HEALTH CARE BILL IMPACTS TO THE ELDERLY/SENIORS

Here is the pure,  unadulterated truth about this health care disaster.  The seniors are going to take a HUGE hit and taxes are going up.  The Liberal/Marxist Democrats lie through their teeth and expect us to believe the crap they are selling and just shut up and go along.  Well, that’s NOT going to happen.  GET OUT THE VOTE IN NOVEMBER!!

NO BED FOR YOU!!

Timeline of Major Provisions in the Democrats’ Health Care Package

2009

•2‐year tax credit (total cap of $1B) for new chronic disease therapy investments

•Medicare cuts to hospitals begin (long‐term care (7/1/09) and inpatient and rehabilitation facilities (FY10))

2010

•States and Federal officials review premium increases

•FDA authorized to approve “follow‐on” biologics

•Increase brand name pharmaceutical Medicaid rebate (from 15.1% to 23.1%)

•Medicare payments to physicians in primarily rural areas increase (2 years)

•Deny “black liquor” eligibility for cellulosic biofuel producers credit

•Tax credits provided to certain small employers for health care‐related expenses

•Increase adoption tax incentives for 2 years

•Codify economic substance doctrine and impose penalties for underpayments

(transactions on/after 3/23/10)

•Provide income exclusion for specified Indian tribe health benefits provided after

3/23/10

•Temporary high‐risk pool and high‐cost union retiree reinsurance ($5 B each for 3.5

years) (6/23/10)

•Impose 10% tax on indoor UV tanning (7/1/10)

•Medicare cuts to inpatient psych hospitals (7/1/10)

•Prohibits lifetime and annual benefit spending limits (plan years beginning 9/23/10)

•Prohibits non‐group plans from canceling coverage (rescissions) (plan years

beginning 9/23/10)

•Requires plans to cover, at no charge, most preventive care (plan years beginning

9/23/10)

•Allows dependents to stay on parents’ policies through age 26 (plan years

beginning 9/23/10)

•Provides limited protections to children with pre‐existing conditions (plan years

beginning 9/23/10)

•Hospitals in “Frontier States” (ND, MT, WY, SD, UT ) receive higher Medicare

payments (FY11)

•Hospitals in “low‐cost” areas receive higher Medicare payments for 2 yrs ($400

million, FY11)

201110

•Medicare Advantage cuts begin

•No longer allowed to use FSA, HSA, HRA, Archer MSA distributions for over‐thecounter

medicines

•Medicare cuts to home health begin

•Wealthier seniors ($85k/$170k) begin paying higher Part D premiums (not indexed

for inflation in Parts B/D)

•Medicare reimbursement cuts when seniors use diagnostic imaging like MRIs, CT

scans, etc.

•Medicare cuts begin to ambulance services, ASCs, diagnostic labs, and durable

medical equipment

•Impose new annual tax on brand name pharmaceutical companies

•Americans begin paying premiums for federal long‐term care insurance (CLASS Act)

•Health plans required to spend a minimum of 80% of premiums on medical claims

•Physicians in “Frontier States” (ND, MT, WY, SD, UT ) receive higher Medicare

payments

•Prohibition on Medicare payments to new physician‐owned hospitals

•Penalties for non‐qualified HSA and Archer MSA distributions double (to 20%)

•Seniors prohibited from purchasing power wheelchairs unless they first rent for 13

months

•Brand name drug companies begin providing 50% discount in the Part D “donut

hole”

•10% Medicare bonus payment for primary care and general surgery (5 years)

•Employers required to report value of health benefits on W‐2

•Steps towards health insurance administrative simplification (reduced paperwork,

etc) begins (5 yr process)

•Additional funding for community health centers (5 years)

•Seniors who hit Part D “donut hole “in 2010 receive $250 check (3/15/11)

•New Medicare cuts to long‐term care hospitals begin (7/1/11)

•Additional Medicare cuts to hospitals and cuts to nursing homes and inpatient

rehab facilities begin (FY12)

•New tax on all private health insurance policies to pay for comp. eff. research (plan

years beginning FY12)

2012

•Medicare cuts to dialysis treatment begins

•Require information reporting on payments to corporations

•Medicare to reduce spending by using an HMO‐like coordinated care model

(Accountable Care Organizations)

•Medicare Advantage plans with a 4 or 5 star rating receive a quality bonus payment

•New Medicare cuts to inpatient psych hospitals (7/1/12)

•Hospital pay‐for‐quality program begins (FY13)

•Medicare cuts to hospitals with high readmission rates begin (FY13)

•Medicare cuts to hospice begin (FY13)

2013

•Impose $2,500 annual cap on FSA contributions (indexed to CPI)

•Increase Medicare wage tax by 0.9% and impose a new 3.8% tax on unearned , nonactive

business income for those earning over $200k/$250k (not indexed to inflation)

•Generally increases (7.5% to 10%) threshold at which medical expenses, as a % of

income, can be deductible

•Eliminate deduction for Part D retiree drug subsidy employers receive

•Impose 2.3% excise tax on medical devices

•Medicare cuts to hospitals who treat low‐income seniors begin

•Post‐acute pay for quality reporting begins

•CO‐OP Program: Secretary awards loans and grants for establishing nonprofit health

insurers

•$500,000 deduction cap on compensation paid to insurance company employees and

officers

•Part D “donut hole” reduction begins, reaching a 25% reduction by 2020

2014

•Individuals without gov’t‐approved coverage are subject to a tax of the greater of

$695 or 2.5% of income

•Employers who fail to offer “affordable” coverage would pay a $3,000 penalty for

every employee that receives a subsidy through the Exchange

•Employers who do not offer insurance must pay a tax penalty of $2,000 for every fulltime

employee

•More Medicare cuts to home health begin

•States must have established Exchanges

•Employers with more than 200 employees can auto‐enroll employees in health

coverage, with opt‐out

•All non‐grandfathered and Exchange health plans required to meet federallymandated

levels of coverage

•States must cover parents /childless adults up to 138% of poverty on Medicaid,

receive increased FMAP

•Tax credits available for Exchange‐based coverage, amount varies by income up to

400% of poverty

•Insurers cannot impose any coverage restrictions on pre‐existing conditions

(guaranteed issue/renewability)

•Modified community rating: individual or family coverage; geography; 3:1 ratio for

age; 1.5 :1 for smoking

•Insurers must offer coverage to anyone wanting a policy and every policy has to be

renewed

•Limits out‐of‐pocket cost‐sharing (tied to limits in HSAs, currently $5,950/$11,900

indexed to COLA)

•Insurance plans must include government‐defined “essential benefits ” and coverage

levels

•OPM must offer at least two multi‐state plans in every state

•Employers can offer some employees free choice vouchers for health insurance in the

Exchange

•Government board (IPAB) begins submitting proposals to cut Medicare

•Impose tax on nearly all private health insurance plans

•Medicare payment cuts for hospital‐acquired infections begin (FY15)

2015

•More Medicare cuts to home health begin

2016

•States can form interstate insurance compacts if the coverage with HHS approval (2016)

2017

•Physician pay‐for‐quality program begins for all physicians

•States may allow large employers and multi‐employer health plans to purchase coverage

in the Exchange.

2018

•States may apply to the Secretary for a limited waiver from certain federal requirements17

•Impose “Cadillac tax on “high cost” plans, 40% tax on the benefit value above a certain

threshold: ($10,200 individual coverage, $27,500 family or self‐only union multiemployer coverage) 2018

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  1. #1 by Rick L. on 03/26/2010 - 6:52 pm

    Our government is “OUT OF CONTROL” and the American People need to take the country back. I’m getting real tired of being some poor sap controlled, intimidated, being told I’m arrogant by communist, Marxist, progressives and Muslims. You hear a lot of how bad things are but it’s just a bunch of non productive talk. Our government has no interest in using common sense and could not care less what happens to any one except themselves. With them it’s more taxes, more control, less freedom, less Constitution and more support of groups like Acorn. They will say and do anything their agenda calls for at the expense of the tax payer’s pocket book and integrity (ie: what Biden said under his breath to Obama this week “this is a big F’n deal”). He should be held accountable, but he won’t. The only thing they would understand is for all of us (right wing extremist as they calls us) and any one else who wouldn’t be scared, to stop paying our taxes, insist all branches of the military leave all foreign countries, come back to the United States and focus on defending our borders. Being a Patriot doesn’t mean getting killed for an administration like the one we have (we all know that wars are about money and control anyway). We need protection from our own government so we need to organize another branch of the military that’s under public control to over run the White House. We also need to rewrite the entire judicial system as the lawyers are finding too many loop holes for serious criminals. Oh, this is too extreme you say? Our government has worse things in store for us other than national health care with death panels, government run auto industries, student loans, education (indoctrination), immigration reform, behind door deals, monetary easements, self interest, more taxes, massive spending, gun control, members of the administration not paying their taxes and this list goes on and on. Oh, and don’t forget Obama (a Muslim) wants to limit one of America’s favorite past times, Fishing.
    I feel this is our only alternative as voting in my opinion is just as corrupt as one would think. Like I said previously, I helped on the poles once and it was about as organized a dog fight. Of course you could never get enough people to cooperate in taking control like this. It’s too bad because this Dictatorship will continue if something is not done. I believe our administration would understand what “extremist” is after this is done.
    This is the “Land of the Free” and anyone that doesn’t like this new agenda can draw straws to see who will be on the first plane out of the country with their Socialist Muslim leader Barack Hussein Obama and his Muslim family.

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