Just two weeks remain until the opening of enrollment in the health insurance exchanges, a key component of the Affordable Care Act. Much misinformation and confusion has accompanied the run-up to the Oct. 1 start of open enrollment in the exchange, also called a marketplace. To help our readers understand this new coverage option, Georgia Health News asked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for a list of frequently asked questions about the health insurance exchanges.
Dozens of supporters of the Affordable Care Act rallied outside the office of Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens Thursday. Democratic state lawmakers and members from organizations like Georgia’s AFL-CIO and Protect Your Care said they were disappointed by Hudgens’s recent remarks about the ACA, commonly called ObamaCare.
National healthcare organization Families USA estimated Tuesday that 803,000 Georgians will be eligible for healthcare tax subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. The federal government will offer insurance premiums help to low and middle income families and individuals. According to Families USA, an individual who makes less than $45,960 per year will qualify.
The Georgia Chamber of Commerce held a conference Wednesday to address upcoming changes to the healthcare industry because of the Affordable Care Act. The insurance mandate included in the law will go into effect on January 1, 2014. That leaves just six months for employers and individuals to research their insurance options.
A federal agency says Georgia, along with a dozen other states, falls short in offering consumers appeal options when they can’t get health insurance. The states must make fixes by January 1st. The national health reform law calls for a broader range of appeals options for people who can’t get coverage or payment on a claim. That means more consumers for the first time will have the right to have an independent panel review their case.
Premiums for employer-sponsored healthcare coverage rose 9 percent for families this year. That’s according to an annual survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation. More employees are opting for high-deductible plans and experts say that’s worrying.
About 1,600 victims of an insurance scam have a few days left to get their money back. August 31st is the deadline for people who bought policies from American Trade Association or its affiliates to request a refund. The state insurance commissioner’s office says the companies sold bogus health insurance plans nationwide.