A primer in plain English that explains how health insurance will work under the new legislation and how it will affect your care and your choices going forward.
Now that "Obamacare" (as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is popularly known) has become the law of the land, millions of Americans will need help figuring out exactly how the new system will work and how it might affect their lives.
This guide will teach people how the new health care exchanges are supposed to work. In an easy, conversational manner, David Nather makes a complicated system easier to understand by answering all your questions. Such as:
*How to apply for help in paying for insurance?
*Will your healthcare change if you work for a big company or a small company?
*How will the legislation affect you if you receive individual insurance, if you're uninsured, or if you are
*What new protections are you supposed to get from the worst health insurance practices?
*Why did Congress decided everyone should be required to get health insurance?
For people who aren't lawyers or policy wonks, but simply want to make sense of what to expect in their own lives, The New Health Care System: Everything You Need to Know will be a must-read.
About the Author
DAVID NATHER spent nearly a decade reporting on the politics of Congress and the White House as a senior writer for Congressional Quarterly. He has also covered health care policy in Congress for the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., and lives with his family in Silver Spring, MD. He is the author of The New Health Care System: Everything You Need to Know.
“The book sets a gold standard for those that will follow ... Daschle really, really knows his stuff--both the substance of health policy and the politics of Congress and the country.” —Health Affairs
“In this clearly written primer on health-care reform, former Congressional Quarterly writer Nather explains how insurance works, what the big changes are, and when everything will happen. It's a conversational guide that tells readers how to sign up for Medicare, and what to do if they're uninsured, or if they work for a small business versus a large company. Readers won't find comments from policy wonks, politicians, or even real people. This is a nonpartisan, just-the-facts book, which as Nather (not an unabashed booster of reform) explains, is an overview of how the system will work if everything in the law goes according to plan. Nather's book, which includes a useful glossary, provides an excellent snapshot of how the post-reform health-care system should work as it stands now. It may quickly go out of date as Congress continues to tweak legislation, but it's a good and necessary resource, and with any luck Nather will produce a sequel as needed.” —Booklist