What Does Health Reform Mean For You Presentation


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The new health care legislation will impact every American. The NCPA has created a presentation, "What Does Health Reform Mean for You?," which explains the new legislation’s major points in a succinct and unbiased way.

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What Does Health Reform Mean For You Presentation

  1. 1. Ideas Changing the World Health Reform Mean for You? Does What
  2. 2. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare)
  3. 3. A Better Health Care System? <ul><li>You will be required by law to have health insurance. </li></ul><ul><li>If you fail to insure, you will be fined. </li></ul><ul><li>If your employer does not offer insurance, your employer will be fined. </li></ul><ul><li>A government agency will decide what kind of health coverage you must have. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Where Will I Get Health Insurance? <ul><li>You may get it in the same place you get it today. </li></ul><ul><li>However, your coverage and benefits probably won’t be the same. </li></ul><ul><li>If you must buy your own insurance, you will have to obtain it through a government-regulated exchange. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Will I Be Able to Keep the Insurance I Now Have? <ul><li>Probably not. Employers can drop your coverage altogether and pay a fine that costs less than insuring you and your family. </li></ul><ul><li>14 million employees will lose their employer plan. </li></ul><ul><li>80% of small businesses won’t be able to keep their current plan. </li></ul><ul><li>More than 100 million people will be forced into a more costly, more regulated health plan. </li></ul>
  6. 6. How Much Will My Health Insurance Cost? <ul><li>$5,800 for an individual (in 2016) </li></ul><ul><li>$15,200 for a family of four (in 2016) </li></ul><ul><li>In the government exchange, the out-of-pocket premium will be limited to a percent of your income up </li></ul><ul><li>to about $43,000 </li></ul><ul><li>($88,000 for a family). </li></ul>
  7. 7. How Much Will My Health Insurance Cost? <ul><li>If you earn more than that, you will have to pay the full premium yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>There will be no new subsidies if you get insurance at work, but your premium may be limited to a percent of your income. </li></ul>
  8. 8. So, How Will My Employer or Health Insurer Know What My Income Is? The government will require you to show them your most recent tax return, revealing your total family income — including any nonwage income as well as your spouse’s income.
  9. 9. What Benefits Can I Expect? <ul><li>All new health plans must provide certain preventive services, with no copay or deductible. </li></ul><ul><li>Many people will get government subsidies to buy insurance they could not otherwise afford. </li></ul><ul><li>If you have a pre-existing condition, you will be able to buy insurance for the same premium people in good health pay. </li></ul><ul><li>No lifetime limits on health insurance coverage if you have an expensive, chronic health problem. </li></ul><ul><li>As many as 34 million people will become newly insured. </li></ul>
  10. 10. What Other Costs Can I Expect? <ul><li>More than half of the cost of reform will be paid for by reduced spending on the elderly and disabled on Medicare. </li></ul><ul><li>New taxes on drugs and medical devices, such as wheelchairs, pacemakers, artificial joints, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>40% tax on “Cadillac” plans. </li></ul><ul><li>Scores of other items will be taxed, ranging from tanning salons to the sale of your home, in some cases. </li></ul>
  11. 11. What Other Costs Can I Expect? <ul><li>There are also hidden costs: </li></ul><ul><li>Health insurers will have to raise premiums </li></ul><ul><li>for everyone. </li></ul><ul><li>Employers will have to reduce </li></ul><ul><li>wages and other benefits. </li></ul><ul><li>As many as 700,000 jobs </li></ul><ul><li>could be lost by 2019. </li></ul>
  12. 12. How Will the Government Enforce the Requirement to Buy Insurance? The enforcer of health reform is the Internal Revenue Service.
  13. 13. Will I Be Able to See a Doctor? <ul><li>You may not be able to see a doctor when you need help. </li></ul><ul><li>In Massachusetts, with a similar reform: </li></ul><ul><li>New patients in Boston wait an average of 63 days to see a family doctor. </li></ul><ul><li>More people than ever are seeking care at hospital emergency rooms. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Will I Be Able to See a Doctor? Giving everyone all of the newly promised free preventive services would leave every family doctor in America with no time to do anything else that doctors do!
  15. 15. What If I Am on Medicare? <ul><li>Medicare Advantage (MA) members will lose $1,267 in Medicare payments in 2014. </li></ul><ul><li>One of every two MA members (7.4 million) will lose their plan entirely. </li></ul><ul><li>One in seven hospitals may go out of business, and doctors may not take new patients. </li></ul>
  16. 16. What If I Am on Medicare? <ul><li>There are a number of new promised benefits: </li></ul><ul><li>Medicare will pay for an annual checkup. </li></ul><ul><li>Deductibles and copayments will be eliminated for many preventive services. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are in the prescription drug “doughnut hole,” you may qualify for a $250 rebate. </li></ul><ul><li>Eventually (in 2019), the doughnut hole will be eliminated. </li></ul>
  17. 17. For each $1 in new benefits, there will be $10 in reduced Medicare spending. There will be no new funding to make sure all the promised services will be available. If everyone on Medicare took advantage of a free annual checkup, we would need 23,000 extra doctors just to meet the demand. What If I Am on Medicare?
  18. 19. How Will Medical Care Change? <ul><li>Some insurers are already </li></ul><ul><li>restricting which doctors </li></ul><ul><li>you can see. </li></ul><ul><li>The new law encourages </li></ul><ul><li>doctors to join Accountable </li></ul><ul><li>Care Organizations (ACOs). </li></ul>
  19. 20. How Will Medical Care Change? <ul><li>In an Accountable Care Organization (ACO): </li></ul><ul><li>You will not necessarily see the same doctor or nurse on each visit. </li></ul><ul><li>You will not be allowed to get care from doctors outside of the ACO, and </li></ul><ul><li>The ACO will get to keep any money they save by giving you fewer tests and services. </li></ul>
  20. 21. What Can I Do? <ul><li>Visit www.ncpa.org/HealthReform today to: </li></ul><ul><li>Order copies of our health reform </li></ul><ul><li>pamphlet and share them with </li></ul><ul><li>everyone you know. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn more about the new </li></ul><ul><li>health care law by reading </li></ul><ul><li>a more detailed analysis </li></ul><ul><li>with links to sources. </li></ul>
  21. 22. Ideas Changing the World © 2010 National Center for Policy Analysis Layout and Design by Amber Jones