What Obamacare means for retirees

When the autumn leaves start to fall, it is time for Medicare enrollment. Starting on October 15th, seniors can shop for prescription drug or Medicare Advantage managed-care plans in online exchanges that let them compare features and prices. Wait a minute, you’re thinking – online health insurance exchanges? Isn’t that the Obamacare insurance market launch […]

Employers look to Obamacare exchanges and Medicare for retiree health insurance

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is leading the charge in the public sector to cut  healthcare costs by shifting retirees into new public insurance exchanges created under Obamacare. Detroit, which filed for bankruptcy, hopes to push retirees who are too young for Medicare onto the new public insurance exchanges as a way of shedding healthcare liabilities. […]

Obamacare enrollment: What older Americans need to know

The marketing blitz for the launch of Obamacare is underway, with ad campaigns in many states featuring actors, musicians and athletes urging people to sign up for the health insurance program. A big federal ad campaign will follow in September. Marketing and communication might serve as an antidote to the confusion and antipathy that persists […]

Medicare Advantage defies the forecast with rapid growth

If we used tennis scoring to track the progress of healthcare reform, this would be the moment to declare: advantage Advantage. Obamacare opponents have been warning for several years now that Medicare Advantage, the private plan option that seniors can pick instead of traditional fee-for-service Medicare, would fail because of the healthcare law’s impact on […]

Healthcare reform to end ‘job lock’ for the over-50 crowd

When Carmen Oberai was diagnosed with breast cancer several years ago, she knew the treatment would make it tough for her to stay at her job. But she needed the health insurance provided by her employer, so she worked through the illness. Oberai, 62, works with at-risk pregnant women for a nonprofit agency in Port […]