2014 health insurance costs rising more
Will a separate religious exemption undermine the form’s intent? (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times) Also By Eryn Brown November 1, 2013, 3:08 p.m. Two days after the California Department of Public Health released its new form requiring parents who want to exempt their kids from required vaccinations to speak with a doctor, an association of public health officers is voicing concern over an option on the form that allows parents to easily bypass the requirement. A box parents can check allows them to skip talking to their doctor if they vouch that they’re “a member of a religion that prohibits me from seeking medical advice or treatment from authorized healthcare practitioners.” The new form is an outgrowth of the passage of AB 2109.
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Challenges have dogged Obama’s health plan since 2010
Larry Summers , director of the White Houses National Economic Council, and Peter Orzag, head of the Office of Management and Budget, had just received a pointed four-page memo from a trusted outside health adviser. It warned that no one in the administration was up to the task of overseeing the construction of an insurance exchange and other intricacies of translating the 2,000-page statute into reality. Summers, Orzag and their staffs agreed. For weeks that spring, a tug of war played out inside the White House, according to five people familiar with the episode. On one side, members of the economic team and Obama health-care adviser Zeke Emanuel lobbied for the president to appoint an outside health reform czar with expertise in business, insurance and technology. On the other, the presidents top health aides who had shepherded the legislation through its tortuous path on Capitol Hill and knew its every detail argued that they could handle the job.
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health-care system is the most-expensive in the world. Employee-benefits consultant Aon Hewitt is forecasting a 6.9 percent increase in overall annual premium costs in the Columbus area next year, with the average total premium cost per local employee reaching $10,777. That includes both the employers and employees share. Its the largest local increase in seven years, up from the 3.9 percent increase this year and 4.9 percent increase last year, according to the annual survey. Nationwide, employees share of health-care costs including their out-of-pocket costs is expected to be $4,969 in 2014, up nearly 150 percent from a decade earlier. Gov.
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