In a new poll, 70% of emergency physicians say that patients with health insurance are delaying seeking emergency medical care because of high deductibles, co-pays and co-insurance. Supporters of the so-called Cadillac Tax on expensive health care plans say increases in out-of-pocket requirements are a good thing that will lead to a decrease in unnecessary care. But research suggests the tax, which goes into effect in 2018 as part of the Affordable Care Act, also will result in people who are sick getting fewer health care services they need to get healthy or manage their illnesses.
For people without health insurance, Feb. 15 is the deadline to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If you haven’t enrolled and are confused by the many options and plans available from dozens of insurance companies, Working America—our community affiliate for people without a union—is ready to help you navigate the system and find the best option for you and your family.
The Working America Health Care program gives you access to licensed professionals who can help you weigh the health plan options in the Health Insurance Marketplace (aka HealthCare.gov) to determine what's best for you and your family.
Some 1 million workers could lose their employer-provided health insurance under a Republican bill (H.R. 30) passed by the House (252-172, with 12 Democrats crossing the aisle.) today. On top of stripping health care coverage from those workers, the bill also would add some $53.2 billion to the federal deficit over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Runaway executive pay at health insurance companies will no longer be subsidized by taxpayers, thanks to a little-known provision in the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare. The provision, which lowered the tax break for executive pay to $500,000 for health insurers, yielded the federal government about $72 million in additional revenue in 2013, according to a new report by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), “The Obamacare Prescription for Bloated CEO Pay.”
California patients would have greater access to doctors and hospitals of their choice and the state’s non-profit hospitals would be held more accountable in documenting their charity care and community benefits under two bills strongly backed by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU).
Workers who thought their employers might be incentivized to provide health care coverage by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are out of luck if a bill that just passed the House (248-179) makes it any further.
The ACA imposes penalties on larger employers that do not offer affordable, adequate health care coverage to employees who work 30 hours a week or more.