Category: Health Insurance

  • 3 Tips for Filing Obamacare Taxes

    CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) has come out with a helpful document titled: 3 Tips About Marketplace Coverage & Your Taxes The tips are:Watch your mail for Form 1095-A. It will help you file your 2014 federal taxes. Your final premium tax credit for 2014 will be computed with your federal income tax […]

  • Best Hospitals

    U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014-15 We sifted through data for nearly 5,000 hospitals and results from surveys of more than 9,500 physicians to rank the best centers in 16 adult specialties from cancer to urology. Death rates, patient safety and hospital reputation were a few of the many factors we considered. Only 144 hospitals were […]

  • CoHealthOp causes budget issues at Connect for Health Colorado

    ‘Blown-out budget’ infuriates exchange board member Colorado’s health exchange managers expect to spend $4 million more on their call center than anticipated this year, a revelation that spurred a heated argument among board members on Monday. And why did this happen? This article doesn’t address the cause until the 3rd paragraph from the bottom…. Exchange […]

  • 2015: Large Rate Increases on Subsidized Plans

    As reported by many news outlest, individual health rates are experiencing slight rate increases for 2015. HOWEVER THERE IS A PROBLEM if you receives premium assistance your effective rate increase may be quite large. On average it is 77%. A key feature of the subsidy calculation is the premium of the 2nd lowest cost Silver plan. […]

  • Shopping for Obamacare is supposed to be easy….

    Unfortunately, that’s not the case for everyone – The Difficulties of Shopping for Family Health Insurance Covered issues include: The Family Glitch Insurance Option for Children Different Kids, Different Plans (different places) Citizenship Status I just spoke with someone today whose Humana plan is being terminated at the end of the year. They are affected […]

  • Federally funded high risk pools closing to new members

    The Hill: HHS to cut off enrollment for health law’s high-risk pools Due to running out of funds. The funds will continue to insure enrolled members but will no longer accept new applicants starting March 2nd (earlier dates in some cases). The high-risk pools came with $5 billion in funding. Slightly less than half of  […]

  • Primary care physician shortage

    Personal physician shortage looms, experts say The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) “promises to provide insurance coverage to more Americans, but I know there will still be 30 million people who will remain uninsured even after the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented,” Fegan said. “So I know the need for […]

  • Denver Post reiterates concern regarding Hickenlooper’s expansion of Medicaid

    Colorado’s Medicaid expansion plan must cut costs “Not one dollar from the state’s general fund will be used for this expansion,” Hickenlooper said. That’s a bold statement, particularly given rapidly escalating health care costs and potential that the federal government could look toward Medicaid expenditures as Congress tries to get a handle on the debt. […]

  • Colorado to expand Medicaid under provisions of the Affordable Care Act

    The Denver Post reports: Colorado plans Medicaid expansion, claims cost savings in process Colorado plans to expand Medicaid coverage next year to cover more than 160,000 additional low-income adults, aided by cost-control savings of more than $280 million over the next 10 years, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Thursday. “This is a step toward what we […]

  • Employees must provide coverage for their employees AND dependents…

    … but not necessarily the spouse.   NY Times: Employers Must Offer Family Care, Affordable or Not   Interesting tidbits: The rules offer no guarantee of affordable insurance for a worker’s children or spouse. The new rules, to be published in the Federal Register, create a strong incentive for employers to put money into insurance […]