October 25, 2013
Even though employers won't be required to offer health insurance under Obamacare for more than a year, many already are fretting about the uncertainties raised by the law. Confusion over how the law will work and an evolving set of rules make it difficult to plan ahead, some employers say. Much of their misgiving centers on health care costs that might not be known for months. "Some concerns stem from the general confusion and unknowns surrounding certain aspects of the law," said Francis X. Kelly III, CEO of Kelly & Associates Insurance Group Inc., a group insurance administrator, broker and consultant.
October 4, 2013
Baltimore County Councilwoman Vicki Almond is wrong to criticize County Executive Kevin Kamenetz for his handling of the police department health care dispute ( "Kamenetz under fire for refusing to repay police retirees," Sept. 27). Not only would it be fiscally irresponsible to pay on a ruling that is the subject of ongoing legal appeals, it contradicts the councilwoman's own vote in favor of Bill 6-13, which established the health care review committee as the bargaining agent for all county unions so that they all pay the same amount.
September 30, 2013
Several years ago, Baltimore County government realized that the runaway costs of employee health care and pension benefits needed to be reined in or our taxpayers would be stuck with a huge bill to pay. The county remains committed to providing quality health care to its employees and retirees, including family benefits with low deductibles. However, in order to control rising health care costs, the county decided that each employee should pay the same cost for health care as every other employee and retiree.
July 22, 2013
Recently President Obama reminded the nation what we in Maryland already know: The Affordable Care Act is already delivering "more choices, better benefits, a check on rising costs and higher quality care. " Just ask Prince George's County business owner Jamal Lee. Mr. Lee visited the White House to share how the ACA's tax credits have allowed him to provide health insurance for his employees for the past three years. Next year, the ACA will be even better for his bottom line - tax credits will cover up to half of his health care costs.
June 14, 2013
For three hours each work week, Bert Rice walks laps around Burba Lake at Fort Meade - part of a mission by the federal government to build a healthier workforce. Rice, 76, a retired Army colonel and former Anne Arundel County councilman working as a civilian on the garrison staff at Fort Meade, is one of thousands of federal workers who participate in health and fitness programs designed to lower the government's health care costs, increase productivity and better recruit and retain employees.
June 6, 2013
As the nation implements health care reform, emergency care has never been more important. We treat everyone, from babies to seniors, and we see the full spectrum of medical problems that exist. We are available at all times for all people. A new report by the RAND Corporation finds that emergency physicians are playing a role in reducing health care costs. This report urges policymakers and hospital administrators to pay closer attention to the role that emergency physicians can play in evaluating, managing and preventing hospital admissions.