Health care answers blog
Posted by John Murawski on November 10, 2014
Last week’s elections rout in Congress by Republicans makes it less likely that one of the most frustrating problems with the Affordable Care Act will be fixed any time soon.
Known as the “family glitch,” this bug makes people ineligible for health insurance subsidies as long their spouses can buy affordable insurance through their employers. The ineligibility applies even when family coverage becomes unaffordable, which is often the case with employer-sponsored plans.
According to a policy brief issued Monday by Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the current political climate makes in unlikely the glitch will be fixed even though “experts at every point along the political spectrum agree that the current interpretation unfairly penalizes families.”
Posted by John Murawski on October 2, 2014
Robeson County in eastern North Carolina had the highest percentage of enrollments under the Affordable Care Act, with half the county’s eligible residents signing up for health insurance.
Posted by John Murawski on June 18, 2014
North Carolinians who bought subsidized health insurance through the Affordable Care Act are paying $81 a month on average, according to federal insurance data issued Wednesday.
Posted by John Murawski on May 2, 2014
Duke University Hospital agreed to repay $626,133 for overbilling Medicare. The announcement comes a month after the university health system agreed to refund $1 million for falsely billing federal and state health insurance programs.
Posted by Tony Pugh on March 31, 2014
As procrastinators rushed to purchase health insurance Monday by the Affordable Care Act’s official enrollment deadline, new research estimates that about half of those with subsidized coverage obtained from federal or state marketplaces will lose it within a year because of changes in their incomes or other family circumstances, such as divorce, relocation or the births of children.