables individuals, employers, unions and small businesses to see primary-care doctors without co-pays or deductibles administered through a health insurer. I spoke with Reiner, who is a Wharton School graduate and serial entrepreneur. Q: Where did you get the money to start the business?
January 9, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D., Phila.) wants the Obama administration to reject Gov. Corbett's proposal to provide health insurance to those newly eligible for Medicaid through private insurers. In a letter to President Obama on Tuesday, Hughes writes that had Pennsylvania expanded its Medicaid rolls, as two dozen other states have, roughly 500,000 people would have had insurance coverage Jan. 1, and the state would have received $400 million in federal subsidies to pay for it. Hughes said the Corbett proposal - which requires recipients to pay premiums and engage in a work search - is "fraught with serious problems" and leaves the working poor with no options for insurance until next year.
January 6, 2014 |
You may or may not think it's fair that your credit history could play a key role in setting your auto-insurance premiums - a long-running debate in insurance regulation, though a battle that insurers so far appear to have won. Only a handful of states - California, Massachusetts, and Hawaii - have limited credit scores' use in insurance pricing. If you pay bills promptly and have a top credit score, you likely benefit. But you suffer if you occasionally fall short, which is why groups such as the Consumer Federation of America contend that the practice discriminates against low- and middle-income drivers.
January 4, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Philadelphians will have the chance Friday to comment on Gov. Corbett's controversial proposal to expand health coverage for low-income residents using federal money to pay for private insurance. Nearly 90 people are scheduled to testify at the all-day hearing at the National Constitution Center on Corbett's "HealthyPA" plan, which would let about 500,000 uninsured residents buy health insurance on the private market rather than expanding Medicaid rolls, as other states have done.