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Obamacare: California Small Businesses To Receive Health Insurance Rebates

Last year, health insurers returned $74 million in health insurance rebates to individual health insurance policyholders, but this year it looks like small businesses will be getting the biggest share of the rebate pie:

Blue Shield of California owes $24.5 million in rebates to thousands of small-business customers, and rival Anthem Blue Cross will return . . . → Read More: Obamacare: California Small Businesses To Receive Health Insurance Rebates

Can Obamacare Help the Homeless Get Medical Care?

As we head into the weekend, something to think about:

On a recent morning, Mack and Juan Rivera, a patient enrollment and eligibility manager with JWCH, walk down crowded 5th street, near the Midnight Mission. Their goal is to invite people into the clinic to enroll in Healthy Way LA. About 35 people a week . . . → Read More: Can Obamacare Help the Homeless Get Medical Care?

Obamacare: Is It Really Helping Americans Save Money on Individual Health Insurance?

Interesting report from the Kaiser Family Foundation yesterday:

People who bought their own health insurance last year saved $2.1 billion because of the federal health law, mainly because of a provision that limits how much of their premium can go to insurers’ administration and profits, says a report out today from the Kaiser Family Foundation. . . . → Read More: Obamacare: Is It Really Helping Americans Save Money on Individual Health Insurance?

Could 90% of Uninsured Arizonans Get Help from Obamacare?

Denise Early, an independent insurance broker in Arizona, pulled some number on Obamacare’s effect on uninsured Arizonans:

Around 900,000 people living in Arizona do not have health insurance. Over 90% of them will get help from Obamacare.

94% of uninsured people in Tucson will get help paying for their health insurance under Obamacare, according to . . . → Read More: Could 90% of Uninsured Arizonans Get Help from Obamacare?

Is Health Insurance Like Buying TVs?

Ezra Klein of The Washington Post wonders what it would be like if we bought televisions like we buy health insurance:

Imagine you went to Best Buy and found a great deal on a plasma television set. I want to be clear: You didn’t find a great television set. This one is actually a . . . → Read More: Is Health Insurance Like Buying TVs?

Obamacare: We Pay HOW Much More for Healthcare?

Interesting story in The New York Times this weekend, on how much the U.S. pays for some healthcare services compared to other countries. Warning: it’s not pretty:

Deirdre Yapalater’s recent colonoscopy at a surgical center near her home here on Long Island went smoothly: she was whisked from pre-op to an operating room where a . . . → Read More: Obamacare: We Pay HOW Much More for Healthcare?

Does Obamacare Go Far Enough?

A significant chunk of Americans think “No”:

CNN’s latest health care poll, released Monday, has been in the political crossfire all week. Conservatives are using it as proof the policy is unpopular while liberals say it is an example for more aggressive policy on national health care.

As mentioned at the time, the national . . . → Read More: Does Obamacare Go Far Enough?

NPR: 42 Percent of American Unaware of Healthcare Law

Why are Americans unaware of Obamacare? Tell us about it in our discussion forum!

Obamacare: How Much Will It Cost Small Business Owners?

If you’re a small business owner, this news may not be a surprise:

Many small-business owners worry that a new tax on insurance providers in the health-care law will mean higher premiums for them, undermining the law’s capacity to lower their health-care costs.

Starting next year, the federal government will charge a new fee on . . . → Read More: Obamacare: How Much Will It Cost Small Business Owners?

Should Everyone Have the Same Health Insurance?

This aspect of Obamacare hasn’t talked about as much, but is looming as a major issue for some employers:

Many executives have long enjoyed perks like free health care and better health benefits for themselves and their families. But under a little noticed anti-discrimination provision in the federal health law, such advantages could soon trigger . . . → Read More: Should Everyone Have the Same Health Insurance?