It’s no secret healthcare procedures often cost way more in the U.S. than they do in other countries. Healthcare costs also vary incredibly across different regions within the U.S. The health reform law has a provision that mandates greater transparency of data, which will arm the public with more information. Beehive Media, a data visualization and design company, created interactive graphics to visualize hospital price data as part of a competition put on by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. If you would like to… Continue Reading
The Obama administration announced final regulations implementing the requirement that most Americans have health insurance coverage by Jan. 1 or pay a fine. When filing 2014 taxes in 2015, individuals must indicate on their returns if they have health insurance coverage and, if not, pay a fine. The individual penalty is the greater of $95 or 1 percent of income, rising to the greater of $695 or 2.5 percent of income, in 2016. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that less than 2 percent of Americans… Continue Reading
Last Thursday, the IRS launched a website featuring information about ACA tax-related provisions, providing public information about premium tax credits, employer mandates, and tax exemption for insurance companies A link to the IRS website on the ACA is here
The Washington Post created an extremely helpful graphic to show how states have responded to health reform. It shows which states challenged the ACA in court, whether they chose to implement a state based health insurance marketplace, and where they stand on Medicaid expansion. See the graphic here.
A little publicized delay in one of the key affordability provisions of the ACA has recently been discovered. The Obama administration delayed the provision for 1 year that would place a limit on out-of-pocket costs, including deductibles and co-payments. The limit on out of pocket costs was not supposed to exceed $6,350 for an individual and $12,700 for a family. This delay in implementation was posted on an administrative website in February and was not formally announced, at least until it was discovered by… Continue Reading
With the impending launch of health insurance marketplaces in October, several states that opted to run their own marketplace are launching innovative advertising and outreach efforts. The launch of these marketplaces may be one of the biggest (in terms of expenditures) public outreach campaigns we have seen in decades. Read this story which provides a summary and links to various outreach strategies.