Scammers exploit the confusion over new health insurance law

One of the more controversial and confusing provisions of the law, and one that con artists might try to exploit, is the provision that requires most Americans to maintain “minimum essential” health insurance coverage. A just-released Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that about half of respondents do not understand how the law will affect their […]

Most health care records now are electronic

The iPad is displaying a patient’s chart using Allscripts Sunrise Mobile MD, an iPad app for physicians in a hospital setting.(Photo: Unknown) SHARECONNECT 128 TWEETCOMMENTEMAILMORE An ever-expanding amount of the nation’s medical records — millions of prescriptions, medical reports and appointment reminders — are now computerized and part of an ambitious electronic medical records program, […]

Insurers Test Drive New Health Plans

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Delay of new health law could help job market

An employment sign in the window of a Steve Madden shoe store in Pasadena, Calif., in June.(Photo: Kevork Djansezian Getty Images) The job market could get a modest boost from the Obama administration’s decision to give large employers a one-year extension to provide health coverage to their employees or face fines. Some consultants and economists […]

Health-Law Penalty Delay Clouds Individual Mandate

Article Excerpt Health-Law Penalty Delay Clouds Individual Mandate BY LOUISE RADNOFSKY, ANNA WILDE MATHEWS AND CHRISTOPHER WEAVER The Obama administration’s surprise decision to delay penalties for some employers who don’t offer health insurance led to a new debate Wednesday over whether the move could undermine efforts to expand access to health insurance for individuals. Supporters […]

Colorado Struggles to Educate, Enroll Residents in New Health Insurance …

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JEFFREY BROWN: Next: spreading the word about the new health reform law. It’s a crucial challenge for the federal government and states, creating so-called insurance exchanges. Last week, an independent arm of Congress, the Government Accountability Office, reported that work is running behind. Yesterday, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told reporters she still believes seven million […]

Health insurance tax ‘scares the daylights’ out of some small-business owners

Meanwhile, the provision exempts health-insurance plans that are set up and operated by businesses themselves (the self-insured market). Revenue from the tax will help pay for the health-care overhaul, which is expected to extend coverage to millions of uninsured or underinsured Americans. However, because most large corporations self-insure their workforce, experts warn that insurance companies […]

Beware of Hysteria Over New Health-Insurance Rates

Last month, Maryland made public the premiums that health insurers want to charge next year under the Affordable Care Act, one of the first states to do so. Premiums for non-employer health-insurance coverage were eye-popping, with a proposed average increase of 25 percent. As insurers submit their proposals in every state this spring, a pattern […]