There is very serious concern about the Affordable Care Act, especially among businesses. Many employers are trying to estimate the impact the law’s mandate that employers provide coverage to full time employees will have on their bottom line. Likely, the effect will vary depending on the specific situation of each business, in particular the type of workers and the typical profit margin of the business. One of the best examples of business impact may be agriculture, which typically has slim profit margins and a… Continue Reading
The federally run health insurance marketplace that will begin operation October 1 in Nebraska will likely have at least 4 insurers. The companies are Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, which already has the biggest share of the state’s health insurance market; Coventry Health Care of Bethesda, Md., which already competes in Nebraska; CoOportunity, the cooperative health care provider in Iowa and Nebraska that was created with financing from the federal government; and Health Alliance Midwest Inc., a managed care company from Urbana, Ill…. Continue Reading
Amid the many stories about individual marketplaces launching October 1, one story has received less attention. In addition to the marketplace for individuals, there will be a new, separate marketplace launched for small businesses. Currently, small businesses have few options to find competitively priced health insurance for their employees. That is the purpose of SHOP (Small Business Health Options Program), to enable small business owners to offer health insurance for their employees. The following story does a great job of summarizing this new marketplace.
The Center for Health Policy strives for a high level of accuracy in all our work. Recently we discovered that our report on underage drinking, originally published late July 2013, needed revision to the prevalence data. This report was subsequently submitted for rigorous external review by the state health department and revisions implemented. The revised report, dated August 2013, is now posted here. The Center is confident that this report accurately represents the prevalence of underage drinking in Nebraska and can be a helpful resource for policymaking.
Self-driving cars are a new technology that is currently in the testing phase. There are a few states that have authorized self-driving cars to be tested on public roads. This issue is riddled with several interesting policy questions that each state legislature will need to address. This story lists the major questions that state policymakers need to consider with self-driving cars.
In States that do not expand Medicaid, there may be a loophole that residents can take advantage of to get private insurance through the health exchange. Read the full story here