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[*] posted on 12-13-2013 at 06:01 AM
ACA - Obamacare?


Just wondering how other expats are thinking about the pending Obamacare coverage?

We are out of the US 330 days a year and have Seguro Popular here which we are happy with and have no immediate intention of returning to live in the US.

I have found this from the Surviving the Yucatan board:
http://yucalandia.com/living-in-yucatan-mexico/aca-obamacare...

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[*] posted on 12-13-2013 at 09:02 AM


That was a good report with some good information. We know that the availability of services is for those under medicare is going to diminish, especially when the reimbursement rates continue to go down. The much touted savings of 758 billion in Medicare can easily be translated into less money for the doctors and hospitals who accept Medicare patients. Already there have been reports of up to 40% of hospitals and doctors who are giving up seeing Medicare patients because of lowering reimbursement rates. It gets worse as you go to lower reimbursement rates of Medicaid and MediCal. During the transition, I have opted to keep my Medicare coverage (part A and part B) in effect and have opted to carry a Medicare supplement (High F) with Blue Cross and Blue Shield which gives me a yearly deductible of $2,000 for my supplement. For that I only pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $39 a month. ( I am sure that will go up)
So for Mexico, I carry Seguros Popular for the small stuff and am well aware of the limitations of trying to get any services out of that program. Same kind of social medicine program. Lets get everyone signed up so that politically we can say we cover everyone in Mexico, but we do not have enough money to pay any of the doctors or provide any real dent in prescriptions. I can get in to see a doctor but usually don't choose to wait for 3 or 4 hours in the waiting room of our local facility. So, instead, I pay a private doctor when I need something and find the rates and treatment more than satisfactory. One of the expats in our small village had a bladder reconstruction done by the same doc and it was less than it would have been to pay the deductible in the US.

I have several good friends who are specialists in the medical field in Tijuana and they claim that they are gearing up to accept more and more Norteamericanos for treatments and surgeries that they see as more difficult to obtain in the US with the new Obamacare taking over. While it is certainly too early to tell how that will work out, it is true, historically, that when a vacuum is created in one area, someone will figure out a way to provide a needed service in another area.

An example of this is that they are closing down the Shriner's hospital in Los Angeles because it has become prohibitively expensive to operate in the US. By moving the facility to Tijuana under the direction of my friend who is a renowed Childrens Orthopaedic Surgeon, they are able to service a much larger population of children with the same level of service at a significantly lower cost.




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[*] posted on 12-13-2013 at 09:37 AM


I'd answer about Obamacare, but it would probably be sent over to the "Off Topic" forum.
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[*] posted on 12-13-2013 at 09:44 AM


Wow. I hadn't thought about that... and what crap. If you've got Seguro Popular, that ought to countand the US government has exactly f@$#-all to say about foreign plans' worthiness.
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[*] posted on 12-13-2013 at 11:42 AM


If you don't live in the USA for most of the year, you are exempt from the minuscule penalty for not having health insurance.
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[*] posted on 12-13-2013 at 12:17 PM
I am a supporter of the ACA


which, based on some of the replies here, seems like it may be an unpopular position.

I have purchased insurance through the exchange and now have coverage for the first time in 8 years.

I realize that I probably can't use it outside of the US except in an emergency, but I plan to establish my medical care in the US and travel there when I need to.

The penalty is not an issue - it's small and I want the insurance anyway, but the yucalandia article linked above appears accurate and comprehensive in terms of ex-pats who are out of the country over 330 days a year or have established residency elsewhere.
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[*] posted on 12-13-2013 at 12:26 PM


My current policy is being cancelled. My new one will be $300 more. I still support the idea of universal healthcare.



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[*] posted on 12-13-2013 at 12:54 PM


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My current policy is being cancelled. My new one will be $300 more.


Is that $300 more per month or per year? Does that $300 include increased coverage that was not included in your cancelled policy, which probably did not include the new minimum coverage standards.

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I still support the idea of universal healthcare.


I support universal healthcare too, like my Kaiser Senior Advantage plan. Instead President Obama floated the Republican version of health care reform to try to get consensus, which is better than nothing, but a far cry from perfect.

My Kaiser Senior Advantage plan premium ($100 per month comes out of my Soc Sec check) remains the same for 2014. Some co-pays have gone up for 2014 while others have gone down, so it comes out a wash. Kaiser has also included several new, no cost preventive care services for 2014.

I am willing to have my premiums increase if it means that fewer of my tax dollars are spent in the emergency room on the uninsured. Presently, about one million people who previously had no coverage have signed up with the ACA.

[Edited on 12-13-2013 by oxxo]
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[*] posted on 12-13-2013 at 01:26 PM


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My current policy is being cancelled. My new one will be $300 more.


Is that $300 more per month or per year? Does that $300 include increased coverage that was not included in your cancelled policy, which probably did not include the new minimum coverage standards.

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I still support the idea of universal healthcare.


I support universal healthcare too, like my Kaiser Senior Advantage plan. Instead President Obama floated the Republican version of health care reform to try to get consensus, which is better than nothing, but a far cry from perfect.

My Kaiser Senior Advantage plan premium ($100 per month comes out of my Soc Sec check) remains the same for 2014. Some co-pays have gone up for 2014 while others have gone down, so it comes out a wash. Kaiser has also included several new, no cost preventive care services for 2014.

I am willing to have my premiums increase if it means that fewer of my tax dollars are spent in the emergency room on the uninsured. Presently, about one million people who previously had no coverage have signed up with the ACA.

[Edited on 12-13-2013 by oxxo]


$300 more each month. I'll let you know more once I take a look at the papers.




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[*] posted on 12-13-2013 at 01:31 PM


Ateo,

Was there any change to the deductable as well?

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[*] posted on 12-13-2013 at 01:48 PM


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For what it's worth, I saw something that made me question whether the ACA exchanges will accept someone over 65, so my guess is that is not an alternative to Medicare...


You are correct. The ACA is for the currently uninsured, or for those whose current insurance does not meet the ACA minimum requirements.




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[*] posted on 12-13-2013 at 03:03 PM


Not sure if this is appropriate to this thread, but for comparison I offer the following--------??

I live in the USA.

My wife and I are on Medicare Parts A & B, and as a Retired Fed. Employee I have my FEHB (fed emp health benefit) Blue Cross/Blue Shield Health Insurance secondary to Medicare, and it covers both my wife and myself.

Our total 2014 monthly premiums for both my wife and I ---Part B Medicare -----equals $419.60 / mo.

Our total monthly premium for my 2014 FEHB Blue Cross for the two of us equals $444.12. (no vision or dental ins. included)

Total monthly premiums = $863.72

There are no "co-pays" so pay nothing additional when visiting a doctor. (we pay only premiums)

The only deductable we pay (as near as I can figure) is $147 per year for Medicare Part B (a strange amount???)

The Medicare Part B premium IS means-tested based on income, and is higher than normal (like twice the normal amount) for both my wife and I.

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[*] posted on 12-13-2013 at 03:38 PM


About the same here Barry, we have dental and vision ... but, we both got a decease in SS .. :biggrin::biggrin::lol::lol:

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but, we both got a decease in SS .. :biggrin::biggrin::lol::lol:

[Edited on 12-13-2013 by wessongroup]


That's odd! I just got a notice yesterday that I am getting a $25 per month increase in Soc Sec. (with no increase in my $100 per month contribution to Kaiser Senior Advantage). I guess it depends on how you are registered to vote! :lol::lol::lol::lol:
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Our total 2014 monthly premiums for both my wife and I ---Part B Medicare -----equals $419.60 / mo.

Our total monthly premium for my 2014 FEHB Blue Cross for the two of us equals $444.12. (no vision or dental ins. included)

Total monthly premiums = $863.72

There are no "co-pays" so pay nothing additional when visiting a doctor. (we pay only premiums)

The only deductable we pay (as near as I can figure) is $147 per year for Medicare Part B (a strange amount???)


Barry, Blue Cross does not fare well when compared to a progressive company like Kaiser. Check the Consumer Reports ratings for a start. I realize that you think that Blue Cross is a "free" benefit of your Federal employment, but you do have other options since Kaiser is offered in NorCal. However, I think that Kaiser has closed the open enrollment until November of next year.

Our Kaiser Senior Advantage plan does include vision but not dental. We could include dental at an extra cost, but it is not worth it to us. We take good care of our teeth on a daily basis. Blue Cross appears to be a high cost method of insurance coverage for those over 65 (and that includes AARP's United Healthcare too) when compared to Kaiser. Kaiser is rated first by Consumers Reports.

Yes, we do have co-pays with Kaiser that you don't have but we do not have $663 of co-pays per month (your $863 versus our $200 per month for everything but dental for two premiums). Our co-pays for two of us (annual mammograms were just added as a no cost service by Kaiser/wife loves Kaiser even more than I do) total less than $200 per YEAR!!!!!!!!!!. Doctors visits are $15 co-pay. We have an excellent Kaiser primary care physician....he even speaks Spanish if I insist! We had a choice of about 20 different Kaiser primary care physicians to pick from. We made a good choice. In fact my Kaiser ENT specialist ($15 co-pay per visit once a year) is originally from your area, Redding. He threw in the towel of private practice a few years ago and is making more money with Kaiser. He is a believer.

Barry you need to do your "due diligence" and compare your program to others that are offered in your area. I think you can save a lot of money.
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[*] posted on 12-13-2013 at 08:57 PM


Ateo--$300 more per month? That is money you could use for your children`s education, your college funds. Our President said you will save $2,400 per year. He also said you will get more coverage, and pay less. I guess it all makes sense in some imagined World, but in real life, that just won`t happen. But what`s really horrible to me is you will be forced to buy something you would choose not to buy. What`s next?
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Ateo--$300 more per month? That is money you could use for your children`s education, your college funds. Our President said you will save $2,400 per year. He also said you will get more coverage, and pay less. I guess it all makes sense in some imagined World, but in real life, that just won`t happen. But what`s really horrible to me is you will be forced to buy something you would choose not to buy. What`s next?


Yeah, imagine if we didn't require people to buy auto insurance:?: Think of all the money people would save:lol:




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Ateo--$300 more per month? That is money you could use for your children`s education, your college funds. Our President said you will save $2,400 per year. He also said you will get more coverage, and pay less. I guess it all makes sense in some imagined World, but in real life, that just won`t happen. But what`s really horrible to me is you will be forced to buy something you would choose not to buy. What`s next?


Yeah, imagine if we didn't require people to buy auto insurance:?: Think of all the money people would save:lol:


OK help me out here. So are you saying if you chose not to have an automobile, you still are required to buy auto insurance?
Let me help you out--- when you buy a car, you have to buy insurance. If you are just born and exist in this country, and choose not to buy a car, you do not have to buy auto insurance.
With the ACA, if you are born here and exist, you HAVE to buy health care insurance. What ever happened to free choice??
Bottom line-- You can choose to buy a vehicle. When you do, you have to also buy insurance. You choose if you can afford both or not.
Now, all people are forced to buy health insurance or pay a fine ($600 by 2016). There`s a huge difference.
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[*] posted on 12-13-2013 at 10:16 PM


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With the ACA, if you are born here and exist, you HAVE to buy health care insurance. What ever happened to free choice??


The free choice is if you don't have insurance and you get sick, then the taxpayer has to pay for your care. Some "free choice." No thanks.

Yes, if you are born here and exist you are now required to get insurance rather than expecting the tax payer to pay for your health care. Whatever happened to individual responsibility? The US is one of the last developed nations to require health care for its citizens. It makes me proud to be American. :lol:
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[*] posted on 12-13-2013 at 10:17 PM


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Ateo--$300 more per month? That is money you could use for your children`s education, your college funds. Our President said you will save $2,400 per year. He also said you will get more coverage, and pay less. I guess it all makes sense in some imagined World, but in real life, that just won`t happen. But what`s really horrible to me is you will be forced to buy something you would choose not to buy. What`s next?


Yeah, imagine if we didn't require people to buy auto insurance:?: Think of all the money people would save:lol:



OK help me out here. So are you saying if you chose not to have an automobile, you still are required to buy auto insurance?
Let me help you out--- when you buy a car, you have to buy insurance. If you are just born and exist in this country, and choose not to buy a car, you do not have to buy auto insurance.
With the ACA, if you are born here and exist, you HAVE to buy health care insurance. What ever happened to free choice??
Bottom line-- You can choose to buy a vehicle. When you do, you have to also buy insurance. You choose if you can afford both or not.
Now, all people are forced to buy health insurance or pay a fine ($600 by 2016). There`s a huge difference.

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