According to its supporters, a primary benefit of Obamacare is protecting people who enter the individual market with pre-existing conditions. Yet people who leave an employer plan and shop for insurance in the individual market today will face three unpleasant surprises: higher premiums, higher out-of-pocket costs, and more limited access to care than a typical employer plan provides.
In six states—Alaska, Missouri, Oklahoma, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina—significant reform or repeal bills were initiated in 2021, suggesting major changes are on their way in the next few years.
Biden’s surprise support for what is sometimes referred to as “patent busting” has earned him plaudits in certain quarters. The IP waiver was endorsed by delegates to an American Medical Association (AMA) policy meeting in mid-June. And it has also triggered demands that the U.S. do more to make vaccine technology available to the world.
Seven EU member states – Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, and Poland – issued their first Digital Green Certificates on June 1. The policy is set to go into effect in all 27 EU countries on July 1.
"We do not see much hesitancy in employers requiring vaccinations, given the long-standing law, reaffirmed recently by the EEOC, and have seen very few employers actually recognize and act favorably on requests for medical/disability or religious exemptions."