Health care reform in Maryland receive federal grant of $123 million

Health Care Reform

The state will be given the funds to begin its insurance exchange. Maryland will be receiving $123 million in funds from the federal government in order to create and establish its insurance exchange as per the health care reform requriements that were made by President Obama. Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown made this announcement regarding the exchange and its website. The state will make its exchange available online at what is now called the Maryland Health Connection, which is available at MarylandHealthConnection.gov, a website which is expected to be completely functional…

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Will you lose health insurance coverage due to the reforms?

Health insurance deadline

Many policyholders wonder if their plans will continue after January 2014. When President Obama spoke about the reforms that have now been approved by the Supreme Court, he noted that health insurance coverage will become available for millions of Americans, but at the same time, Republican rival Romney is stating that others will lose the plans they have. What is the truth of the way the Affordable Care Act will impact those already covered? President Obama has stated that there are approximately 250 million Americans who are already covered by…

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What else could be thrown out by the Supreme Court after the health care reform?

Health Care Reform

The Supreme Court is deciding whether or not the PPACA is constitutional, but there could be a great deal more to follow. The entire country awaits the Supreme Court’s decision about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and whether or not its health care reform should be considered to be constitutional, but many are concerned that this is not the only thing at risk of being thrown out. The ruling is expected to be made before the completion of June, at which time the states will all begin to…

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California officials mull over different methods of maintaining health reform in the state

As the U.S. Supreme Court continues to consider whether or not it is constitutional for the federal government to require Americans to buy health insurance, what is also being debated is whether or not it can push the individual states to broaden their Medicaid insurance coverage. It is predicted that the top court in the country will have made its decision by the end of June, right in the middle of the presidential election race. It was estimated by the Kaiser Family Foundation that if the law is upheld, California…

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What happens if the Obama healthcare reforms are overturned?

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the arguments regarding whether or not the Obama administration’s overhaul of the healthcare system is constitutional, but now that they’re over and the waiting process for the Court’s decision is under way, people have started to wonder what will happen if the law is overturned. The problem is that the system that came before the overhaul still wasn’t getting the job done. Millions of Americans will remain uninsured, and either unable to afford coverage or unable to obtain it because they have pre-existing…

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United States Supreme Court to decide the fate of the healthcare overhaul

The future of the Obama Administration’s health care reform is now in the hands of the United States Supreme Court, which is deciding whether or not the entire law will be able to stand with its central mandate for insurance. The three days of arguments were completed on last Wednesday, after which the nine justices heard additional arguments regarding whether or not the remainder of the healthcare overhaul would be able to survive without its heart, which is the required health insurance. That element of the law requires all Americans…

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Increase in visits to emergency rooms causes health insurance changes

A new study has indicated that Americans who have either gained new health insurance or who have lost their coverage make more emergency room visits than people who have had a continuous insured or uninsured status. The results of the study are causing some concern, as the healthcare overhaul will be requiring an additional 32 million Americans to become newly insured by 2014. At the same time, the study findings have also indicated that the number of trips to the emergency room do tend to even out when a person’s…

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The constitutionality of the healthcare reforms is now before the Supreme Court

As of Monday, March 26, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court has started to hear the verbal arguments in the highly controversial and politically charged case of whether or not the healthcare reforms made by the Obama Administration starting in 2010 are constitutional. Twenty six states have sent attorneys to represent them – primarily those with governors who are Republican – as well as the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) as they face off against the lawyers from the Justice Department. They believe that the health care reform’s requirement for…

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Washington Governor Gregoire signs state insurance exchange bill

Washington state Governor Christine Gregoire has now signed a bill into law, which now sets the rules in that state for insurance companies that are readying themselves for the online insurance exchange that is a part of the federal healthcare reform. The exchanges are a part of the President Barack Obama overhaul that began in 2010, and they must be ready to be put into place by January 1, 2014. They are designed to assist both individuals and small businesses to find proper and affordable health insurance coverage. Governor Gregoire…

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Gender gap continues to play an important role in health insurance premiums

According to the latest research issued in a report by the research and advocacy group, the National Women’s Law Center, women continue to pay higher premiums than men for the same health coverage. In 2014, when the new healthcare laws are fully implemented, the discrepancy between what men and women will pay for health insurance will cease, but at the moment, many states continue to see significant gaps between the premiums of men and women without any indication that the insurers intend to shrink them. The report will become available…

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