Angry About the Shutdown? Join the Club

Americans don’t want the government shuttered to block Obamacare, and they lay blame for the shutdown on Republicans, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released on Oct. 1. To be sure, Americans aren’t wild about the Affordable Care Act, but they oppose the idea of shutting down the government to stop it by a massive 50-point margin – 72 percent to 22 percent. A similar share is also against blocking an increase in the debt ceiling for the same purpose. …

What Is the Medical Device Tax?

You might not be familiar with the tax on medical devices – pacemakers, artificial joints and the like – that’s emerged as an unlikely issue in the battle over a government shutdown. Here’s a primer. House Republicans insist the tax must be repealed, and the health care law delayed for a year, if funding to operate the government is to continue. From the other side, “The Senate will reject any [funding bill] that includes a repeal of the medical device …

Medicare and the Marketplace: 4 Things You Need to Know

There’s a lot to understand about the health insurance marketplace that opens on Oct. 1 – not to mention the Affordable Care Act (or “Obamacare”), which created it. But if you’re on Medicare, there’s really nothing to be confused about. Here are key facts to remember: If you’re on Medicare, don’t worry about the marketplace. The new health exchanges, as they’ve also been called, are for people without insurance. Medicare beneficiaries will continue to have Medicare. Unfortunately, there’s a lot …

Affordable Care Act Opens Internet Marketplaces

By Nicole Duritz If you’re like Linda Tramel, from suburban St. Louis, you’ve probably been following the slow and sometimes confusing implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare” as it’s sometimes called. Although the majority of Americans are insured,  14% of the U.S. population are uninsured and will  have a new opportunity to purchase health insurance through their state’s Health Insurance Marketplace.  The Marketplace allows consumers to shop, compare and purchase health insurance policies online. Tramel knows her family …

Get the Facts on the New Healthcare Law

A lot of people seem confused about the new Affordable Care Act (ACA). And with so many rumors and misinformation swirling around, it’s not surprising that many don’t know where to turn for answers. First, some basics: The ACA improves the quality and affordability of health care, and ends discriminatory insurance practices that have kept people from accessing coverage in the past. It requires insurance companies to cover all applicants regardless of age, gender or pre-existing conditions, and stops them …

New Health Plan Premiums Will Be Less Than Expected

By Julie Appleby and Phil Galewitz, for Kaiser Health News Just days before new online health insurance markets are set to open, the Obama administration Wednesday released a look at average premiums, saying rates in most states are lower than earlier projected – and that 95 percent of consumers will have at least two insurers to choose from. The report – released the same day that President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton touted the law’s benefits – comes …