December, 2009

posted Jan 28, 2010, 2:36 PM by Jason Gaudette   [ updated Mar 26, 2010, 1:23 PM by Frank Baskin ]

December 24, 2009

The Senate this AM passed its version of a universal health care bill.
Start Date - 2014 except for some protections which start sooner. -    click here for more

Payment - Taxes on higher cost(Cadillac)health care plans;fees on medical device makers
and indoor tanning;higher medicare payroll taxes on high income people.

Aid/subsidizes for low and middle income people.

Pre-existing conditions(and other insurance company exclusions)eliminated.

Medicaid - Expanded.

Children covered up to age 25.

Public option - Not included but the Federal Office of Personnel Management
will coordinate nation-wide plans which must include at least
 one non-profit. People will choose among plans.

An amended proposal is expected to be placed on the floor of the Senate for a vote by Dec 24,
What we know presently is the following:

  •  Most Americans will be required to have health insurance.
  • There will not be a government option.
  • There will be insurance exchanges where consumers may choose among insurance plans.
  • Some plans will be national non-profits.
  • A federal government agency will oversee the exchanges.
  • Earlier limits on the insurance companies(ex.- eliminating the presence of a pre-existing
  • condition as a reason to deny insurance) will remain.
  • There will be subsidies for middle income families who have income ofup to $ 88,000.
  • The tax on plastic surgery was taken out. It is unclear what other was substituted. The tax on high value or luxury plans remains.
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