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“Health meets Wealth”: The Health Care Mandate, Obamacare & Your Taxes

On January 1, 2013 Republicans and Democrats in the House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.

What will that mean for you, your family, your business and your employees?

I had an in depth conversation with my accountant today, just to get a clearer understanding of the new tax deal. I also had a conversation with a a colleague/physician who has lived much of his medical career on Capitol Hill. Two experts with expert knowledge.

Then I got a message from the White house about the “Seven Things You Need to Know About the Tax Deal” and that’s when I had even more questions

This Thursday, July 10th, 2013 at 8 PM eastern (www.time.gov), I have the pleasure of discussing this topic in detail with my expert guests, William J Mosley, CPA, ESQ, and Dr. Lonnie Joe, MD. Both of them are well versed in the details that may affect your future health and wealth.

Wealth: William J Mosley, CPA, Esq. (The best tax expert & specialist in the Urban and Suburban area for your personal and business needs, with the new Tax laws.)

Health: Dr. Lonnie Joe, MD (The best doctor in America with his pulse on the patient and the political health situation.)

Talk to the best.

To register and submit your question(s) go to http://conversationswithdrshelbylane.com.

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Health Care in a Broken System? The New Prescription…

Do you want to know how to obtain the best health care available for less money?

The health care system is broken, but there are still solutions to this ongoing problem, that plagues millions of Americans?

The self employed, entrepreneurs, fully insured, under-insured, and uninsured, all suffer from the same condition….a broken system.

The many answers, oddly enough, may be in your own hands, as a consumer.

This Thursday we’ll be speaking with Dr. Cynthia Haines, the author of the book The New Prescription: How to Get the Best Health Care in a Broken System.

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The New Health Care Law’s Effect on State Medicaid Spending


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This is a study of the effects in the 5 most populous states:

The New Health Care Law’s Effect on State Medicaid Spending

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Cynthia Shelby-Lane, MD
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Bad Medicine?


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Here’s a guide to the real costs and consequences of the new health care law:

Bad Medicine: A Guide to the Real Costs and Consequences of the New Health Care Law

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Cynthia Shelby-Lane, MD
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The Case Against President Obama’s Health Care Reform


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This is a primer for nonlawyers compiled by Robert E. Levy:

The Case Against President Obama’s Health Care Reform

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Cynthia Shelby-Lane, MD

Key Points About the Government Health Care Bill


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Health Reform in Action

Health reform makes health care more affordable, holds insurers more accountable, expands coverage to all Americans and makes our health system sustainable.

Learn more at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/healthreform

Best of health,
Dr. Cynthia Shelby-Lane
http://shelbylanemd.com

How can we fix health care?

Health Care Reform Explained

Health Care Reform Explained Your Questions Answered By: Susan Jaffe | Source: AARP Bulletin Today | April 1, 2010 * 

 

 WHERE WE STAND From AARP CEO A. Barry Rand: “We are thankful for the leadership, courage and hard work Members of Congress and the President demonstrated in ensuring they followed through on their commitment to older Americans.” Read more WANT TO TAKE ACTION? HealthActionNow.org Join the movement! SEE ALSO • Get the Facts on Health Reform BREAKING NEWS • Follow us on Twitter • Fan us on Facebook Need help understanding the new health care reforms? You’re not alone. The legislation is more than 2,000 pages—longer than Tolstoy’s epic novel War and Peace—and it’s crammed with new benefits, rules, penalties and projects, spread out over years. To help you find out just what it all means to you, AARP will be answering your questions about health care reform online. E-mail your questions to HCRquestions@aarp.org.

Then check back here for the answers and information you need to know. Q. I’m over 50 and have been turned away by health insurers who either won’t sell me coverage or charge so much I can’t afford to buy it, all because of my health problems. How long do I have to wait before I can get covered? A. If you have preexisting medical conditions and have been unable to get health insurance for at least six months, you should be eligible to buy coverage through a temporary federally funded program called a “high-risk pool.”

 Under the new law, this option—expected to be available by July—will cover about 2 million men and women in your situation. Older members cannot be charged more than four times what younger members pay for this coverage, and out-of-pocket expenses are limited to $5,950 for an individual or $11,900 for a family this year. This isn’t a new idea: Many states already offer high-risk pools for their residents, but some are closed to new enrollees because of high costs.

That will change and every state will be participating, thanks to an influx of $5 billion in federal aid. How much premiums will cost to join the high-risk pool, in which hospitals and doctors will participate, and exactly what will be covered are among the key details yet to be worked out. So it’s no surprise that at this point, there isn’t a telephone number the public can call for more information. This program ends in 2014, when insurance companies will be required to sell policies to anyone, regardless of their preexisting medical conditions. Q. I’m having trouble now finding a primary care doctor. Will it be harder for me to get one when millions more people get health insurance because of this new law? A.

While 32 million people will eventually be added to the rolls of the insured, that won’t happen overnight or in one fell swoop. It will take time, and about half will be insured through state health insurance exchanges, which won’t open until 2014. But you are right—it can be hard to find a primary care doctor who will accept a new patient, especially as the nation’s population grows older and demand increases. During the health reform debate, Republican critics such as Florida Sen. George LeMieux warned that a physician shortage could undermine the entire reform effort: “It’s not health care reform if the doctor is not in,” he said. The new law addresses the shortage of primary care doctors in three basic ways.

• First, primary care doctors who treat Medicare patients will receive an extra 10 percent bonus from 2011 to 2016, and earn another small bonus if they file health care quality reports with Medicare. In addition, the law adjusts Medicare payments to reflect the variations in medical costs by geographical area, which the American Medical Association says will benefit doctors in 42 states.

The measure also raises payments for family physicians who treat patients in Medicaid, the government’s health care program for low-income people. And it reduces paperwork for doctors who treat Medicare and Medicaid patients—another sweetener to entice physicians into the programs. • The second way the law tackles the shortage is by providing incentives for doctors to go into the primary care field.

For example, it expands loan forgiveness programs to defray the cost of medical school and provides money for primary care training programs at teaching hospitals. It also provides grants to medical schools to recruit and train students who will practice medicine in rural communities.

There are similar incentives for training nurses and other medical providers, which should help ease the demand for primary care doctors. • Finally, the law encourages changes in how patients are treated by creating “accountable care organizations”—physician and other medical groups—which will be paid according to how well the patient fares, rather than the number of services provided, explained Jean Silver-Isenstadt, M.D., executive director of the National Physicians Alliance. “This means that issues that can be handled over the phone, will be, and patients won’t be required to come in for an office visit just to ensure the physician gets paid,” she said.

 

“This will free up valuable time for doctors to see more patients.” No one knows for sure whether bonuses and other changes will build up the supply of primary care doctors fast enough to keep pace with demand. Susan Jaffe has written about health care reform for Health Affairs and covered aging issues for the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Fighting For Small Businesses

Recently the US Chamber of Commerce was on the hill speaking to Congress about the health care system and the impact it has on small businesses.  The Chamber called for measured a approach to health care reform.  Click on the link for more details about what happened.

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