Benefits.....Opinion, Hearsay & News Review
employer costs for employee compensation averaged $31.16 per hour worked in
September 2013 with $21.54 per hour for wages and benefits the additional $9.61
per hour. State and local government averaged $42.51per hour in wages and
benefits while private industry averaged $29.23 per hour. Is something wrong
with that picture? A UBA survey shows that public sector workers health
plan costs increased 22% from $7,001 PEPY in 2012 to $8,551 in 2013. Private
sector costs increased 15.8% from $5,226 to $6,040.
following was developed by researchers at Crain's for Obamacare plans in
web site problems on the exchange, people who were insured under the
broke and broken pre-existing
conditions plans have been given another month to sign up for Obamacare and they
now have through the month of January.
Oregon was supposed to have the
best working web site of the states that built their own. However, through
November the state web site had enrolled just 44 people at a cost of $300
million to taxpayers for site development. A NYT survey says that 53% of the
uninsured disapprove of Obamacare, compared to 51% disapproval by those who have
Aside from constantly moving
back enrollment dates to accommodate people who have not been able to access the
federal website, HHS has now said that people whose plans were cancelled due to
Obamacare are now going to be allowed to purchase catastrophic plans, even if
they are over the less than age 30 requirement for those plans. In
addition, the individual mandate will no longer apply to those who had their
plans canceled due to Obamacare.
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was supposed to solve the problem of the poor using emergency rooms for care.
However, a study covered in Bloomberg news shows that those who have Medicaid
coverage were 40% more likely to use the emergency room than the uninsured. With
the majority of Obamacare sign-ups being for Medicaid plans, emergency room use
is likely to increase. Problem solved?
officials are telling new enrollees that the federal insurance marketplace will
not be able to update their coverage to reflect the birth of a baby. Parents are
being told to contact the insurer directly and contact the government later on
after the government fixes the problem. Hmmmm, who do the Medicaid people tell?
Supreme Court has put a temporary hold on the law that religious groups must
cover contraceptives and abortion. The injunction was sought by
several Catholic religious groups including the Little Sisters of the Poor.
Meanwhile, the administration and
DOJ are urging the court to reverse itself and make the groups subject to the
law without further delay. Apparently, freedom of religion is not a necessity to
the Health Trends Institute comes a survey of companies that says 35.2% of
companies offered 3 or more benefit plans, while 34% reported offering only one
benefit plan and 30.8% offered two options.
reports are saying approximately 6 million people signed up for Obamacare.
They get 6 million signing up, but nobody know how many will actually pay
premium. Of the six million signed up, 3.9 million are signed for Medicaid,
leaving 2.1 million paying
customers. An estimated 6.1 million lost their coverage due to the law. All
this loss of freedom and upsetting of markets and employers that was supposedly
going to solve the problem of 47 million people being uninsured. What a waste.
What a disaster.