Category Archives: Healthcare reform

The Impact of Health Insurance Exchanges

Posted on: April 8, 2013

Without Coverage, Access to Quality Healthcare is Extremely Limited

By Joel Seligman, President & CEO, Northern Westchester Hospital

The new Insurance Exchanges that go live January 1, 2014 are critical to achieving the most important benefit of the Affordable Care Act. They are the vehicle to extend health coverage to many millions of uninsured Americans, small businesses and others for whom good health insurance remains a dream. Make no mistake about the importance of being insured – without coverage one’s access to quality healthcare – especially specialty care is extremely limited. At any point during the year as many as 70 million Americans find themselves in this potentially desperate situation. 

It follows that this must be good for our neighbors and good for our communities. By standardizing health plans, eliminating restrictions on pre-existing conditions and providing subsidies and incentives, the Federal Government is enabling millions of uninsured Americans to find coverage that they can afford.

Isn’t this also a good thing for hospitals and physicians?
With a greater number of patients having coverage, won’t doctors and hospitals be in a better financial position? Not necessarily. Depending on how this plays out, the Insurance Exchanges could lead to the downfall of many hospitals, especially those serving the poor, because those hospitals are the most vulnerable economically and politically. 

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Joel Seligman, President and CEO of Northern Westchester Hospital, on How to Keep Individual Healthcare Costs Down

Posted on: January 7, 2013

Joel Seligman, CEO Northern Westchester HospitalIt’s important for everyone to know that they have the power to help keep their health care costs down. When you have a greater understanding of the options available to you and become proactive in your health and wellness, you can save money and improve your overall quality of life.

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With Healthcare Reform, How Can You Control Your Costs?

Posted on: January 4, 2013

Corralling Your Medical Costs
…What you can do to keep the bills from mounting

NWH on Healthcare Reform

Health care reform is continually in the news. The efforts by national and local government to rein in costs are having mixed success at best. Instead of waiting for bureaucrats to wrestle this problem to the ground, why not take steps on your own to control your own costs? With just a little effort, you can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

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