BlueChoice HealthPlan and BlueCross BlueShield of SC are pleased to announce that effective Jan. 1, 2017, Blue Option members now have full access for covered services at the University Hospital in Augusta, GA, and approximately 420 of its affiliated physicians and providers.
(Bloomberg) — Aetna Inc.’s $37 billion deal to buy rival insurer Humana Inc. was blocked by a federal judge, thwarting one of two large mergers that would reshape the U.S. healthcare landscape. Aetna said it was considering an appeal.
The link below is to a very interesting website called Fair Health. It allows you to calculate your potential costs if you go out of network.
We will hear about the “repeal and replacement of ObamaCare” everyday for a while. Not much as actually happened yet, and I will discuss that later in this post.
The insurance Brokers Lobbying group is active, seeking “the preservation and enhancement of the employer-sponsored insurance group and health insurance marketplace.” They point out that ObamaCare “… has a million moving pieces and lots of potential implications and intended consequences – and potential unintended consequences – depending on which replacement plan you’re looking at.”
It appears that the administration has thrown everything on the table – including age 26 coverage, pre-existing conditions, and other popular benefits. Meanwhile, its clear what needs to be addressed:
What has happened?
Essentially the action so far, on the morning of January 25, has to be to provide wide latitude to federal agencies to “change, delay or waive” parts of ObamaCare.Here are links to this weeks ObamaCare news… this appears to be a temporary measure to give them time to come up with a replacement plan. The concern is “They warn that effectively gutting the mandate – or even suggesting to consumers that they won’t face any penalty for not buying coverage – could unravel the individual insurance market and prompt insurers not to offer plans in 2018. That could lead to 20 million Americans losing coverage next year.”