Medicare for All

Its clear that Bernie Sanders is making “Medicare for All” the keystone in his push for the 2020 Democratic Nomination. The topic of guaranteeing health care for all Americans is popular so its a smart move on his part, and makes for easy sound bites. “Together we are going to end the international embarrassment of the United States of America, …

I have ObamaCare and still can afford medical care

While for those receiving a substantial subsidy, ObamaCare can be pretty good – A recent Harvard University shows the failure of ObamaCare for the masses: “Despite the Affordable Care Act’s much-touted expansion of health coverage in the U.S., a first-ever poll of America’s seriously ill demonstrates that insurance alone isn’t enough to protect against the high cost of care. The …

Obmacare back in the courts

Three pending lawsuits have the potential to directly affect health plans and the individuals we serve: Texas v. U.S.: As we have reported, 20 states’ Attorneys General have alleged Congress’s repeal of the individual mandate effective as of 2019 means the remainder of the ACA is unconstitutional. The Court heard oral arguments earlier this month and is expected to issue its …

Texas recoups $839 MM from illegal Obamacare tax

AG Paxton Wins Multistate Obamacare Tax Lawsuit, Recoups Over $839 Million, Including Nearly $305 Million For Texas Taxpayers MARTY SMITH / STL News Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today commended a U.S. District Court decision ordering the Internal Revenue Service to repay Texas and five other states more than $839 million because of an unlawful Obamacare tax on state Medicaid …

Rate Increases in New York

Rate Increases have started to come out for NY Small group and individuals for January 1, 2019.  Note that these are requests, not approvals.  That won’t happen until sometime in the fall.  Also note that these are averages across all that companies products. With the elimination of the individual mandate under ObamaCare, the individual market is getting very large increases.  …

New Exemptions to ObamaCare Released

“The Trump administration announced Monday that those who live in counties with no insurer or with only one choice will be able to apply for a hardship exemption from the mandate, which requires nearly all Americans to get health insurance or pay a penalty.” according to an article in CNN Money. This means that 26% of Americans will be able …

30% higher premiums, lower enrollment.

In the not-exactly-a-shock category, this newsbit from Reuters: (Reuters) – About 11.8 million consumers nationwide enrolled in 2018 Obamacare exchange plans, a 3 percent drop from last year when 12.2 million consumers signed up, according to a final government tally released on Tuesday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The tally includes both sign-ups on the exchange run …

There is still a penalty for not having insurance…

Just a reminder that, while recent legislation did eliminate the penalty, it does not take affect until 2019. Employer penalties in 2018 are at elast $2320 after the first tirty employees. The individual Penalty is $695 for each adult and $347.50 for each child, up to $2,085 per family, or 2.5% of family income above the federal tax filing threshold, …

Why LI Hospital Mergers make it harder…

A recent article in Newsday points out that there is only 1 independent hospital left on the island – Brookhaven Medical Center, now know as the Long Island Medical Center. “Hospitals are combining nationwide. There were 78 hospital deals in the United States in 2017, in which 216 hospitals, with a total of 27,386 beds, were acquired, said Lisa Phillips, editor …