Subsidies won’t go away no matter what the Supreme Court decides, but they are on shaky ground — long term.
On Monday, April 20, 2015, over 68,000 individuals had taken advantage of the federal government’s extended open enrollment period, which allows individuals and families to enroll in an Obamcare healthcare plan to avoid paying a fine on their 2015 taxes.1 The standard open enrollment period was extended after it was determined approximately 6 million people were surprised to learn they had to pay a tax penalty for not having coverage when filing their 2014 income taxes.
Consumers need more transparency to help them make better healthcare decisions. Too often, it is not clear if a provider is in network. It is not clear, if a specialty drug is covered by a health plan. It is not clear, what the actual cost is of a medical procedure.
Guest post by David Holt
Did you know that you can negotiate your medical bills? If not, you are not alone. In fact, the leading cause of bankruptcy in the United States is due to medical debt. Ten million Americans with active health insurance plans still have trouble paying their medical bills.1
A recent study conducted by The Journal of the American Medical Association found male registered nurses make $5,148 more per year compared to their female counterparts, and this inequality of pay between the two sexes has not changed in decades, while other industries have narrowed salary differences.