As we get closer to implementation timing for the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare, healthcare providers and state governments still have many questions. Peter Mojarras, Director of Operations at Castle Family Health Centers said, “Care providers want to know exactly how everything will work at the local level. For example, they don’t know if patients will be able to keep their same providers. We have not received enough information,” he said. “Area medical officials are doing their best to be prepared for the change and help educate the community as the date gets closer.”
According to HealthAffairs.org, the final days of February and the first day of March 2013 brought a landslide of new ObamaCare implementation issuances, a testament for how many of the details still are being worked out, leaving providers and patients still unsure what to expect. These included a proposed rule amending existing Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) regulations, a final rule setting out the benefit and payment parameters that will be used by insurance companies, and much more.
In other news, also from HealthAffairs.org, the time is quickly approaching when health insurers must file the rates and forms they will need to put in place for 2014. There is a lot of concern over pending “rate shock” when premiums skyrocket because of requirements contained in the new legislation. According to the Wall Street Journal, Health Premiums could as much as double under ObamaCare, due to the requirements that everyone is accepted who applies for insurance, the insurance companies cannot charge more based on serious medical conditions, and numerous coverage mandates are included.