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February 2011

Employers weigh next step in health care

Reform could lead to some companies dumping coverage

By Guy Boulton of the Journal Sentinel

When he first got into the myriad details of federal health care reform, what struck Daniel Cahalane, the president of American Roller & Plasma Coatings LLC, was that the penalty for not offering health benefits to employees was a fraction of their actual cost.

Cahalane wondered if the company’s largest competitors would drop their health benefits, forcing American Roller to do the same to remain competitive.

For now, the Union Grove company has no intention of doing that.

Proposed federal bill may increase UNC-system health care costs

Premiums may double in system

By Jen Serdetchnaia | The Daily Tar Heel

A proposed federal regulation might change the administration — and significantly increase costs — of student health plans at universities nationwide, including the UNC-system plan that was introduced last semester.

University health insurance plans have come under scrutiny for having a greater profit margin than the typical individual health insurance coverage, while not providing students sufficient coverage.

The proposed regulation released last week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would categorize student health plans as individual health insurance coverage.

Broken Promises: How Obamacare Undercuts Existing Health Insurance


From the Heritage Foundation

To sell his overhaul of the United States health care system, President Barack Obama repeatedly assured Americans that if they liked their current health insurance plan they could keep it under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). This broad assurance was designed to disarm opposition from the great majority of Americans who have health insurance and are satisfied with it. Americans did not stop to parse the President’s assurance; they took him at his word.

Florida Official Sends Back $1M

By Jim Saunders, Health News Florida

Florida has a huge budget hole, and nobody truly knows whether the federal health-care overhaul will be upheld or killed by the Supreme Court.

But state Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty is taking his chances.

After a Pensacola judge’s ruling that the overhaul is unconstitutional, McCarty said Tuesday he will forfeit a $1 million federal grant that was supposed to go toward beefing up oversight of health-insurance rates.