What’s next for retiree health care
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius / CBS News The move comes after the movie theater massacre in Colorado that left 12 dead; the shootings in Newtown, Conn. , that killed 27; the Washington Navy Yard attack , in which 12 died; and the shooting at Los Angeles International Airport one week ago. Eighty-eight dead in 12 mass shootings in just over a year. Mental health professionals have sought this change for decades, both to improve treatment and to lift a long-standing stigma. Friday’s announcement means insurance companies now must provide the same benefit coverage for illnesses of the mind they have long provided for every other kind of illness.
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Sebelius tells lawmakers health law cutting costs
For now, companies making this shift aren’t necessarily cutting back on how much they’re spending on your health care, says Paul Fronstin, a senior research associate at the Employee Benefit Research Institute (though IBM capped its contribution years ago). But how you’ll fare over time will depend on the employer subsidy keeping up with premium hikes, says John Grosso, health care actuary at Aon Hewitt. If not, you’ll pay more. How I talk to my spouse about retirement You or your parents may leap at the chance for more choices, or be overwhelmed by the sign-up process. It’s similar to open enrollment, but with potentially more options.
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Yet in a measure of its troubled rollout, even he has concerns about HealthCare.gov website and the potential security risks it poses for consumers’ private information. “I want it all to work, and security is one factor, one component. It has to be secure,” Baucus told reporters Tuesday. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wedne To the chagrin of increasingly nervous Democrats, Republicans are also on the attack about the millions of Americans whose health insurers have told them their current policies are being canceled.
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Insurers directed to treat mental health issues the same as physical ailments
For way too long, the health-care system has openly discriminated against Americans with behavioral health problems. In the past, it was legal for insurance companies to treat these disorders differently than medical and surgical needs, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in announcing the rule Friday. Because of the 2008 mental health parity law, as well as the 2010 Affordable Care Act, we are finally closing these gaps in coverage, she said. Mental health advocates lauded Fridays news because they have been eagerly awaiting final regulations since the passage of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act in 2008.
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