Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 11:39 am
The Supreme Court ruled today that the 2010 Affordable Care Act is constitutional — giving the Obama administration a big election year win over conservative critics who argue that the health care overhaul is a step on the way toward socialized medicine.
Driving on I-35 and around downtown, you may have noticed several billboards popping up, advertising a “KC Exchange.” It’s a reference to the health exchanges outlined in the Affordable Care Act, aimed at helping individuals and small businesses comparison shop for health plans.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has rejected a request from Kansas to gradually phase in one of the new requirements of the federal health care law. The decision means consumers who buy individual health insurance policies can expect to see lower premiums, expanded benefits, or even cash rebates.