Ugly, Expensive Fight Over ACA Implementation; Factors Impacting Rates and Costs in CA; A World of Scams Already; and Winners and Losers in Medicare Payment Reform

It’s going to be a long, ugly and expensive ACA implementation fight.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/07/08/the-opening-salvo-of-2014.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=cheatsheet_afternoon&cid=newsletter%3Bemail%3Bcheatsheet_afternoon&utm_term=Cheat%20Sheet

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/white-house-ramps-up-effort-to-sell-obamacare/2013/07/09/f11e046c-e8a3-11e2-a301-ea5a8116d211_story.html?wpisrc=nl_politics

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/10/us/politics/house-gop-pushes-delay-on-individual-mandate-in-health-law.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130710

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/10/us/at-restaurant-delay-is-help-on-health-law.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130710

A Summary of Factors Determining Insurance Premium Increases in California.  Must Read Chart on Page 6: Figure 1  See What Subsidies Do: 

This is a very interesting report, but not many will have the stomach to read the whole thing.  There is a great chart on Page 6 (Figure One) that shows rate increases according to FPL (Federal Poverty Level), and the impact that premium subsidies will have on those rate increases. The report was prepared by Milliman, a major employee benefits consulting firm. http://www.healthexchange.ca.gov/Documents/Factors%20Affecting%20Individual%20Premiums%20FINAL%203-28-2013.pdf

Scams will be rampant:

I spent part of an afternoon trying to track down information on a health insurance exchange in Florida for a friend whose daughter lives there.  I kept running into health insurance exchanges that were not the state’s exchange.  They were all private insurance companies.  Sometimes it was just one company.

http://thefloridahealthinsuranceexchange.com/

And, scams are already underway:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/little-understanding-of-health-care-law-opens-door-for-scams-government-says/2013/07/14/5605d06c-eca5-11e2-bed3-b9b6fe264871_story.html?wpisrc=nl_politics

Speaking of Florida:  League of Women Voters weighs in on Medicaid

http://www.bradenton.com/2013/06/30/4587794/urge-state-of-florida-to-accept.html

The Bad News and Good News About Physician Payment Reform:  Winners and Losers

http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/page-4/PHY-294154/Proposed-Medicare-Physician-Fees-Winners-and-Losers

http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20130713/MAGAZINE/307139991/the-right-direction?AllowView=VW8xUmo5Q21TcWJOb1gzb0tNN3RLZ0h0MWg5SVgra3NZRzROR3l0WWRMWGJVL3dDRWxYOU9qTENvK25lK0g4Uks3MmllMDVtbGd3TjZtcmFIdnMyaXovWm90aXFWOXloWHFRVQ

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