Health Plans Must Provide Some Preventive Tests at No Cost

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    Some thing’s are improving. Excerpts from a NY Times article:

    Health Plans Must Provide Some Preventive Tests at No Cost
    By ROBERT PEAR, Published: July 14, 2010

    WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday issued new rules requiring health insurance companies to provide free coverage for dozens of screenings, laboratory tests and other types of preventive care.
    . . . The new requirements promise significant benefits for consumers — if they take advantage of the services that should now be more readily available and affordable.
    . . . In general, the government said, Americans use preventive services at about half the rate recommended by doctors and public health experts.
    …………………… The rules stipulate that no co-payments can be charged for tests and screenings recommended by the United Ststes Preventive Services Task force, an independent panel of scientific experts.
    ………………….. The administration said the requirements could increase premiums by 1.5 percent, on average.
     
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    That means I will end up paying for more stuff I don't want or need. That will definitely drive the cost of health care up, not down.
     
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    Of course it will. And just so we all know who is going to administer this Obamanation:

    The man in his own words:

    "I cannot believe that the individual health care consumer can enforce through choice the proper configurations of a system as massive and complex as health care. That is for leaders to do."

    "You cap your health care budget, and you make the political and economic choices you need to make to keep affordability within reach."

    "Please don't put your faith in market forces. It's a popular idea: that Adam Smith's invisible hand would do a better job of designing care than leaders with plans can."

    "Indeed, the Holy Grail of universal coverage in the United States may remain out of reach unless, through rational collective action overriding some individual self-interest, we can reduce per capita costs."

    "It may therefore be necessary to set a legislative target for the growth of spending at 1.5 percentage points below currently projected increases and to grant the federal government the authority to reduce updates in Medicare fees if the target is exceeded."

    "About 8% of GDP is plenty for 'best known' care."

    "A progressive policy regime will control and rationalize financing—control supply."

    "The unaided human mind, and the acts of the individual, cannot assure excellence. Health care is a system, and its performance is a systemic property."...



    Henninger: Berwick Recess Appointment Is Bigger Than Kagan - WSJ.com
     
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    No it won't. Didn't you read the article? It will be free, meaning no one will pay for it! Jeez! :rolleyes:
     
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    "at no cost".

    I love it. Absolutely nothing comes for no cost. Anywhere. For anything. For any reason.
     
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    The first cut in the execution of the private health care industry.

    And done by unconstitutional presidential fiat no less! How peachy is that shit?
     
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    Berwick is the CMS administrator. This story is primarily about commercial insurance plans. Two different domains.

    That means no cost-sharing at the point of care. If you're getting evidence-based preventive care, you won't be charged a copay or pay coinsurance. It's designed, obviously, to encourage people to take advantage of preventive care. It doesn't mean they're no longer paying premiums for their insurance.

    This provision is in the text of the law (SEC. 2713. COVERAGE OF PREVENTIVE HEALTH SERVICES). Rulemaking is always done because legislation instructs the Secretary to do so in administering a given piece of a law, its not unconstitutional nor is it simply done on a whim.
     
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    Creating a tax of 1.5% on all private insurance is outside the power of the executive branch. The president does not have the direct power to tax. Congress must pass it.
     
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    Nice spin, comrade. :rolleyes:
     
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    ...which they did. See the Affordable Care Act.

    SEC. 2713. COVERAGE OF PREVENTIVE HEALTH SERVICES.

    `(a) In General- A group health plan and a health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall, at a minimum provide coverage for and shall not impose any cost sharing requirements for--
    `(1) evidence-based items or services that have in effect a rating of `A' or `B' in the current recommendations of the United States Preventive Services Task Force;
    `(2) immunizations that have in effect a recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with respect to the individual involved; and
    `(3) with respect to infants, children, and adolescents, evidence-informed preventive care and screenings provided for in the comprehensive guidelines supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration.
    `(4) with respect to women, such additional preventive care and screenings not described in paragraph (1) as provided for in comprehensive guidelines supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration for purposes of this paragraph.
    `(5) for the purposes of this Act, and for the purposes of any other provision of law, the current recommendations of the United States Preventive Service Task Force regarding breast cancer screening, mammography, and prevention shall be considered the most current other than those issued in or around November 2009.​


    Honestly, has no one even looked at this thing? No wonder half the threads about it start with "another surprise in the reform law...".
     
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