A significant problem looms for the Affordable Care Act when the next open enrollment period begins in November, according to many health care experts and media accounts. The administration announced on June 26 that those currently enrolled would be automatically renewed in the same plan for 2015. There is a growing concern this will cause many who received subsidies through the federal exchange to see sharp rises in after-subsidy insurance premiums due to the way subsidies are calculated.
“Many who are auto-enrolled will end up paying more than they needed to for coverage because they will not realize that last year’s best choice won’t be this year’s best choice—either because HealthCare.gov has failed to educate them on this point or because they don’t have hours to squander on the Exchange trying to make price comparisons,” explained Christopher Conover, PhD, a Research Scholar at Duke University’s Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research.
Automatic Renewal =...
One of the things favored by supporters of government-directed medical care is electronic health records. For at least a decade I've been hearing about the supposedly marvelous benefits of storing health records in digital form, and the Obama administration and others have positively gushed about how much money and time will be saved, and how much the quality of care will improve.
Reality has now intruded.
EHRs Don't Save Money or Time, Docs Say
Three-fourths of U.S. physicians who use...
RICHMOND, Va. — In a much-anticipated announcement, Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Sept. 8 laid out a ten-point plan to cover more low-income Virginians’ health needs.
But to the disappointment of his most avid supporters who relied on his 2013 campaign pledge to expand Medicaid, the Democratic governor didn’t go so far as to expand the program unilaterally. McAuliffe had indicated previously he would do “whatever it takes” and hinted he would expand Medicaid through executive action.