Posts Tagged ‘Affordable Care Act’

Did Medicaid Expansion Help with Bariatric Surgery?

October 16, 2021 — A decade ago, Medicaid expansion was supposed to be a real winner for better access to care. It was a sweet deal for states adopting it. Yet our polarized politics have meant that even now, after a decade, some states are still dragging their feet. That leaves two million people from 12 states in limbo […]

Rollback of Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions Is Dead

November 8, 2018 — It’s been an ugly election season. Many issues divide our government sharply. But on one point, both Democrats and Republicans seem to agree now. They won’t roll back health insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions. It’s a stroke of good news for people living with obesity. Because it used to be that getting affordable […]

Health Insurance: New Rules, Higher Costs, Less Coverage

April 13, 2018 — You might have thought that all the news this week was about Syria and the FBI. You would be wrong. While everyone else was focused on those lovely distractions, CMS was busy issuing new rules for health insurance. The net effect is hard to predict. But broadly speaking, you can expect to see higher costs […]

Three Views: Health, Costs, and Obesity

June 22, 2016 — Though total health costs have risen more slowly than expected since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), they remain high and continue rising. Why? What is the role of obesity and its complications? For perspective, BenefitsPRO.com recently consulted with three diverse health industry professionals, including ConscienHealth Founder Ted Kyle. Investment in Prevention. Marcy Buckner […]

No More General Exclusions for Obesity?

October 28, 2015 — Here’s a rare bolt of clarity from a government agency. The U.S. Department of Labor has just published a set of FAQs that includes a question about general exclusions for obesity in health plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Are they permissible? The answer: No. Consistent with PHS Act section 2713, its implementing regulations, […]

Someone Please Tell Healthcare That Obama’s Destroying It

March 9, 2014 — Someone should tell healthcare that Obama is destroying it. In the four years since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law in March, 2010, the value of investments in the U.S. healthcare industry has grown by more than 100%, outpacing the total U.S. equities market, which has done pretty well itself. The trend accelerated in […]

Affordable Care Act: Unaffordable for Some

June 15, 2013 — In an ironic twist, it’s turning out that the Affordable Care Act — known to some as Obamacare — may be unaffordable for some low-wage workers because of a loophole that gives employers credit for offering “affordable” insurance that low-wage employees can’t afford. The problem lies in the definition of what’s affordable, literally, in the law […]