June 28, 2012 -- The health care reform law will remain the law of the land -- at least for now. In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) as constitutional. Chief Justice John Roberts voted in the majority. The controversial law, which fulfills a
March 30, 2012 -- After hearing three days of heated arguments this week regarding key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the nine justices of the Supreme Court will cast their initial votes today. Their decisions may change before the final ruling expected by the end of June, but in the meantim
March 28, 2012 -- Wednesday morning’s arguments in the Supreme Court case on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) revolved around a seemingly hypothetical question: If the court says the individual mandate that requires individuals to obtain health insurance is illegal, what happens to the rest of the law?
March 27, 2012 -- There was high drama at the high court today. Attorneys for the Obama administration and opponents of the Affordable Care Act squared off in the Supreme Court this morning over the law’s most controversial provision: the mandate to obtain health insurance coverage or pay a penalty.
March 26, 2012 -- In the first day of arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the issue was about whether the law's penalty for not purchasing health insurance is essentially a tax. Why is that important? Because if it is a tax, then the court can
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law on March 23, 2010. The law aims to expand insurance coverage to millions of Americans and puts in place consumer protections that did not previously exist. The ACA is scheduled to roll out over the course of four years, with it
March 7, 2012 -- One in three people is living in a family that has felt the financial burden of medical care, a new government report shows. This figure includes people who in the first half of 2011 couldn’t afford to pay their medical bills at all or were possibly paying the bill over an extended
You haggle at the car dealership, at the farmers market, and at flea markets. But your doctor's office? That doesn't occur to most people. Yet there's a lot of room for negotiation over medical care costs, says John Santa, MD, a medical expert with Consumer Reports. Simply speaking up about money ca
Oct. 14, 2011 -- What's behind the 2011 surge in the cost of job-based health insurance? Over the past decade, workers' share of family health insurance premiums has gone from under $1,800 to over $4,100 a year, up 131% since 2001. Employers now contribute an average $15,000, up 113%. That increase
July 28, 2011 -- The health reform law -- the Affordable Care Act -- is slated to change how our health care dollar is spent and how far it can stretch during the ensuing decade. Health care spending will increase substantially in 2014, when the Affordable Care Act expands access to insurance via fe