Link roundup: Health reform on January 1 2014
Transforming Health | 12.30.13
On New Year's Day, key elements of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, will go into effect. We've rounded up some opinion pieces on what lies ahead for the health reform law in 2014, key changes and dates that will impact you, and the latest news on the law.
January 1 2014: US health reform’s Gettysburg moment (Boston.com)
"A compelling comparison can be made between where the US is at right now on health reform and the nation's fortunes 150 years ago, right after the Union Army's victory at Gettysburg on July 4 1863."
6 key Obamacare dates to watch for in 2014 (CBS News)
2014 is an important year for President Obama's signature piece of legislation- Affordable Care Act, as key elements of the health reform law go into full effect.
What needs to happen for Obamacare to survive 2014 (Med City)
The ACA has had a rocky rollout, and Obamacare has received very little good news. Here are six things that need to happen for Obamacare to survive and potentially thrive in the new year.
Administration: 1.1 Million Signed Up via HealthCare.gov (Wall Street Journal)
According to the Obama administration,1.1 million people have signed up for private health-insurance plans through the federal online exchange, as of Sunday. But, that figure falls short of the government's earlier expectations for the new marketplace.
Navigating the new marketplace: could more insurance options lead to poorer choices? (NewsWorks)
"Tens of thousands of people flocked to the new online marketplace this past week, in hopes of signing up for coverage that could kick in as early as New Year's Day. The federal website is working better, but as more people get through the initial application process, they may then face a possibly daunting decision: which of all the plans should they choose?"
Beneath health law’s botched rollout is basic benefit for millions of uninsured Americans (Washington Post)
"Getting Americans health insurance is at the heart of the health law, the most significant change in health-care policy since the 1965 creation of Medicare, the federal program for the elderly, and Medicaid, the federal-state program for the poor and disabled."
Health official who oversaw ObamaCare rollout to retire (FOX News)
Michelle Snyder, the No. 2 official at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services who oversaw the problem-plagued launch of the federal ObamaCare website is retiring.
And, in Central Pennsylvania-
Central Pennsylvania health insurers take steps to help people affected by Obamacare cancellations (PennLive)
Two central Pennsylvania health insurers, Capital Blue Cross and Highmark Inc., have announced that they will take action to help thousands of central Pennsylvania residents whose health insurance plans are being canceled as a result of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
In York County, frustration with Affordable Care Act mirrors national experience (No Sweat, York)
The Affordable Care Act made it financially possible for Stephen Lambert to finally get health insurance. But Lambert’s patience and determination were ultimately what got him enrolled.
“When I went in that first day, I thought I was gonna come out with health coverage,” Lambert said. “I didn’t know it was going to take two months.”
Even Pennsylvania's congressmen experience "Obamacare" glitches (PennLive)
"Purchasing health insurance through the new exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act has turned out to be a reaffirming experience for Pennsylvania’s congressmen.
It reaffirmed for opponents that the far-reaching health insurance reform law commonly known as Obamacare is wrong for them. And, by extension, wrong for America.
Supporters, meanwhile, acknowledge bugs need to be addressed. But they argue that that’s understandable in the early-stage rollout of one of the most ambitious government undertakings in a generation."