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More Health-Law Changes Coming in 2013

More Health-Law Changes Coming in 2013 | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

My comment: regardless of your support or opposition to ACA (Obamacare) these first set of changes due at the beginning of 2013 are mostly good.  Higher premiums can't really be blamed on the ACA since the graph shows this rate of increase over the last several years is steady.

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Next year will see some of the many significant changes brought on by the Affordable Care Act, including easy-to-read plan summaries and caps on flexible spending accounts.

FIVE changes:

1. Higher Premiums

2. Straightforward Summaries

3. Flexible Spending Account  Limit

4. Dependent Coverage

5. Higher Spending Cap - cap rises to $2 million, from $1.25 million

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If You Don’t Buy Health Insurance, Will You Really Pay the Tax?

If You Don’t Buy Health Insurance, Will You Really Pay the Tax? | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

Here's why not:

1.  Tax is small $95 in 2014

2.  Law requires filers to sel-disclose that they are not covered

3.  Difficult enforcement - IRS must match insurance data with tax retuns.  It could take years.

4.  If owed, IRS has no mechanism to force payment. Law prohibits criminal penalties

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Counterpoint to Cheesecake Factory Medicine

Counterpoint to Cheesecake Factory Medicine | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

Political counterpoint to the Big Medicine piece of Dr Atul Gawande in the New Yorker.,  (See my scoop).

The highlighted aspects are the corporatization of medical practices and the Payment advisory Board.

 

'The "most important institutional change" after ObamaCare passed in 2010: the Independent Payment Advisory Board composed of 15 philosopher kings who will rule over U.S. health care."

 

The unknown aspects of who, what and why and perceived hazards of this decision making process are discussed.

 

"The longer-run danger is ... cost board starts to decide what types of care "work" for society at large and thus what individual patients are allowed to receive.     '

 

"The Cheesecake Factory is a great place to eat but you probably wouldn't want to be operated on there—especially if it's run by the government."

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