Another quick week is done, altho after the two inches of snow Tuesday I’m not sure that’s a bad thing. So here’s what happened while we were digging out.
There’s a bunch of news re ACA enrollment and the impact thereof; I’ve picked out the key parts (as I see them) for your edification.
The latest projections on PPACA enrollment are out, and the Administration is touting a higher-than-even-originally-projected 8 million insureds. Notably, this does NOT mean all are newly insured, and does not exclude those who have not paid their premiums as of yet (for the newly-enrolled population, there’s no way to tell until their premium payment late period has expired.
Why aren’t GOP-led states jumping on the Medicaid block grant bandwagon? If they are so sure they can do a better job (and I don’t doubt that some can) than the feds, what’s with the reluctance? Bob Laszewski asks this vital question – and the answer is…
From investment research firm L.E.K. comes an excellent review of the impact of health care reform on hospitals. Yes, it’s a complex issue, and no, don’t say you don’t have time to read it. This is a very good piece, and relevant for work comp as hospital expenses are rising in many states. Of note – Medicare’s hospital expenses are projected to drop over the next decade – there may be an effort on the part of facilities to make that deficit up from…somewhere.
Health insurance premiums will be 15% less than predicted next year - so says a just-released study by the CBO, which did that initial prediction back in 2009, just before ACA became law. The CBO study also lowered the total cost projection for ACA by $105 billion over the next decade.
Finally, with RIMS coming up in just over a week, there may well be a couple big deals announced end of next week or at the show in Denver. I won’t be there (too much client work, and work comp isn’t a big part of the show) but many will. Expect at least one announcement; there may well be two deals completed by the time the show opens.
Here’s hoping the sun shines on your weekend.