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December, 2014

ACA deadlines.

Why enrollment deadlines could be cause for alarm

December 23, 2014 – ACA's open enrollment deadlines vary by state. Big deal? Depends on whether you want to wait another month for… Read more

Santa, fix the family glitch please!

Santa, please fix the ‘family glitch’

December 23, 2014 – There are somewhere between 2 and 4 million people who are impacted by the "family glitch" who are basically missing out on access to… Read more

Hanukkah Harry, help Obamacare!

Hanukkah Harry, enrollment transparency, please

December 22, 2014 – So what I'd like from Hanukkah Harry this year ... or going forward ... would be I know that recently HealthCare.gov has finally started… Read more

Help Obamacare Santa!

Santa, we need CSR subsidies for Bronze plans

December 21, 2014 – For low-income people Bronze plans are very rarely appropriate because the out-of-pocket costs are likely to be so high. Cost-sharing… Read more

Santa please deliver single-payer healthcare!

Santa, please deliver single-payer healthcare

December 21, 2014 – "I think that our first step – especially at this holiday season – is to ask for a change of heart … that ultimately, you have to… Read more

Medicaid expansion, Santa!

Medicaid expansion for every state’s stocking?

December 20, 2014 – This is really a tragic situation where many, many low-income Americans are not eligible for financial help at all because they live in a… Read more

Santa, keep the affordable in the ACA.

Santa, help keep the ‘affordable’ in ACA

December 20, 2014 – If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs it could mean that people buying insurance in 34 states – that's 4 1/2 million… Read more

Santa, please deliver relief from high deductibles.

Santa, please deliver relief from high deductibles

December 19, 2014 – What I'd like from Santa is for him to bring the American people some relief from the high deductibles that so many of us are having to… Read more

Your employer is dropping health coverage.

Your employer is dropping health coverage. Yay?

December 19, 2014 – If your employer drops your company-sponsored health insurance and sends you to the exchanges for coverage, everybody could… Read more

Stealth subsidy.

The Affordable Care Act’s ‘stealth subsidy’

December 3, 2014 – The Chicago Tribune devoted a whole feature to the plight of low-income buyers of high-deductible Bronze plans in Illinois without once… Read more

Bruised by the benchmark.

Bruised by the benchmark

December 2, 2014 – The volatility stems from the fact that subsidies, calculated to leave a buyer paying a fixed percentage of her income for monthly… Read more