On March 23, 2010, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in the United States. Since then, Americans have experienced some positive changes in health care reform such as: drug discounts, some tax credits, dependents’ coverage extending to age 26, and mandatory coverage of some preventive health screenings. By far, and even with recent delays, 2014 is poised to be the most active year for change brought about by ACA. Yet, recent polls showed that 6 in 10 Americans don’t know what to expect as far as health care reform that affects them in 2014. It has been estimated that 43% of Americans still do not know that individuals will be required to obtain essential health insurance in 2014 or they will pay a penalty.
The remaining months of 2013 will lay the groundwork for changes that become effective in 2014 for healthcare providers (fees), consumers (coverage) and businesses (benefit offerings). The Healthcare Marketplace and Small Business Health Option Program (SHOP) will be open on October 1 for policies effective Jan 1, 2014. Medicaid payments will increase for primary care providers in some states. Individuals with no health insurance coverage will now be mandated to obtain essential coverage. Preexisting conditions will mostly be a problem of the past. Millions of Americans are expected to find healthcare coverage. Join us in this segment of The Doctors’ Roundtable as we explore this highly relevant topic as three industry experts (representing law, consumers and employers) join us to discuss preparation for upcoming health care reform changes and we demystify some aspects of what is to come in a few short months with ACA. Listeners can also visit www.healthcare.gov to learn more.
- Partner at Morris, Manning and Martin law firm specializing in Healthcare practice
- Vice-President of Hays Companies in Atlanta, Broker, Employee Benefits Division