In the months leading up to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the rhetoric on both sides of the issue became provocative, and in some cases, inflammatory. While this kind of partisan back and forth is not always productive, it is pretty much expected in the midst of a heated political debate. When this debate turned ugly, Americans looked to the news media to provide unbiased information and to explain provisions in the proposed law without a partisan lens.
Carrie Fitzgerald, an advocate for children and families in Iowa, was frustrated by health insurance premiums continually increasing for Iowans in the individual market.
Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield dominates 80 percent of the market in Iowa. Just a year after they raised premiums by an average of 18 percent, they announced last fall that premiums would again be increasing: this time by an average of 11 percent.
Attorneys General from a handful of states want to repeal the new health care law to gain political points. These opponents of reform want to undo all the hard-won benefits achieved by the passage of the Affordable Care Act and dismantle the myriad consumer protections the bill has put in place for hard-working American families and businesses.
This post was written by Valerie Arkoosh, MD, MPH, President of the National Physicians Alliance.
A man falls off the roof while cleaning the gutters. His wife, panic-stricken, hops in the car and speeds down the highway to get him medical attention as quickly as possible while her husband writhes in pain. She thinks his arm is broken, but he also hit his head, so she’s worried about further injuries. The closest hospital is ten minutes away, so she heads there.
The most significant improvements to the quality and safety of long-term care in the last 20 years were included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). But few people are aware of these changes because they have been overshadowed by all the controversy and misinformation that has surrounded the enactment of the comprehensive health reform law. Simply put, these provisions will improve the lives of millions of seniors and people with disabilities—and they deserve attention.
No matter your political affiliation or economic philosophy, most everyone can agree that small businesses play a major role in the growth and sustainability of the American economy. According to the Small Business Majority, the small business community:
“[I]ncludes 6 million small employers with 43 million employees and nearly 22 million self-employed people… Together, these entrepreneurs and other small business owners innovate, grow the economy and create jobs.”
The Department of Health and Human Services announced late last week that 6.3 million Medicare beneficiaries have saved a total of $6.1 billion on their prescription drug coverage since the enactment of Affordable Care Act in 2010.
Despite months of "the sky is falling" predictions from health reform’s opponents, Medicare Part D beneficiaries will not see huge increases in Medicare Part D premiums next year.
Most of us know what a surplus is: When you have more of something than you need. And you’re probably wondering what that has to do with health care? According to a new report by the Consumer Union, seven out of 10 of Blue Cross Blue Shield’s nonprofit plans that were studied in a sample have been stockpiling a surplus of cash, all the while continuing to significantly increase premiums for many consumers in the private market.