Q&A: How health care law will affect people with autism

Congress wins relief on Obamacare health plan subsidies

But instead of creating a national standard for autism coverage, the administration bowed to political pressure from states and insurers and left it to states to define, within certain parameters, the “essential benefits” that insurance companies must provide. Coverage requirements for autism treatments, such as behavioral counseling and speech and occupational therapy, already vary from state to state. Far from smoothing out those differences, critics say the ACA will add a new layer of complexity. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) says it will consider setting a national standard in 2016. Until then, states will decide what autism treatments insurance companies must cover. Question: What is autism, how is it treated and at what cost?
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But it soon became apparent the provision contained no language that allowed federal contributions toward their health plans that cover about 75 percent of the premium costs. This caused fears that staff would suddenly face sharply higher healthcare costs and leave federal service, causing a “brain drain” on Capitol Hill. But Wednesday’s proposed rule from the OPM, the federal government’s human resources agency, means that Congress will escape the most onerous impact of law as it was written. The OPM said the federal contributions will be allowed to continue for exchange-purchased plans for lawmakers and their staffs, ensuring that those working on Capitol Hill will effectively get the same health contributions as millions of other federal workers who keep their current plan. The problem surrounding the Obamacare language for Capitol Hill staff was the subject of intense negotiations in recent weeks between House and Senate leaders and the Obama administration. Some Republicans immediately slammed the OPM decision, using it as fuel for their campaign to turn public opinion against Obamacare just as its core provisions are due to go into effect. “While the administration has handed out waiver after waiver and exemption after exemption for the well-connected in Washington, they have done nothing to lower health care costs for families in Michigan,” said Dave Camp, chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee.
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Obama: Republicans’ ‘Unifying Principle’ Is Denying Health Care To 30 Million People

Talk to your doctor about what makes sense for you. Women at higher risk (family history, genetic predisposition) should get an MRI along with their mammogram. In addition to a mammogram, a complete clinical breast exam by a gynecologist or appropriate health-care provider is recommended every year for women older than 40, and every 3 years for patients in their twenties and thirties. 7. Pap Test How often do you need it: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that women 30 years to 65 years have a Pap test and HPV screening every five years. Or they can have a Pap Smear every three years. Women over 65 who have had three negative pap tests in a row, or two negative co-tests in a row within the past 10 years, can stop getting pap tests.
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Health Screenings You Need If You’re 50+

And because preexisting conditions no longer matter, there is no medical questionnaire. “Some of the claims against this law are about the IRS having your medical information,” said Ario, who helped design the exchanges when he worked at HHS. Medical information “is not part of the application process. They [IRS] don’t have that.” For people having difficulty filling out an application, “navigators” trained to help will be available. But almost everyone expects problems at the start. After all, when was the last time a major computer program went live without a hitch?
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An early look at health exchanges in Pa. and N.J.

Enter “deem and pass.” Under this process, the House will simply skip to approving the reconciliation fixes, and “deem” the Senate bill to be passed. By doing it this way, the Democrats get the Senate bill passed while simultaneously coming out against the unpopular features of the same.

“Deem and pass” is the aforementioned obscure parliamentary procedure. And here’s the thing about obscure parliamentary procedures — everyone loves them when their side is doing them, but when they’re being done to you, then they are basically evil schemes from the blasted plains of Hell. So if you’re guessing that the Republicans declared the Democrats’ use of “deem and pass” — which also carried the moniker “the Slaughter Rule,” after Rep.
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