Month: January 2012

‘Romneycare,’ meet ‘Obamacare’

By Kate Nocera, POLITICO

It’s something supporters of President Barack Obama’s health reform law will say again and again: The health care overhaul put into place in Massachusetts by Mitt Romney is the big (but smaller) sister of the federal law. His rivals for the Republican presidential nomination like to say it, too

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Medigap Coverage rules: in follow up the Healthcare Connect caller

You cannot be denied enrollment in an Medicare Advantage plan due to a pre-existing condition, unless you have end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Read more here.

On the Medigap side…You are guaranteed the right to purchase a Medigap policy during the first 6 months you become eligible for Part B (unless you are younger than 65 and have end-stage renal disease). Read more here. After the six months you may be required to take a health assessment which could drive costs up and may even be denied coverage.

Supreme Court holds the fate of Medicaid

By J.Lester Feder

Two cases before the Supreme Court have the potential to effectively do what Republican lawmakers have tried and failed: transform Medicaid into a block grant program for states with few enforceable federal rules about how they provide health coverage for the poor.

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Recession Holds Down Health Spending

By Robert Pear, The New York Times

WASHINGTON — National health spending rose a slight 3.9 percent in 2010, as Americans delayed hospital care, doctor’s visits and prescription drug purchases for the second year in a row, the Obama administration reported Monday.

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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 …