New health care provisions go into effect soon
September 21, 2010
ST. LOUIS - Several important elements of the Affordable Care Act go into effect on September 23, 2010, making it easier for many Missourians to access health insurance and care, according to a reminder from the Missouri Foundation for Health.

The key provisions include:

Information on other provisions of the health care reform law and their impact is available here or here.

Rate hikes that weren't suppose to happen

The office of Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts has called attention to information, they say, came out of a Senate Republican conference on the subject of a premium rate increase for health insurance. They quote HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as saying, "Well, I think the rate increases are likely to continue to be somewhat substantial." They have called attention to what Sebelius said in a press conference statement last February in which she predicted that by just passing health reform bills premiums would go down between 14 and 20 percent.

It should be noted that recently Sebelius in a teleconference, reported by on September 21, said that the Medicare Advantage program was "stronger than ever before because of the Affordable Care Act." She predicted that average premiums in 2011 would be lower than 2010 by about 1%.

For new insureds the news regarding rate hikes appears to be rather gloomy in spite of any comments by the Obama administration to the contrary. Media, including The Wall Street Journal ("Health Insurers Plan Hikes," 9/8/10) are enumerating the number of insurance companies with rate hikes on their agendas, they say, because of the new health insurance requirements.

Roberts recently called for hearings on "Obamacare" following the multiple reports of rising health insurance premiums increasing the cost of health care for consumers. He joined Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), ranking member on the Senate Committee on Finance and other committee Republicans in sending a letter dated September 17, 2010, to Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee requesting hearings to examine "Obamacare."

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