Happy 2-year anniversary to the Affordable Care Act! Check out this photo timeline for an overview of what has happened, since 2010:
The federal health care reform law explained by Jonathan Gruber, author of the graphic novel Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It’s Necessary, How It Works. Gruber, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, advised both Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama on the Massachusetts health reform overhaul and the national one, respectively.
That would be the provision of the law, called the medical loss ratio, that requires health insurance companies to spend 80% of the consumers’ premium dollars they collect—85% for large group insurers—on actual medical care rather than overhead, marketing expenses and profit. Failure on the part of insurers to meet this requirement will result in the insurers having to send their customers a rebate check representing the amount in which they underspend on actual medical care.
The Obama administration announced that it will distribute an additional $220 million in state grants to help individuals and small businesses buy health insurances beginning in 2014. The money comes directly from the President Obama’s 2010 Affordable Care Act.
But as NPR reports, the real news is who’s accepting that money. Nine of the 13 states in this round of grants are headed by GOP governors and seven of those GOP governors are part of the multi-state lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of “Obama care”.
By Sarah Varney- NPR
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the No. 3 Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, has a very clear record on the Affordable Care Act. He has repeatedly called for its defeat and was one of the co-sponsors of the January repeal measure that easily passed the House but died in the Senate.
But back in his hometown of Bakersfield, Calif., local officials are welcoming one aspect of the health overhaul law. Earlier this year, the Kern County Board of Supervisors — all Republicans — voted to accept federal money to expand insurance coverage for low-income adults. The federal law extends Medicaid coverage to millions of Americans in 2014, including childless adults. But with permission — and dollars — from the federal government, California started the expansion early.
A conservative-leaning appeals court panel on Tuesday upheld the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s health care law, as the Supreme Court prepares to consider this week whether to resolve conflicting rulings over the law’s requirement that all Americans buy health care insurance.
The California Rural Indian Health Board hopes to form a consortium of tribes to administer healthcare reform for Indians and native Alaskans in 37 rural California counties.
Currently, Native American are vastly underserved by federal healthcare dollars, receiving $1,100 to $1,400 per person per year. In perspective clinics in California state prisons receive two to three times that amount.
A physician shortage in rural California is just one reason that many farm workers don’t get health care. But in a new program is taking on the shortfall - with a boost from the federal health reform law.
Photo by Kaiser Health News.
The little known In-home care clause of the Affordable Care Act faces opposition and accusations that it’s a “ponzi scheme.” But advocates say it’s essential. Read the story on HealthyCal.
Is the proposed CLASS Act an unsustainable entitlement or is it a vital way to provide assistance to those in need?
What do you think?