ACA and me: part ii

I was SHOCKED at how much I would pay for a “gold” plan: Less than half of what I was tied to. The BEST plan I saw was $340 for me. I WANTED IT.

ACA reporting: From the first year

“Eighteen percent of the county’s population — about 2,500 people — were uninsured, and rates of diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illnesses have remained some of the highest in the country. The rate of adult obesity is 40 percent, for example, while 31 percent of adults smoke. The unemployment rate is 10 percent, and complications of poverty abound.”

ACA reporting: The proposed bill’s implications

Because the repeal bill will have deep Medicaid cuts and much lower tax credits, it will not come anywhere close to providing comparable coverage to a similar number of people. The repeal bill will shift costs to consumers and cause millions of people to lose their health care coverage.

ACA reporting: parts of it are safe-ish?? according to Boehner

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/23/the-audacious-honesty-of-john-boehner/?tid=hybrid_experimentrandom_3_na&utm_term=.f7bf6aa64c70 and here http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/john-boehner-obamacare-republicans-235303 “Most of the Affordable Care Act, in the framework, is going to stay there: coverage for kids up to age 26, covering those with preexisting conditions. All of that’s going to be there. Subsidies for those who can’t afford it, who aren’t on Medicaid, who I call the working poor, subsidies…

ACA reporting: Aetna and the “death spiral”

“It is in a death spiral,” Bertolini said in a video interview with the Wall Street Journal that aired Wednesday on the newspaper’s website. He predicted that more insurers will drop out of the market for 2018, following Humana Inc.’s decision to quit Obamacare entirely for next year.”

2017 aca stats

During the last two weeks of open enrollment, only 376,000 people signed up for plans in the 39 states that use the federal enrollment website, a sharp contrast from prior years when large numbers of people would flock to the site before the deadline. Last year, in the final week alone, nearly 690,000 people enrolled in Obamacare plans through HealthCare.gov.

feb 2017 ACA

First, Republicans are considering capping the current exclusion for taxing employer-sponsored health benefits. Not only will this raise taxes on Americans, it will reduce the present incentive for employers to continue to provide health insurance to their workers. Second,

ACA and me part i

I looked into insurance options: Could we entice a couple of employees with salary bumps and get them into a bigger group? This wasn’t going to be possible.