Affordable Care Act: Updates

Changes to health care under the law, at a glance

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 8:33 am

Under the law, health insurers must cover 10 essential benefits. This will make health plans more costly, but also more comprehensive. Starting next year, the rules will apply to all plans offered to individuals or through the small-group market to employers with 50 or fewer workers. The essential-benefits requirement does not apply to plans offered by larger employers, which typically offer most of these, already. The covered benefits are: ambulatory

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  • Newly insured to deepen primary care doctor gap

    Posted on October 9, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    ANN SANNER, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Getting face time with the family doctor could soon become even harder. A shortage of primary care physicians in some parts of the country is expected to worsen as millions of newly insured Americans gain coverage under the federal health care law next year. Doctors could face a backlog, and patients could find it difficult to get quick appointments. Attempts to address

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  • How to apply for benefits

    Posted on October 9, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    (AP) As enrollment under the Affordable Care Act opens, those seeking coverage will need accurate income information, plus some understanding of how health insurance works. The process involves federal agencies verifying your identity, citizenship and income, and you have to sign that you are providing truthful information, subject to perjury laws. This April 30, 2013 file photo shows the short form for the new federal Affordable Care Act application in

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Affordable Care Act: Archetype Profiles

Health care law perplexing to business owners

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 8:30 am

MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Restaurant owners Colleen and Tim Holmes were considering opening a third business in a growing upstate New York suburb but decided against it. One factor was the risk from expanding their staff beyond 50 full-time employees and having to provide them federally mandated health coverage. Despite knowing the penalty for that part of the Affordable Care Act had been postponed for a

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  • Obamacare trade-off: low premium, high deductible

    Posted on October 9, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — You might be pleased with the low monthly premium for one of the new health insurance plans under President Barack Obama’s overhaul, but the added expense of copayments and deductibles could burn a hole in your wallet. An independent analysis released Wednesday, on the heels of an administration report emphasizing affordable premiums, is helping to fill out the bottom line for consumers. The annual deductible for a

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Affordable Care Act: Links

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