What Healthcare Reform means to Consumers
I expect that people are probably more than a little tired of the rhetoric around health care reform, whether it is good, bad, or otherwise in particular. Also, in these parts there has been plenty of commentary on what companies stand to benefit or struggle based on the now passed legislation.
This post is not interested in either of those things.
Instead, I wanted to link a couple of informational sources that comment on what the legislation means to us, the consumers of health care and when we need to worry about it.
The first is a summary of the bills requirements and obligations on consumers put together by the New York times: How the Health Care Overhaul Could Affect You
Note that it will be business as usual for many consumers in the near term, particularly those obtaining insurance via an employer, but come 2014 there will be additional obligations and options for consumers to concern themselves with. The commentary is organized by the situation the consumer is currently, or expects to be, in e.g. insured on your own, insured through employer, uninsured, etc. [Shoutout to Eye on FDA blog for bringing this to my attention.]
Second is a commentary prepared by accounting firm Dixon Hughes: Health Care Reform Acts
This is a broader commentary on the bill. In addition to bullet pointing information of interest to consumers, this commentary also contains information to employers and businesses as to what they will need to concern themselves with related to providing care to employees. The outline is in a timeline fashion detailing what changes take place when. [Thank to TMFMurph for bringing this information to my attention].
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