The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Health and Wellness 2011

February 19, 2011

Local hospitals watch reform




2010: Insurance companies were prohibited from placing lifetime limits on policyholders and from rescinding coverage. Health insurance companies were required to cover preventative services without co-payments.

2011: Primary care doctors get a 10 percent bonus payment for Medicare patients. Medicare Drug program will require drug companies to give patients a 50 percent discount in the “doughnut hole” gap.

2012: Annual fee of $2.8 billion assessed on drug manufacturers.

2013: Itemized deductions for unreimbursed medical expenses on tax returns increases from 7.5 percent to 10 percent of adjusted gross income. Payroll taxes for Medicare tax increases from 1.45 percent to 2.35 percent on earnings over $200,000 for individuals or $250,000 for families. All 50 states must offer a member-run health insurance company called a CO-OP. Any profits must be used to lower premiums, improve benefits or provide better quality to its members.

2014: Most Americans are required to have health care coverage. Employers will pay a fine if one of their full-time workers qualifies and receives a premium tax credit from the federal government. State-based health care exchanges will be available for individuals and small businesses to shop for insurance coverage. Pre-existing conditions on adults are eliminated.

2017: Employers with more than 100 employees may enter health care exchanges at the discretion of states.

2018: Excise tax will be enacted on “Cadillac” health plans that exceed $10,200 for individuals and $27,500 for families.

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Health and Wellness 2011
  • Cover.jpg Health and Wellness 2011

    One of the attributes of living in Enid and Northwest Oklahoma is the abundant pride residents have in its people, land and businesses. The 2011 News & Eagle Progress edition highlights these areas and pays tribute to all of those who make our region shine 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

    February 19, 2011 1 Photo

  • Jeff_Tarrant_Mug_BV.jpg Local hospitals watch reform

    Personnel with St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center and Integris Bass Baptist Health Center are examining carefully how major federal health care legislation will have an impact in coming years.

    February 19, 2011 2 Photos

  • Integris_Heart_1_BH.jpg Their heart’s in health care

    Construction for the 16,000-square-foot Integris Heart and Vascular Institute of Northwest Oklahoma, across from the hospital’s main campus at 600 S. Monroe, has been ongoing since last year, and hospital personnel are getting anxious to open the building for patients. The center is slated to open in March.

    February 19, 2011 2 Photos

  • StMarys_2_BV.jpg Don’t want to keep them waiting

    "They don’t come here to be registered. They come here to have their blood drawn or whatever.” — Steven Moore, financial liaison, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center

    February 19, 2011 2 Photos

  • gym_TRX_1_BH.jpg Brand new TRX

    TRX is a portable leveraged bodyweight machine that allows clients to do hundreds of exercises to build power, strength, flexibility, balance and mobility and prevent injuries.

    February 19, 2011 3 Photos

  • School_Nurse_BH.jpg Times are changing

    "It isn’t Band-Aids and boo-boos. It’s a lot more comprehensive than I imagined.” — Joanie McIntyre, school nurse, Enid Public Schools

    February 19, 2011 1 Photo

  • Hospices.jpg Giving up? They’re just getting started

    "People think hospice is giving up, but that isn’t what it is." — Kristi Browne, Ross Health Care

    February 19, 2011 1 Photo

  • GraceCareCompanionServices_BV.jpg There’s no place like home

    The home health field is a way for a number of patients to receive the care they need while staying home.

    February 19, 2011 1 Photo

  • YFS_Buckley_Randolph_BH.jpg Forming a mental picture

    Osborne said one of the most important things someone can learn in counseling is how to make the right choices — decisions “that will benefit themselves and their families” — in any situation.

    February 19, 2011 1 Photo

  • Y_Cardio_2_BH.jpg Fitting right in

    Kim Boeckman, senior program director at Denny Price Family YMCA, said a good cardiovascular workout can improve overall health.

    February 19, 2011 2 Photos