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Posted by Andy Adams on March 25, 2014 - 1:36pm
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Hobby Lobby will stand before the Supreme Court today to plead its case on why it should not be forced to offer abortion pills in the health insurance plan it provides for its employees.  You may recall that the Obama Administration has tried to "accommodate" religious institutions, but its "accommodation" is illusory at best.  That is another lawsuit.  In Hobby Lobby's case, no accommodation or reprieve has been offered.  

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Posted by Andy Adams on March 24, 2014 - 4:47pm
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As we near the end of the first open enrollment period for the state and federal exchanges, we are getting some data about just who is signing up and/or enrolling for health insurance coverage.  First, there is a difference between "sign ups" and "enrollments."  Sign ups have not yet paid.   Enrollments have paid.

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Posted by Andy Adams on March 24, 2014 - 4:20pm
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In my inbox this morning was an advertisement from Organizing for Action with this sticker.  This is a play on the Yellow Gadsen Flag that dates from the revolutionary war and has become a favorite at Tea Party rallies and on the bumpers of those less appreciative of government overreach.  The coiled rattlesnake has been replaced by a coiled stethescope.  The message has been altered from "Don't Tread On Me" to "Don't Tread On My Obamacare."  Clever to be sure.

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Posted by Tracy Dacus on March 13, 2014 - 1:10pm
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The Department of Health and Human Services quietly rolled out another health care reform change last week.  While Kathleen Sebelius speaks out in the House against the bill that would delay the individual mandate for 5 years, her agency has provided a way out without paying a penalty.  So what's the difference?  

From the Wall Street Journal, March 12, 2014:

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Posted by Tracy Dacus on February 21, 2014 - 10:39am
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Late night host Jimmy Kimmel did his own survey on Obamacare earlier this week.  Watch what happened...

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Posted by Andy Adams on February 11, 2014 - 4:55pm
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We were greeted with the "surprise" news that the employer mandate has been delayed FOR SOME EMPLOYERS once again.  I place the word "surprise" in quotes not because we knew it was coming, but because at this point being "surprised" by the sudden changes in Obamacare is like Vizzini repeatedly declaring "INCONCEIVABLE!" in The Princess Bride.  

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Posted by Tracy Dacus on February 10, 2014 - 4:02pm
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This just in - another Obamacare mandate delayed!

The Obama administration announced today that employers with between 50 and 99 full-time workers will not have to comply with the Affordable Care Act's requirement for health insurance until 2016.  In addition, those companies with 100 workers or more can avoid penalties if they offer coverage to at least 70% of their full-time employees.  Originally, employers with 50 full-time workers or more had to offer coverage or pay a penalty of $2,000 per employee starting in 2014.  

 

Stand by for more details and analysis here on the Adams Insurance Service blog.

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Posted by Andy Adams on February 7, 2014 - 9:53am
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In his State of the Union speech, the President announced that 9 million people had enrolled for health plans on the exchange.  This is an incredible number compared to the number of enrollees just a few weeks ago.  Does this mean that the exchange is now a huge success?  A turnaround of epic proportions with millions clamoring for its products.  Well . . . 
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Posted by Andy Adams on December 20, 2013 - 11:51am
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Here is the latest ad hoc measure to stem the tide of bad news from the individual health insurance market.  Health and Human Services announced  yesterday that consumers with cancelled plans (ala Obamacare's new rules and regulations) would be eligible for a hardship waiver for 2014 and would be exempt from the individual mandate.

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Posted by Andy Adams on December 9, 2013 - 9:40am
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1.  They are all top medical facilities in the United States.  2. People come from all over the world to be treated by their doctors.  3. All three are excluded from all but a handful of health plans offered on healthcare.gov.  Good luck determining which plan gives you coverage.  From the Financial Times:

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