Daily Health Care News
Monday, December 9, 2013
High Deductibles Fuel New Worries of Health-Law Sticker Shock
Monday, December 09, 2013; Source: The Wall Street Journal
As enrollment picks up on the HealthCare.gov website, many people with modest incomes are encountering a troubling element of the federal health law: deductibles so steep they may not be able to afford the portion of medical expenses that insurance doesn't cover.
On Health Exchanges, Premiums May Be Low, but Other Costs Can Be High
Monday, December 09, 2013; Source: The New York Times
For months, the Obama administration has heralded the low premiums of medical insurance policies on sale in the insurance exchanges created by the new health law.
Back-End Errors at U.S. Health Website Jeopardize Sign-Up
Monday, December 09, 2013, 12:01 am ET; Source: Bloomberg
There’s no way to tell how many people who think they’ve signed up for health insurance through the U.S. exchange actually have, after about 1 in 4 enrollments sent to insurers from the federal website had garbled included incomplete information.
3 Big Impacts From Obamacare on America's Largest Health Insurers
Saturday, December 07, 2013; Source: The Motley Fool
The launch of Obamacare in October has shaken up American health care in a big way.
Minnesotans Who Think They Signed Up For Health Insurance May Not Be Enrolled
Sunday, December 08, 2013; Source: Kaiser Health News
In the most vivid detail yet, Minnesota's top insurers have laid out a list of technological problems that they say may keep people who've enrolled in a health plan from being covered on Jan. 1.
Insurance Agents Feel Left Out of Obamacare
Sunday, December 08, 2013, 12:49 pm ET; Source: USA Today
When insurance agent Kelly Fristoe recently spent 30 minutes helping a client pick a mid-level health plan and the federal marketplace website froze, he called the government's hotline and tried to finish the application.
Iowa Insurer Pokes Fun at Federal Website in Ads
Sunday, December 08, 2013; Source: Associated Press
The television ads show a series of medical mishaps: a man kicking the wrong leg in a reflex check, a urine sample bottle that won't open for a frustrated patient and a blood pressure cuff letting out a strange noise when the doctor presses the plastic bulb.
Obamacare Facts: Why You Can't Afford to Pick the Wrong Plan
Sunday, December 08, 2013; Source: The Motley Fool
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, has drawn criticism from those arguing that premiums will go up under the law.
No, You Can't Keep Your Drugs Either Under Obamacare
Monday, December 09, 2013, 7:22 am ET; Source: Forbes
If you like your medicines, you may not be able to keep them under Obamacare.
Small Businesses Can Save With Health Care Tax Credit
Monday, December 09, 2013, 8:10 am ET; Source: USA Today
Small businesses can claim a larger tax benefit for providing health care to employees, beginning with the 2014 tax year.
Pharmaceutical and Bio Tech
Pfizer Rejected by Top Court on Neurontin Marketing Suits
Monday, December 09, 2013, 9:33 am ET; Source: Bloomberg
The U.S. Supreme Court left intact a $142 million award against Pfizer Inc. and let two similar suits go forward with claims that the drugmaker defrauded insurers by illegally marketing its Neurontin epilepsy drug.
Doctor, Nurse Vacancies Soar Amid Obamacare Rollout
Sunday, December 08, 2013, 9:01 am ET; Source: Forbes
Doctor and nurse vacancies are approaching nearly 20 percent at hospitals as these facilities prepare to be inundated by millions of patients who have the ability to pay for medical care thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
Policy and Regulatory
The Irony Is That Obama's 'Like Your Plan' Fiasco Will Make It Difficult To Repeal Obamacare
Monday, December 09, 2013, 12:15 am ET; Source: Forbes
President Obama’s credibility has taken a significant hit since it became clear to the public that his signature promise—that “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan”—turned out to be dishonest.
The Latest Round of Obamacare Lawsuits: A Primer
Monday, December 09, 2013; Source: National Constitution Center
Although the Supreme Court upheld the centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act more than a year ago, last week the second round of legal challenges to Obamacare made their prime-time debut.
Obama's Arm Twister is Back—But Will Dems Listen?
Saturday, December 07, 2013, 9:19 pm ET; Source: The Fiscal Times
President Obama had persuaded Phil Schiliro, his former chief congressional liaison, to come back to the White House to manage the implementation of Obamacare.
Hospitals and Health Systems
New Affordable Care US Health Plans will Exclude Top Hospitals
Sunday, December 08, 2013, 5:51 pm ET; Source: The Financial Times
Americans who are buying insurance plans over online exchanges, under what is known as Obamacare, will have limited access to some of the nation’s leading hospitals, including two world-renowned cancer centres.