Posted on July 13, 2011 by scjustice
By Noam N. Levey–July 12, 2011
Washington— The Obama administration moved Monday to ease some requirements on states to help them set up new insurance exchanges in 2014, a key feature of the healthcare law the president signed last year.The state-based exchanges are intended to make buying health insurance comparable to shopping the Internet for an airline ticket or a hotel room. And by 2019, the exchanges are expected to provide insurance for an estimated 24 million Americans who don’t get their health insurance from their employer, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
Small employers with fewer than 100 workers also will be able to use the exchanges, which will have to offer plans with a minimum level of coverage. No plans will be able to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.
Filed under: Health Care Law Implementation, In The Courts, In the news | Tagged: America's Health Insurance Plans, Barack Obama, Bobby Jindal, California, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Congressional Budget Office, Connecticut, Department of Health and Human Services, Don Berwick, Illinois, Karen Ignagni, Louisiana, Mary Fallin, Maryland, Massachusetts, National Conference of State Legislatures, Oklahoma, Pat Quinn, Small Business Majority, Terry Gardiner, Utah | Leave a Comment »
Posted on April 26, 2011 by scjustice
Govs. Fallin, Haley and Deal have taken flack over health insurance exchanges. | AP Photos
By FRANK MICCICHE | 4/26/11 4:39 AM EDT
What does the tea party have against helping small businesses find affordable health insurance for their employees?
Tea party-linked groups have recently spiked legislation in three states that would have authorized federally funded planning to create health insurance exchanges. Activists successfully blocked the efforts of these GOP governors to explore market-based alternatives that would address the stubbornly high ranks of the uninsured in their states. In doing so, they blanketed Republican supporters of this exchange legislation with claims of complicity in the enforcement of “Obamacare.”
The tea party’s success — and the unintended consequences for a constituency with whom they share a number of small government principles — says a lot about the current state of health care policy-making in the states.
Filed under: Health Care Law Implementation | Tagged: Affordable Care Act, Georgia, Health Care Reform, health insurance exchange, insurance marketplace, Mary Fallin, Nathan Deal, Nikki Haley, Oklahoma, Small Business, South Carolina, Tea Party | 1 Comment »