Health Beat: Obamacare scams, insurance exchange ads & super-agers
Transforming Health | 08.23.13
Health Beat is our weekly roundup of important healthcare, wellness and research news from around the web. Explore our previous roundups here.
States Use Out-Of-The-Box Approaches To Raise Awareness Of Health Exchanges (Kaiser Health)
16 states and the District of Columbia have opted to run their own health insurance marketplaces. They’re creating out-of-the-box approaches to raising awareness about the exchanges that will be open to the public for business Oct. 1.
Confusion over Obamacare helps scammers (Marketplace)
“There's that old saying about turning a crisis into opportunity. Here's a twist on that: Turning confusion into opportunity.” There’s a lot of confusion surrounding how the online health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act will work. And, it’s creating ripe opportunities for scams… and a lot of them.
- FTC Alert: Scammers Out to Trick Consumers Using the Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act Ruling
Getting to know the sickest patients (Marketplace)
The Affordable Care Act is already transforming the health care industry in profound ways. As hospitals face steep penalties for readmissions, their executives are looking for ways to hone in on the sickest patients and understand why some people living with chronic diseases keep coming back time and time again, and why others don’t.
Hear patient testimonials from three programs in Central PA that are working with high-use patients to reduce their healthcare costs and improve their quality of life.
The largest group of Americans that doesn't have to comply with the individual mandate is Native Americans.
ObamaCare mandate skips over Native Americans (Fox News)
Under the Affordable Care Act, individuals will have to purchase health insurance or they will face a fine. But, many people are not required to comply with the mandate, due to religion, incarceration, or if they are a victim of a natural disaster or domestic violence.
But the largest group of Americans that is exempt is Native Americans, stemming from the fact that the federal government, through treaty obligations, has assumed a responsibility for Native Americans. This group’s unique treatment under the law is raising questions about the fairness of the law.
Medicaid's muddled preventive care picture (American Medical News)
One of the key focuses of the health reform law is no-cost coverage for a list of essential screenings and other prevention services. But, some beneficiaries still might miss out.
Out-of-pocket caps will be higher for some under ACA delay (American Medical News)
Certain plans that use different administrators for medical and drug benefits now have until 2015 to establish a unified limit on annual out-of-pocket expenses.
What you'll actually pay for Obamacare (CNN Money)
Wondering what you'll actually have to pay and when, under Obamacare? It depends.
UPS cuts insurance to 15,000 spouses, blames Obamacare (CNN Money)
Because of higher costs due to Obamacare, United Parcel Service announced that they are planning to drop 15,000 workers' spouses from its health insurance plan.
Study seeks super agers’ secrets; first clues show they have remarkably young-looking brains (Washington Post)
“Super agers:” They’re in their 80’s and 90’s, but with brains and memories of people half their age. And now, researchers are trying to understand and learn from this rare group in order to help protect people from memory loss.
Obamacare: People With Disabilities Face Complex Choices (NPR)
The Affordable Care Act requires that insurance plans cover a list of essential health benefits including maternity care and drug abuse treatment. Some of the categories are straightforward, but "habilitative services,” like physical and speech therapy are much more subjective.
Study Ties Poor Oral Health to Cancer-Causing Virus (New York Times)
Researchers have fund that people with poor oral health, think swollen gums and missing teeth, are more likely to be infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is a sexually transmitted virus, causes cancers of the cervix, mouth and throat.
College Prep, This Time for Health (New York Times)
When children head off to college, they take on responsibility for their own health, and now is the time to talk about how.