article states that four big companies considering dropping coverage --looking if it makes financial sense to continue insurance versus paying penalties for not covering workers in exchange for employees to purchase insurance from goverment "health exchanges". salaries, however would need to increase to offset the ~ $5,000+ cost of no-frills to "cadillac" policies costing $20,000.
want to talk about the workflow disruption this would cause at at&t, verizon, john deere and caterpillar if they went through with this idea ... loss of key employees jumping ship to other companies and ire public would have? all business constantly look at ways to cut costs--especially health insurance who's costs are difficult to predict yr to yr.
ana's capital update has good article re impact on nurses: what’s going on in health reform
may 26th, 2011
with congress mired indefinitely in political conflict over possible repeal of the affordable care act, federal departments and agencies – as well as the states – are proceeding to carry out aca’s blueprint for health reform according to schedule, as required by law.
new regulatory rules, appointments, and programs are announced every day. many of these will significantly impact patient care and access to health benefits – and thus nursing care and policy. read more...
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