News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Hennes Paynter Communications

NOCHE

Wayside Furniture


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Health and Medicine




Ohio likely to miss health exchange deadline
But regardless of who sets-up the health exchange website, insurance companies will come to the party
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR
This story is part of a special series.


Reporter / Host
Jeff St. Clair
 
J.B. Silvers is professor of health finance at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He's not worried that Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor does not intend to set-up a state run health exchange.
Courtesy of Jeff St.Clair
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

All 50 states are facing a deadline this November.  Ten days after the presidential election, each state is required to submit plans for a web-based health care exchange under the 2010 Affordable Care Act. 

WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair looks at this part of the health care law in the first of an on-going series on the politics of health care.

JB Silvers and Ohio's health exchanges

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (4:07)


Around 16 states have committed to creating a state-run health care exchange, but most, including Ohio, will let the federal government create a health exchange.  Many are postponing the decision in the hopes a Romney presidency will make the November 16th deadline moot through a promised repeal of most of the health care law itself.

J.B. Silvers is a professor of Health Care Finance and interim dean of the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.  He says despite some fears of socialized medicine, the health exchanges are a mechanism for providing private health insurance to primarily low-income people who are currently uninsured, i.e. about 14% of Ohioans.  The exchanges also include small business health options.  Employers with over 50 employees will be penalized around $2000 for each employee that enters an exchange, but there is no enforcement mechanism for those fines. 

Silvers says it shouldn't make a difference whether the state sets-up a customized exchange, or if Ohio, like most states, will adopt a federal model.  There is a legal question Silvers says could complicate subsidies for low income applicants through a federal exchange versus a state-run system.  He says the IRS has ruled on this issue, but questions still remain.  

The health care exchange is basically a website where private insurance companies offer policies to individuals through four tiers established by the Affordable Care Act.  Silvers likens it to the ratings system currently used to rate tires.  

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor is commissioner of the Ohio Department of Insurance.  The website currently has a one paragraph explanation of Ohio's plans not to set-up an exchange.  The Kasich administration says it is still evaluating it's options regarding a health-care exchange.  

Listener Comments:

-- "Many are postponing the decision in the hopes a Romney presidency will cancel the November 16th deadline and repeal most of the health care law itself." - If Obama/this administration is allowed to continue our health "care" will not be the only government controlled personal decision a bureau of "officials" will decide.
Not only we we pay a non-affordable healthscare tax, the price of gas will continue to escalate, therefore nearly all purchases will continue to escalate - this administration will continue to commandeer America's wealth with their green agenda.
And this is just the beginning of utopia/we all suffer equally.


Posted by: Green's gone on September 15, 2012 9:09AM
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook





Stories with Recent Comments

The Black Keys guitar tech's moment in the spotlight
Nice job, Vivian. It's always nice to hear about the unsung heroes getting their due! Thank you, Chuck Johnston (Full disclosure - I'm a friend of the Carney fa...

Akron's Tuba Christmas: A resounding blast of holiday spirit
Nice piece, Vivian! Looking forward to hearing you move from flute to tuba on Saturday. Love hearing your interviews and this seemed extra special since I kno...

Cleveland Hugo Boss workers are fighting for their jobs again
Bro. Ginard; I support your effert to keep your jobs, I understand all about concesions, I was a Union offical from 1965 until 1991 and the company th...

Asian Carp control could benefit from bill passed by House, heading to the Senate
help me fight the battle against invasive carp by method of harvest

Ohio's Portman supports lifting limits on party political money
If Portman was legitimately concerned about outside groups influence on elections he would have supported the DISCLOSE act. Instead he helped block it being bro...

Study shows trade with China has cost more than 3 million U.S. jobs
I disagree with James Dorn! If we don't change the playing field and make it a fair competition the whole US industry will be weaker and weaker. Eventually all ...

Video of Cleveland police shooting a 12-year-old is critical to the investigation
While I think this is a very unfortunate, the fact is that police are trained to aim for the large mass of a human to stop them. If they aimed for the leg it w...

Wayne County teacher says he was fired for criticizing dairy
This is bull crap Smithville Schools have changed ever since the new school I'm so ashamed at the district I wish I could pick my house up and move it to anothe...

White Castle is closing its five Northeast Ohio restaurants
you should open a white castle in logan ohio.i'm pretty sure you disappointed,thank you...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University