If you’re a small business owner, this news may not be a surprise:
Many small-business owners worry that a new tax on insurance providers in the health-care law will mean higher premiums for them, undermining the law’s capacity to lower their health-care costs.
Starting next year, the federal government will charge a new fee on . . . → Read More: Obamacare: How Much Will It Cost Small Business Owners?
The Ryans are small business owners, struggling with health insurance costs which have ballooned from a mangeable $362 a month to over $1,700. What to do, what to do, as retirement approaches:
The Ryans’ insurance policy costs $1,725 a month, four times what they spend on their mortgage. They have a Cadillac plan with a . . . → Read More: Obamacare: Is There Hope For Small Business Owners?
What’s going on in Oregon would seem to indicate so,,,,
Maybe competition among health insurance plans can lead to lower rates.
As soon as Oregon this week became the fourth state to publicly list health insurers’ proposed 2014 rates for individual and small group coverage, two plans moved to cut their suggested prices, the Oregonian . . . → Read More: Could Public Health Insurance Rates Force Prices Downward?
Alice Marie Francis believes it’s important to have health insurance, but finding a plan that fit her budget was no easy task. “Money is tight,” says the 50-year-old Burbank mother of two, whose children are insured by their father’s work-based policy.
To make sure she had coverage that didn’t break the bank, she opted for . . . → Read More: High-Deductible Health Insurance Still a Popular Option
Much of the healthcare debate has centered on the question of “choice,” but are we trapped already?
There’s a man who hates his job. Oh, there are lots of them but this guy can’t quit and his boss knows it. His son has asthma and has been in and out of the hospital since . . . → Read More: Are Americans Trapped By Their Health Insurance?
Obamacare may allow states to charge more for health insurance for smokers, but California may be taking a stand:
Smoking has its risks, but in California higher prices for health insurance probably won’t be among them.
The federal health law allows states to charge smokers up to 50 percent more for a health plan, but . . . → Read More: California Pushes Back on Extra Health Insurance Costs for Smokers
Or maybe how many health insurance claims it denies? Well, it turns out there might be a relationship between the two:
When you’re shopping for health insurance, wouldn’t it be great if you could find out every insurer’s claim denial rate? And how much each one spent on lobbying and advertising — and how much . . . → Read More: Do You Know How Much The CEO of Your Health Insurer Makes?
A little preview of what may be happening in your state under Obamacare, courtesy of the State of Maryland:
In the latest preview of prices for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, Maryland’s dominant insurer says proposed premiums for new policies for individuals will rise by 25 percent on average next year.
That’s lower . . . → Read More: Obamacare: Maryland Health Insurance to Go Up… Just Not as Much
Are the early reports of skyrocketing health insurance rates overly exaggerated? Some think so:
Few aspects of the Affordable Care Act are more critical to its success than affordability, but in recent weeks experts have predicted costs for some health plans could soar next year.
Now health law supporters are pushing back, noting close ties . . . → Read More: Obamacare: Is “Rate Shock” Overhyped?
Another large employer has been cutting employee hours, and the public isn’t exactly staying silent on the issue:
The country’s largest movie theater chain probably didn’t expect widespread boycotts when it recently sent out a company memo about health care costs.
In the wake of news that Regal Entertainment Group had cut some workers’ hours . . . → Read More: Obamacare: Regal Theatres Cuts Employee Hours, Faces Facebook Backlash