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2015 and on
Affordable Care Act Changes in 2015-2018
- Beginning in 2015, Medicare payments will be reduced to hospitals with high rates of hospital acquired conditions (HAC). This is when a patient needs more care due to something that could be prevented. Examples are:
- A patient gets a new infection due to unclean facilities or bad care,
- An object being left inside a person during surgery.
- Beginning in 2018, insurers will be taxed if the value of their employer-sponsored health plans:
- Exceeds $10,200 for individual coverage
- Exceeds $27,500 for family coverage
- By 2015, all exchanges must be self-sustaining. They can charge insurers fees to pay for operating expenses. But, they cannot use any money collected for:
- Staff retreats
- Promotional giveaways
- Excessive executive salaries
- Public education programs about changes to federal or state laws
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