Month: September 2011

Barack Obama to unveil $3 trillion deficit-cutting plan

By Carrie Budoff Brown & Jennifer Epstein, Politico

President Barack Obama will release a plan Monday to cut the federal deficit by $3 trillion over the next decade, drawing half the savings from new tax revenue and sparing Medicare recipients from having to wait longer to collect benefits, senior administration officials said Sunday.

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The Truth About the Texas High Risk Pool

Great information came in from a Dr. Radio listener about The Texas High Risk Pool (for those who cannot get health insurance because of preexisting conditions).

For those who were listening to the show on Thursday, Sept.15th we had a caller who said the pool was easy to access and open to anyone who is denied insurance for a preexisting condition.  Thus the only reason 24% of Texans lack health insurance (the highest rate in the nation) is by personal choice. 

Our listener told us the following: the enrollment is not even 40,000 it is 26-27,000.

Premiums for a 50-year old female, non-smoker are $907 per month with a $2500 deductible, a $250 prescription deductible, 20% coinsurance and a $4000 annual out-of-pocket (additional to the deductible – not including it) making this an approximately $15,000 policy.  Also, the premiums rise every 6 months.  In Dec 2008, premiums for her started at $634 per month. In less than 3 years, there’s been a 43% increase in premiums.  Most people who enter the risk pool cannot stay in for very long.  It is simply unaffordable not because they chose to stay out of it.

The key in healthcare is to make sure you know the facts.  It’s ok for Governor Perry from Texas to want to repeal healthcare reform – as all the Republican candidates are saying – but we should be demanding them to explain to us their proposals as an alternative.  Simply maintaining the status quo seems high dangerous for all of us who will someday rely on the healthcare system and Medicare and for the United States financial health in general.

Medicare Advantage Premiums To Fall 4% Next Year

By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News

Dire predictions by insurers and Republicans that the 2010 health law would cause private Medicare health plans to raise prices and lower benefits on beneficiaries have turned out to be a false alarm — at least for now.

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Rick Perry must be the front-runner: Everyone attacks him

By Jackie Kucinich and Susan Page, USA Today

TAMPA – At a raucous, Tea Party-fueled debate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry proved his freshly minted front-runner status: Mitt Romney blasted him on Social Security, Rick Santorum on immigration and Michele Bachmann on a controversial executive order he signed as governor.

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Court Blocks Suit Against Health Law

By Robert Pear, The New York Times

A federal appellate court in Richmond, Va., on Thursday threw out a pair of cases challenging the constitutionality of President Obama’s 2010 health care law, ruling for varying reasons that the plaintiffs did not have legal standing to sue.

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Doctor Fees Major Factor in Health Costs, Study Says

By Robert Pear, The New York Times

Doctors are paid higher fees in the United States than in several other countries, and this is a major factor in the nation’s higher overall cost of health care, says a new study by two Columbia University professors, one of whom is now a top health official in the Obama administration.

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Romney Lays Out His Economic Plan

By Ashley Parker and Motoko Rich, The New York Times

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Mitt Romney unveiled his plan to rejuvenate the American economy here Tuesday, offering a detailed outline that includes repealing President Obama’s health care law, cutting the corporate tax rate, placing sanctions on China as a currency manipulator and immediately reducing taxes on savings and investment by the middle class — and promised to push many of these policies on his first day in the Oval Office.

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Pre-existing Conditions Exclusions

When HealthCare Reform goes into full effect starting January 1, 2014 no healthplan, either sold privately or through the …

Health Insurance Exchange Markets: What You Need To Know

By Susan E. Matthews, Everyday Health Staff Writer MONDAY, September 30, 2013 — Congress may still be debating particulars …

Important healthcare benefit information for federal employees

  Federal Employee Health Benefits and Healthcare Reform As it stands today only those federal employees who are members …