Insurers in Maine are proposing to raise individual health plan premiums by as much as 22 percent to cover rising costs imposed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
If the Maine Bureau of Insurance approves the rate increases insurers have proposed, premiums will rise between 14 and 23 percent for individual plans sold in the state, Insurance Journal reported in May. The premium hikes would begin in January 2017.
State Sen. Andre Cushing (R-Newport) says individuals in Maine and other states are paying more than necessary because of structural flaws in the ACA.
“It is designed to overpromise and under-deliver,” Cushing said. “We suddenly have millions of Americans accessing what is being portrayed as ‘free’ health care from the government, putting a tremendous burden on the system. Compounding the problem is the rising cost of health care. It’s no surprise that the system is unsustainable, and those who pay for their own health care insurance are going to be...
Contact lens providers could be fined up to $40,000 per violation for filling prescriptions without first verifying them with prescribers by a modified verification process that could prolong patients’ wait times, if Congress passes a bill under consideration by the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.
Under current law, prescriptions are considered to be automatically verified when a seller of contact lenses who has requested verification of a customer’s prescription...
Consumer Power Report #512
A husband-and-wife team of doctors is turning its slice of Hawaii’s health care system into a luau.
The strategy: Pool their knowledge of two schools of patient care and offer patients membership in the state’s first direct primary care (DPC) practice.
Dr. Michelle Suber is a naturopathic physician, professional dance instructor, and mother of daughters aged 7 and 3, West Hawaii Today reported in June. Suber also founded a middle school that “cultivates the...