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2/6/13 Health News

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

If you don't or didn't get a chance to read the Health News on SparkPoints today, this is very interesting.

Fewer May Get Insurance Under Health Care Reform: Report

Only about 27 million more Americans will have health insurance by 2017, instead of the 32 million to 34 million originally projected by the Obama administration when it implemented the health care reform law, according to a Congressional Budget Office report.

It said that the smaller number of newly-insured people within four years is mostly due to the deal Congress made last month to prevent the country from going over the fiscal cliff, NBC News reported.

***The CBO said the deal takes away some of the tax breaks employers get for providing health care coverage to employees. This means that about eight million people who would have been insured by their employers will likely lose their coverage.

Some of those people will likely purchase health insurance on the new insurance exchanges that are scheduled to be available by October, while others will become newly eligible for Medicaid, NBC News reported.

About 18 percent of Americans under age 65 don't have health insurance, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. One of the main goals of the Affordable Care Act was to greatly increase the number of people with health insurance.
***About eight million people who would have been insured by their employers will likely lose their coverage. I believe both my husband and I will not have our health coverage through our employers. I already am paying $3,000 a year toward my health insurance. I have MS and MGUS which require blood tests and my co-pays are $30 for each visit. Add in all the extra fees and I am spending a fortune on a voluntary retired lifestyle due to MS. My husband also had to retire early due to going deaf. We are not collecting Social Security or any other government aid.
I think everything is out of control and the low income earners (like me) are suffering more.
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    There are so many things wrong that I feel that critical decisions that are made are making things worse. Illinesses that require mediction that is expensive and trying to aquire them on a lower income is terrible. But i guess generics are just as good as a regular prescription,then why are they called generics,huh! Dunno folks.
    1931 days ago
    I totally agree!
    I didn't know you had MS, or else I forgot. I have it too.
    This insurance idea is scary, and it is funny, to get disability you have to not be working for 3 years before you can get it. How are the bills supposed to get paid in these 3 years? I am lucky because my husband makes good money, by the grace of God, but others aren't so fortunate and I feel for these people so much!
    1932 days ago
    I don't know what the answers are! I currently purchase my own not through my employer. I just have to consider it the cost of working, living, breathing... I don't have super coverage either. I have what one would call 'catastrophic' care. You've got to have something for major illnesses and/or accidents... otherwise you would be financially stripped! I agree though... What a RACKET!
    1932 days ago
    Insurance has become such a scam. We can't afford not to have it, and we have to give up other necessities in life to pay for it.
    1932 days ago
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