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This image was caught about halfway during the debate as both were discussing the issue of healthcare.  The Challenger, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was engaging President Obama on Section 3403 of the Affordable Care Act, which creates the Independent Payment Advisory Board.  The problem with this picture, and both of their policies is they…

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2012: ANOTHER YEAR OF CHANGES

This is the second in this series of overviews of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare. The previous column dealt with a general overview of the legislation and its passage—critical information for those who seek to understand where we have been and where we are going. This column will address the implementation deadlines for…

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2012: PETER THE PATIENT

This is the first in a series of scenarios designed to illustrate what changes might look like with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Each scenario presents a snapshot from a patient, healthcare, or business point of view. If you haven’t been to the doctor recently, read on.   2012:  PETER THE PATIENT…

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2013: More Changes Coming

As 2013 approaches, the push to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, continues.  Some Americans may not realize that the ACA has already passed and is now law, since the Supreme Court has not yet given a ruling on the Constitutionality. However, its momentum is kind of like a freight train that…

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2013: NICOLE, THE NIGHT NURSE

This is the second in a series of scenarios designed to illustate what  changes might look like with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare. Each health reform scenario presents a snapshot from a patient, healthcare, and business point of view. If you haven’t been to the hospital recently, read on. Nicole…

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2014: Emma, the Employee

This is the third in a series of health reform scenarios designed to illustrate what the changes might look like with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare. Each scenario presents a snapshot from a patient, healthcare, or business point of view. This scenario in particular, addresses recent headlines.  It coincides with…

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2014: MORE TO REMEMBER

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, will see lots of action in 2014, since deadlines for at least nine major health reform compliance categories will be initiated on January 1, 2014, with an unknown number of regulations to clarify them. This column will provide you with an overview of the nine, but to get…

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4 Reasons Congress Should Pass the ABLE Act

Washington, DC is polarized due to the divided government and amidst all of the political grandstanding is a measure that could make a positive impact on many families. Even though there is unlikely to be much legislating until after the November election, this piece of legislation has bi-partisan support and could make its way into…

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A “One Size Fits All” Benefits Package?

Arguably the largest portion of the health reform legislation was dedicated to the insurance market reforms.   At the time the bill was passed nearly two years ago, there were approximately 46 million uninsured Americans, and the law is projected to cover some 30 million by the year 2019.  Those sections focusing on insurance reforms impact…

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