Archive for May, 2011

The Small Business Jobs Act nixed the tax that self-employed workers pay on health insurance for 2010.

May 28, 2011
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The Small Business Jobs Act nixed the tax that self-employed workers pay on health insurance for 2010.

  Paula Fleming, a freelance copy editor in Minneapolis, spends $3,600 a year on bare-bones health insurance for herself and her husband. For the 2010 tax year, for the first time, she could deduct that amount from her income when she pays the self-employment tax, the 15 percent levy all freelancers are required to...
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Health Insurance Reform – What Does It Mean for Dental and Vision Plans?

May 26, 2011
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Health Insurance Reform – What Does It Mean for Dental and Vision Plans?

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Panel Named For Health Care Challenge

May 26, 2011
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Panel Named For Health Care Challenge

    The federal appeals court in Atlanta has named three judges who will consider the constitutional challenge to the federal health care overhaul.Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Joel Dubina of Alabama will sit on the panel with U.S. Circuit Judges Frank Hull of Georgia and Stanley Marcus of Florida.Dubina was a...
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Aetna Shareholder Meeting Halted By Protesters

May 20, 2011
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Aetna Shareholder Meeting Halted By Protesters

  Aetna Inc.’s (AET) annual shareholder meeting was temporarily halted by a group of protesters calling for health-care reform. The meeting resumed a few minutes later, and police were called to the scene at a Philadelphia hotel. The meeting had just gotten underway and Aetna Chief Executive Mark Bertolini was speaking to shareholders when...
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Aetna profit windfall keeps health insurers rolling

May 18, 2011
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Aetna profit windfall keeps health insurers rolling

  Aetna Inc (AET.N) became the latest health insurer to tame investor fears that a health overhaul would crimp profits, particularly as it prospers from fewer Americans seeking care in the weak economy. The No. 3 U.S. health insurer posted first-quarter financial results and gave a full-year forecast that trumped Wall Street expectations, and...
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Critics of Health Care Law Raise Alarm About Medicare Doctor Reimbursements

May 17, 2011
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Critics of Health Care Law Raise Alarm About Medicare Doctor Reimbursements

The latest Medicare report shows tens of trillions of dollars in unfunded promises, but Rick Foster, the program’s nonpartisan chief actuary, says it’s actually worse than that because the report counted savings from a planned 29 percent cut in doctor’s payments. “That’s pretty unlikely to happen,” Foster says. “Congress has overwritten smaller payment rate...
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Insurers Getting Rich By Not Paying for Care

May 15, 2011
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Insurers Getting Rich By Not Paying for Care

I’m betting that just about every executive of a for-profit health insurance company, whose total compensation ultimately depends on the value of their stock options, woke up on Good Friday considerably wealthier than they were 24 hours earlier. Why? Because of the spectacular profits that one of those companies reported Thursday morning. Among those...
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Do you Know what the Obama Plans Cover?

May 15, 2011
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Do you Know what the Obama Plans Cover?

Humana exchange rates here….. https://www.humana.com/insurance-plan-quotes/AOALanding?SANID=1263296 BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD (BCBS) exchanges rates here….. https://retailweb.hcsc.net/retailshoppingcart/TX/census?ExpressLinkedAgentId=4691 Affordable Healthcare Reform Act. It is astounding to me how so few of you know about what the new “Obama” plans actually cover. Here is the list of benefits that are now mandated by the government to be covered by...
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What if an Arab-American ran for president?

May 13, 2011
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What if an Arab-American ran for president?

  There’s been a lot of talk in the past few years about Barack Obama’s unusual-sounding — to Western ears — name. It turns out one of the possible GOP presidential contenders, Mitch Daniels, might well have been named Mitch Esau — if the “Daniels” had not been tacked on to his Syrian grandfather’s...
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No major reforms for Texas insurance regulation

May 12, 2011
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No major reforms for Texas insurance regulation

  Republicans easily swatted down major changes to insurance regulation in a Texas House bill that would keep the current rules and bureaucracy in place. The bill continuing the functions of the Texas Department of Insurance passed Tuesday night on a 96-46 vote. The legislation, part of a regular review of state agencies, faces...
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GOP aiming to slip federal law with ‘compact’

May 12, 2011
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GOP aiming to slip federal law with ‘compact’

  Under a bill pending in the state Senate, Texas could become the second state seeking to opt out of the new federal health care law by taking advantage of a clause in the U.S. Constitution allowing states to work together by forming a “compact.” The health care compact, as envisioned by Republican supporters,...
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When the patient needs a house call

May 10, 2011
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When the patient needs a house call

  Nobody likes taking time out of a busy day to cool their heels in a doctor’s waiting room. Now you may not have to. Some primary-care practitioners are bringing their black bags directly to home or office, in some cases for as little as $30 to $35 a visit. Experts agree that house...
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Force Is the Left Hand of Entitlement

May 3, 2011
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Force Is the Left Hand of Entitlement

Politicians love to boast of the benefits they shower on favored constituents with their right hand. But as with the amazing feats performed by magicians, the unwary audience is watching the wrong hand. It may seem that in government the right hand often doesn’t know what the left is doing. However, it is surely...
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