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.
Many of you have sent in questions about how the new health care law will affect you and your family. We’ve compiled answers for select questions to our experts in a short series to help you navigate changes to the health care system. Here's the latest:
I have been unemployed since December 2008, and my husband works for a very small company with 5-6 employees that does not offer healthcare. Will health reform mandate all employers, regardless of size, to provide healthcare?
Small businesses are a vital component of the American economy: They drive both innovation and job creation. With nearly 4.8 million businesses across the country, you’re likely to know someone employed by one, someone who runs one, or be a part of one yourself.
It is clear that many small businesses are less financially able to provide health coverage for their workers than larger businesses. More than half of the uninsured in our nation are small business owners, employees, or their families.
Two men with the same resume apply for a job. The only difference between them is that one is white and the other is black. They should have the same chance of getting that job, right?
Many Americans today are not getting the check-ups that they need, and we know that focusing on early detection and prevention saves lives. So the White House, along with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, are making an investment in preventive care.
This week, Michelle Obama, Jill Biden, and Kathleen Sebelius announced new regulations around prevention, which were made available as a result of health reform.
For a lot of women, being pregnant is an exciting time filled with anticipation, baby showers, and nursery decorations. But for lower-income women who don’t have access to affordable health care, pregnancy—and the health complications that sometimes come with it—can be downright scary.
According to a new report by Families USA, “many low-income women face barriers to getting the health care they need.” And shockingly,
Everyone is feeling the pinch of the recession, but none more so than the states facing severe budget deficits. Many states are heading into the fiscal year, which started July 1, with strained budgets:
At the end of June, the Administration issued a series of regulations under the Affordable Care Act to implement a new Patients’ Bill of Rights. The goal of these new regulations is to form stronger consumer protections in the private insurance market and to finally put American consumers back in charge of their health coverage. One of the most egregious insurance practices that will be prohibited is the unfair rescission of insurance coverage after a person has been paying premiums.
Dr. Donald Berwick was sworn in today as the new Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Without a leader since 2006, the appointment of Dr. Berwick is a long-awaited addition to the federal agency. Dr. Berwick is widely known as a pioneer in the field of health care quality. The American Medical Association announced its support for Berwick weeks ago, stating,
When it comes to Medicare, we heard it all during the debate over health reform: Death panels! Rationing! Obama wants to kill granny! The rumors and scare tactics were so ridiculous, sometimes it was difficult to understand how anyone could believe them. But now that Americans are beginning to see the benefits of reform, it’s time we put the rumors to rest and start focusing on how the new law is improving health care across the country.