Health Care Reform basics Part 2 | New health care bill summary


The new health care bill gives a shot in the arm to underinsured and uninsured Americans. Image from Flickr.

The new health care reform bill passed the House last night on a 219-212 vote. While the bill is not yet law, the changes of this health care reform are sweeping and will take about 10 years to fully implement. The bill will be paid for with everything from payroll loans to the government borrowing money from the national debt – but the Congressional Budget Office estimates that in the end, the bill will save the U.S. Budget a significant amount of money each year. To read more about the effects of the health care bill in 2010 and 2011, see New health care bill summary Part 1.

Summary of the new health care bill 2012-13

No major changes will occur in health care in the year 2012 under the new health care bill. In 2013, many of the new taxes and fees that will pay for the new health care bill will go into effect. This will provide funding for the 2014 fiscal year updates to the health care system.

These taxes will include new Medicare taxes on individuals who earn more than $200,000 a year. The wage tax, dividends and interest tax, and a small tax on medical devices will also be implemented. In 2013, the new health care bill will also implement a test system in Medicare in which payments are made based on the quality, rather than quantity of health care services. Health insurers will also be barred from charging different premiums to customers based on gender.

Summary of the new health care bill in 2014

In 2014, the majority of Americans will gain benefits from the new health care bill. Exchanges will be created so individuals without employer-provided health care or small business can shop for health care coverage – and insurance companies will be barred from denying coverage on the basis of pre-existing conditions. Medicare will also expand to cover all Americans with income up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level ( about $27,000 per year for a family of 4). Small businesses will also receive a tax credit to help them provide coverage to their employees. The insurance industry will also be required to pay an annual fee to help pay for the exchanges that will cover all citizens that cannot otherwise receive insurance.

In addition to providing subsidies and coverage for most citizens, the new health care bill will also require that most people have health insurance. There will be a fine for not carrying insurance of some sort. An independent Medicare board will also be created to help curb Medicare costs if the costs rise more quickly than inflation.

Summary of the new health care bill in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

In 2015, the new health care bill will simply continue the new coverage, taxes and fees that are created in previous years. In 2016, the penalty for individuals who do not purchase health insurance will rise to a $695 minimum. In 2017, businesses that have more than 100 employees will be allowed to participate in the state insurance exchanges, if the state government allows it. In 2018, an excise tax will be imposed on so-called “Cadillac plans” that generally provide more than $27,500 worth of coverage for a family.


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