What’s Next With Healthcare Reform?

by User Not Found | Aug 01, 2012
The recent Supreme Court decision in support of the Affordable Care Act requires most individuals to carry health insurance or pay a tax for failure to do so, as of January 1, 2014.

The recent Supreme Court decision in support of the Affordable Care Act requires most individuals to carry health insurance or pay a tax for failure to do so, as of January 1, 2014. Insurers will no longer be able to discriminate based on pre-existing conditions or health status. Children may remain on their parents’ coverage until age 26 and state and federal governments will offer health insurance exchanges.

The expansion of Medicaid program was ruled unconstitutional in that the federal government cannot withhold funding to states that do not expand Medicaid to include those with incomes up to 133% of the federal poverty level (FPL). The law does allow the federal government to withhold funding for the expansion but not existing programs.

Under the Affordable Care Act the federal government will initially fund 100% of a state’s expansion to cover those with incomes 133% of the federal poverty level, while transitioning to 90% in 2020.
Some states may choose to expand only partially (120% to 125% of FPL), while others not at all. This could still leave a significant number of people uninsured.

Joe Calandra CMO, Midwest Imaging Professionals
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