Nov 9, 2018

ACA didn't hurt employer coverage like critics said it would

The Tea Party rallies against Obamacare. Photo: Brooks Kraft LLC/Corbis via Getty Images

Critics of the Affordable Care Act have argued that the law would force insurers to drop coverage or cut workers’ hours — but that hasn’t happened, according to a new analysis from the Urban Institute.

The details: Employer-based health coverage has held steady since 2010, as the overall number of insured people rose. Researchers found no relationship between the number of people in a given field who had insurance and the overall changes in employment levels, hours worked or earnings. However, everything isn’t worry-free in the world of employer-sponsored insurance. Deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs have been steadily rising, as health care costs go up and employers shift more of those increases onto their workers.

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Serological coronavirus testing could be key to economic reopening

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America's economy won't reopen anytime soon, despite frantic CEO whispers, but a glimmer of hope may be emerging in the form of serological testing.

Why it matters: Serologic tests aren't to determine whether or not you're infected with coronavirus. They are to determine if you have potential immunity that could allow you to safely return to work.

Government tech struggles to dole out coronavirus stimulus cash

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Tech challenges are hampering federal and state government efforts to get funds from the $2 trillion coronavirus relief law into the hands of newly unemployed workers and struggling small businesses who need it.

Why it matters: Many businesses and individuals need the money now for essentials, including meeting payroll and paying rent.

U.S. coronavirus updates: Death toll passes 9,600

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Recorded deaths from the novel coronavirus surpassed 9,600 in the U.S. on Monday, per Johns Hopkins data. More than 1,000 people in the U.S. have died of coronavirus-related conditions each day since April 1.

Why it matters: U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on Sunday the coming week will be "the hardest and saddest week of most Americans' lives" — calling it our "our Pearl Harbor, our 9/11 moment."

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