Why is individual medical insurance and employer-sponsored group health coverage so expensive? Although healthcare expenditures in the past few years have slowed because of the great recession, health plan premiums continue to rise each year. Is there any end in sight? Can I find inexpensive health insurance? While the new healthcare law of 2010 was very effective at addressing access to medical insurance and patient protection, it did little to control what the private sector pays for healthcare goods and services, and [...]Read More » Authored by Pete S - Sr. Staff Writer in General Provisions - New Healthcare Law, General Topics - Healthcare, Health Saving Accounts, High Deductible Medical Insurance | Comments Off
Welcome to the New Healthcare Law Center and State News
The new healthcare law, called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), represents comprehensive healthcare reform legislation signed into law on March 23, 2010. It contains numerous provisions designed to protect consumers and promote low cost medical insurance, including many new taxes to pay for the cost.
In this section of the site, you can also obtain the following information specific to your state: available medical insurance options, efforts to regulate medical insurance premiums, healthcare, the individual medical insurance marketplace and the new healthcare law.
Our objective is to help Americans make sense of the new healthcare law by explaining key provisions in plain English and assisting individuals, families and the self-employed in using this information to find and secure affordable medical insurance.
Social Security recipients will be receiving an increase of 3.6% in benefits beginning in 2012. There are currently 55 million Social Security recipients. This is the first cost of living adjustment or “COLA” since 2009. The increase could provide a modest boost to consumer spending which may help the ailing economy. Automatic increases in Social Security benefits are tied to inflation, which was low during the past several years. In the last 12 months, rising prices were enough to justify the 3.6% increase. Many [...]Read More » Authored by Allan Z - Founder Editor in General Topics - Healthcare | Comments Off
Primary-care physician shortage in the United States is fundamentally changing the way many of us get much of our healthcare. Nurses with advanced degrees, physician assistants and clinics are taking a more prominent role in primary care, seeing many cases once handled by the family doctor. As 32 million more Americans gain health insurance by 2014 under federal health-care reform, these non-physician health providers will play an ever expanding role, experts say. The Arizona Republic reports that economics are driving [...]Read More » Authored by Allan Z - Founder Editor in General Topics - Healthcare | Comments Off