ACA: PLUSES and MINUSES

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has insured more people. Simultaneously,  insurers are shifting costs to some of the insured.

Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) announced the uninsured declined 63% in Oregon. About 200,000 still lack health insurance. Most of the newly insured are covered by the Oregon Health Plan, a Medicaid program. Peter Korn reported on the findings in "OHSU: State makes a big 'dent' in number of uninsured," published by the Portland Tribune on 9-18-14. LEARN MORE.

The ACA forbids using preexisting conditions to deny coverage. Yet, people with certain conditions, such as diabetes, epilepsy, and HIV, may now pay more for generic drugs. The insurers deem these generic drugs non-preferred and charge higher co-payments. Charles Ornstein wrote an article "A New Way Insurers are Shifting Costs to the Sick," co-published by ProPublica and The New York Times' The Upshot on 9-17-14  LEARN MORE 

 

Posted on September 19, 2014 .