With all of the distractions out there sometimes it is just easier to have what you need packaged for you. Special thanks to America’s Healthcare Challenge contributor, John Rathouz, aka John the Caddie for disseminating the following articles. The story of the month has been the exchange roll out. It is still early, but numerous questions remain.
Conversation on the Exchanges
Listen to this engaging and balanced podcast on the ACA as three health policy experts have a roundtable discussion about the implementation and execution of the law thus far, as well as future roadblocks. A wise way to spend 1 hour educating yourself on the realities of the Affordable Care Act. Especially good for people that know a little and want to know more. Read more here.
7 Alternatives to Healthcare.gov
We all know the website is experiencing “glitches.” If you’re looking to enroll in the health insurance marketplace don’t stop trying, but here are other ways to begin to make it happen. Some options are better than others and remember you are in charge of your own healthcare dollar so be a smart consumer. Read more here.
Obama Administration Under Fire
The White House is on defense of a NBC story reporting that Administration officials knew that many American’s would lose their health insurance despite promises from the President that individuals can keep their policies. This report outlines a regulation indicating that government officials did have knowledge that many would see policy changes. Read more here.
Will Health Insurance Exchanges Work
Flashback three weeks. An intriguing post from one day before the health insurance marketplace opened. A former technology director for the Utah small business exchange forecasts how the implementation could unfold and outlines the complexities of pulling it off. Includes a great chart of all the interactions necessary to get from logging on to the website to actually getting approval for your insurance. Read more here.
This article outlines the 20 million or so American’s who tried to access the healthcare.gov and were not able to access all of the information. The head official from CMS was on the hill to hold the line. Read more about the roll-out right here.
Healthcare Reform Questions Businesses Should Be Asking
A specialist in healthcare reform as it relates to businesses outlines various preparations that need to be under way to protect both their bottom line and employees. Completely necessary and another reason to seek out experts like E.D. Bellis to navigate your business through this law. Read more here.
We’re All In This Together
Cutting through the political stonewalling and getting to the core of the healthcare reform issue as it relates to the uninsured and underinsured, a woman (who also happens to be an insurance broker) writes that even though her family’s policy will increase drastically in price, she supports healthcare reform because helping the less fortunate is the right thing to do. This is a hotly contested difference of opinion. Read more here.
Check out America’s Healthcare Challenge for a reliable resource on healthcare reform.
The October Wonk Review is a fantastic resource for those who are looking for commentary from some of the best journalists on healthcare reform. Some of these individuals are even responsible for influencing how the law was navigated through the process. Yours truly got featured in the latest one for thoughts on a state driven solution with federal dollars. Read more here.
Why People Are Receiving Cancellations
There is a reason the previous column has the word wonk because you almost need a degree in public policy to navigate all of these things. In short, individual policies are changing in every state for various reasons and it will impact everyone differently based on several variables. The Washington Post breaks this down in a well written article. Read more here.