Today is the deadline to sign up for coverage beginning on January 1st, 2014. It is also four years ago today the law now known as ObamaCare passed a critical hurdle of the United States Senate. Remember the Cornhusker Kickback and Lousiana Purchase? Ironic how the possibility of access being weakened and uninsured going up are now real possibilities but we continue to charge forward with implementation because there is no alternative. [divider scroll_text=”SCROLL_TEXT”]
In an effort to target young uninsured individuals, the White House has again partnered with Organizing for Action to begin promotional efforts again targeting people to sign up. The latest campaign features “pajama boy” an overnight sensation on the news wires spawning a similar reaction to that of healthcare.gov girl. Our poll in this week’s show asks who you would rather have to your own pajama party. PJ man or the famous face of healthcare.gov. The panel sounds off, how would you vote?
Medlio CEO David Brooks on Price TransparencyOne of the things experts have predicted on America’s Healthcare Challenge is this shift to a higher deductible healthcare plan under the new normal. This is going to make consumer driven healthcare more prevalent. The CEO of Medlio, David Brooks, joined the program to introduce his company and their services. They are hoping to utilize mobile technology to present price transparency to patients so they can make informed decisions. This interesting conversation is a glimpse into the future and certainly worth a listen.
Coverage of Final 2013 Press ConferenceA fair portion of the final Presidential press conference was allocated to defending the rocky implementation of healthcare.gov. The President admitted that ultimately he is responsible and they “screwed it up.” At the other side of things there are several people planning on and able to get health insurance who were previously uninsured.
Retweets of the WeekThis segment profiles the experience navigating the new marketplace of two 31 year old males. In additon there are retweets of other stories along the way that caught our attention on Twitter.
Final Thoughts and PredictionsThe Hill magazine said that 2014 will be make or break for the Affordable Care Act. The laws fundamentally change and there are major changes in provider reimbursement. No doubt next year is going to be a massive from a political and policy standpoint. Just like we were monitoring this issue four years ago in our pajamas on Christmas Eve, we will continue to be here bringing you the latest you need to know on healthcare and your government.