$95 Won’t Convince Nannies to Buy Health Insurance

Nannies that Don’t File Taxes Won’t Be Able to Get Government Subsidized Health Insurance (But They Might Qualify for Medicaid) Here are the State-by-State Premiums Under the Health Care Law published in the New York Times. I’ve often tried to explain the benefits of paying taxes to nannies who prefer to be paid in cash. […]

Obamacare and Nannies: Sign-Up Time for Obamacare

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act begins October 1, 2013. All uninsured Americans will be required to have insurance coverage as of January 1, 2014. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), provides a new way to buy insurance through a health insurance marketplace so can you easily compare insurance options. If you have health insurance […]

September To-Do List: Do You Have Health Insurance?

Responsibility, Reform, Research Earlier this year we presented a series that highlighted the year-to-year changes mandated by new health care laws. Click here to see a summary of the series or enter “health care reform” in our search engine. You should be aware that these newly enacted laws and regulations do not form a socialist […]

Reflections on Health Care for Nannies

By Polly PsiImage from ProCon.org Over the past few weeks we have attempted to take a sober look at the complex and voluminous health care legislation and to present a clear and simple timeline of changes to take effect during the process of implementation. Discarding the hyperbole and demagoguery of political operatives, we found a […]

Health Care Reform Timeline 2014 and 2015 and Beyond

In the year 2014 Image to left from conservationreport Insurance plan reforms: Create temporary reinsurance program to cover high-risk individuals. Allow states to merge individual and small group markets. Limit waiting periods for coverage to 90 days. Limit deductibles to $2000 for individuals and $4000 for families. Require renew-ability of plans by limiting rating variations […]

Health Care Reform Changes in Responsibilities for Individuals, Employers, and Government

Health Care Reform by 2014 As we continue our Health Care Reform Timeline here are some health care reform changes to expect in the year 2014. Individual responsibility: Requires most U.S. citizens and legal residents to obtain health insurance coverage or pay a penalty. The penalty amounts are phased-in over time. Certain low-income individuals who […]

Health Care Reform in 2013

Today we continue our health care reform timeline. Here are changes to occur in 2013. Tax changes: Increases threshold for claiming the itemized deduction for medical expenses from 7.5% to 10%, except for those over age 65. Increase the hospital insurance tax rate for wages over $200,00 by 0.9% for individuals; $250,000 for married couple […]

Health Care Reform for Nannies What to Expect in 2013

Health Care Reform Timeline ContinuedPreventive and wellness care: Create incentives for Medicaid programs that provide evidence -based preventive services that impose no copay. Quality improvements: Establish and encourage national programs for doctors and institutions to achieve savings and efficiencies by collaborating for better patient care and coordinating efforts. Require disclosure of financial relationships between all […]

Health Reform Timeline 2012

In 2012 we will find quality and data reporting improvements: Increase collection and reporting of data of health status regarding race, ethnicity, sex, disability status and economic status. Also includes rural and frontier areas. Medicare: Reduce payments to hospitals for preventable hospital readmissions. Allow provider to benefit from cost savings to Medicare based on more […]

Health Reform Timeline 2011

If it feels like changes aren’t happening in health care yet just check out our posts from last week about what changes are being made in 2010. In the year 2011 the following changes should occur. Medicare: Require 50% discount on brand-name prescriptions (Rxs) and begin phasing-in federal subsidies for generic Rxs. Initiate bonus payments […]