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Everyone is waiting for the new health care reform bill to come into action. But, not everyone can prepare. A 15-member commission created to investigate one of the biggest threats to the success of President Obama’s health care law – shortages of doctors, nurses, home health care providers and other health care professionals – is left with their hands tied. The commission has never even met in two and a half years because it has no money from Congress or the administration. They are not allowed to meet or have contact with one another until they are funded because it would violate law. A panel member, Prof. Thomas C. Ricketts of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, stated that the Government Accountability Office had advised the panel that “we were not to work or be seen to be working.”

With over 30 million people expected to gain coverage under the new health care law, the demand for medical care is expected to increase. And, the big question – How many more doctors and health care professionals will be needed to cover this increase and how will we acquire them?

The commission was created by the 2010 health care law, the Affordable Care Act. Obama has requested $3 million for them in the last two years, but Congress has been reluctant to provide money for anything connected with the law, which they oppose.

There are other issues to be decided for the new health care reform law related to revising costs. As Steven Brill communicates in his cover story this week in Time magazine, hospitals chase 12 percent profit margins with surprising markups on almost everything from prescriptions to lab tests.

What is a shocking correlation to that fact is that the U.S. spends more per capita on health care than any other country, almost $9,000 a year, but it lies in the lowest quartile for life expectancy of developed countries.

It seems that, among other problems that the new health care law has to tackle, price-gouging is another problem on the list to revise in order for it to be successful. Recommendations have been made, but we are still waiting to hear the verdict on this as well.

While we wait, states prepare for the health insurance marketplace. When key parts of the health care law take effect in 2014, there will be a new way for everyone to get health coverage through the health insurance marketplace, also known as the Affordable Insurance Exchange.

Starting in October of 2013, customers in every state will be able to shop in their marketplace for coverage that begins in January 2014. Each state has the option to choose to have its own State-base Marketplace, work in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services, or have a Marketplace operated federally by HHS. Tennessee has opted to use the federally-facilitated health insurance exchange. To learn more about where your state stands in the health care marketplace, please visit for more information.

It’s just a waiting game we play for now. Everything seems T.B.D. until Congress grants funding and agrees to conditions with the new law. Functional Independence Home Care is more than happy to keep you updated on these ever-changing years in health care as we know that it’s just as important to you as it is to us – Caring is Our Business!!

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