HEALTH / FITNESS NEWS
June 25, 2012 12:00:00 AM
  Follow @ Twitter

The US law that extends health insurance coverage to most Americans, dubbed "Obamacare" by its detractors, is 2,400 pages long, but only a few points have been challenged before the US Supreme Court.

-- THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE --

Beginning in 2014, every US citizen will be obliged to acquire health insurance, either individually or through their employer, or be subject to sanctions. The only exceptions are members of certain faiths, prisoners, elderly or disabled Americans covered by Medicare, and those covered by Medicaid, the insurance program for the poor.

It is the most controversial element of the law, which is challenged by 28 states. Opponents argue that Congress overstepped its constitutional prerogatives requiring individuals to buy insurance. The administration contends that the Congress was on solid ground by virtue of constitutional provisions on trade and taxes.

-- PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS --

Beginning in 2014, insurance companies must extend coverage to all applicants regardless of pre-existing health conditions.

This point has not been challenged, but it may not survive if the individual mandate is judged unconstitutional. The Supreme Court will have to determine whether the law could survive without this key measure.

-- COVERAGE OF THE POOR --

The income levels for those eligible for coverage under Medicaid, the government insurance program for the poor, are raised to 133 percent of the poverty level, extending the benefit to 16 million Americans.

The states appealing to the court say this reform would involve a notable transformation of the federal-state partnership in the financing of Medicaid. The administration assures that the additional cost will be financed entirely by the federal government.

-- THE MARKETS --

Each state is to create a marketplace by 2014 where individuals and employers can compare insurance policies and rates and sign up for coverage. Some part of the population and small businesses could be eligible for government assistance. Businesses with more than 50 employees who do not offer their employees coverage by 2014 must pay a fine.

AFP


PREVIOUS STORY
Greek PM to stay in hospital after eye surgery: doctors
NEXT STORY
Italy hospital conducts first fully robotic liver procedure

Bookmark and Share
   




FIJI NEWS
We will accept election outcome, says TikoitogaFiji’s military Commander, Brigadier General Mosese Tikoitoga says the military will accept the outcome of the 2014 Elections and stands ready to support the elected government.
SPORTS
Veterans to convene for snooker tourneyThe Southern Division Billiards and Snooker Association (SDBSA) will host the veterans open snooker tournament at the Merchants Club in Suva this weekend.
TECHNOLOGY
Fiji to migrate to digital televisionThe Fijian Government has announced plans to switch from analogue to digital television.
LIFESTYLE/FASHION
Tafuna’i ready to fly Fiji’s flag highNew crowned Miss World Fiji, Charlene Tafuna’i is ready to do wonders for Fiji in the Miss World Finals in December and is calling for the nation’s backing.
ENTERTAINMENT
Tove Lo’s debut album Queen of the Clouds out Sept 26Tove Lo’s debut album, Queen Of The Clouds, is to release on September 26, featuring the latest single Not On Drugs, and the previous hit Stay High.
OFFBEAT
Mercury 'took Princess Diana to gay barQueen singer Freddie Mercury disguised the late Princess Diana as a male model and smuggled her into a notorious gay bar, according to a memoir serialised in Britain's Sunday Times.
NEWS SPORTS INFOTAINMENT SERVICES MOBILE EXTRA HOT TOPICS