AARP Opposes Bill Allowing Insurers To Charge Older People More

Kaiser Health News The powerful seniors lobby AARP says it cannot support proposals that would let premiums go higher for older beneficiaries. Meanwhile, the administration announces that a health program for low- and moderate-income people,

Age discrimination is rampant. Older workers have a hard time finding jobs. AARP fight back on higher insurance charges

Age discrimination is rampant.

which is optional for states, will not be able to start until 2015.

The Hill: AARP Slams Bill To Loosen Health Law’s Rules On Age RatingAARP pushed back Wednesday against proposals to let insurance companies charge higher premiums to older patients. The nation’s largest seniors’ lobby criticized proposals to change a provision in the Affordable Care Act that limits varying premiums based on age, or “age rating” (Baker, 2/6).

In other news about the implementation of the health care law —

The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: Utah Offers To Split Health Insurance Exchange
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Wednesday that he’s made a new offer to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius: His state will run half of a health insurance exchange, and let the federal government run the other half (Radnofsky, 2/6).

California Healthline: Higher Profile Coming To Exchange
California’s health benefit exchange is nearing its move into the mainstream public spotlight — but there is a lot of work still ahead, according to experts who gathered in Sacramento yesterday for a roundtable discussion of the exchange. … Assembly member Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) acknowledged that creation of the exchange has helped place California at the head of the health care reform pack, but he said that leadership role doesn’t change the 2014 deadline that’s looming for health care reform and the exchange (Gorn, 2/7).

California Healthline: Obamacare Will Bring Changes – And Walgreens Wants To Fill The Void
Two-hundred-and-fifty-nine organizations have been named Medicare accountable care organizations. Most were formed by hospitals. Some were launched by physician groups. And three were created by a pharmacy chain. Walgreens’ move into shared savings is many things: unusual, eye-catching, a sign of the times. But it’s not surprising, observers say, as the pharmacy chain has been cultivating a broader strategy to ramp up its role in frontline care. And through a handful of new programs, Walgreens already has “demonstrated … the valuable role our pharmacists can play working with physicians to meet the triple aim” of improving patient outcomes and satisfaction while cutting health costs, spokesperson Jim Cohn told California Healthline (Diamond, 2/6).

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