“if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan.”
That’s been President Obama’s talking point since 2009, before the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010.
But millions of Americans are receiving notices of policies being cancelled, NBC reported on Monday night and — citing four unnamed sources “deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act” — further argued that the administration has known this would happen for the last three years.
In the corporate world of American health care, with its consolidating hospital chains and doctors’ groups, psychologists and other mental health therapists are still mostly Mom-and-Pop shops; they’ve built solo practices, hanging their own shingles, not unlike Lucy in the Peanuts gang: “Psychiatric Help 5¢, The Doctor Is In.”
But that business model is shifting from solo practices toward large medical groups, say mental health experts. The shift is propelled by the Affordable Care Act.
Only about one in four low-income Californians say they have easily comprehensible information for health decision-making, and 71 percent say they would like more. That’s just one of the findings from a new statewide survey looking at “opportunities and challenges” in reaching this underserved population.
Under the Affordable Care Act the federal government is starting to link a hospital’s payments to how well they treat patients, and hospitals are responding by creating new customer-satisfaction positions like Sangha’s, changing security procedures, and even timing how long people must spend in computerized telephone call-routing systems before speaking to a human being.
Health plans are sending hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters to people who buy their own coverage, frustrating some consumers who want to keep what they have and forcing others to buy more costly policies.
In late September, Peter Lee, the executive director of Covered California — the state’s health insurance marketplace — was a guest on KQED’s Forum. It was just days until the Oct. 1 opening of the exchange. Lee touted the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, saying that many people would pay less for health insurance, …
By Angela Hart San Francisco is scrambling to figure out how the Affordable Care Act will impact the city’s own landmark universal health legislation, less than three months before the full rollout of Obamacare. Barbara Garcia, who runs the Department of Public Health, is leading a task force of health experts, business groups and labor …
Gary Lauer is in an odd position. “I’ve been running the largest source of individual health insurance in the country and not insurable myself.” Lauer is CEO of eHealth, the Mountain View-based company which runs the online marketplace eHealthInsurance.com. But he’s also a cancer survivor. Without the regulatory changes required under the Affordable Care Act, …
When it comes to Obamacare, the big date we’ve heard for a long time is Jan. 1, 2014. That’s the day the Affordable Care Act takes full effect, requiring most Americans to be covered, or pay a fine. We’ve also heard that there’s a grace period — that in this first year, people have until March 31 to enroll before the fine will kick in.
But, whoops! Turns out that Mar. 31 date is wrong, the Obama administration confirmed to the Associated Press on Wednesday. In order to have coverage by March 31, you need to enroll by Feb. 15