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Health Care Law is the body of statutes, laws, and codes that regulate health care. Health care laws are implemented at both the federal and state levels with federal health care laws preempting state laws when they come into conflict. However, the Federal Government cedes primary responsibility to the states under the McCarran-Ferguson Act.
State Governments: States usually maintain state health departments, and local governments often have their own health departments. Local governments would include counties and municipalities, and usually these are branches of the state health department.
When you think of health care these days, you probably think of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare”. The ACA was enacted with the goals of increasing the quality and affordability of health insurance. The ACA also sought to lower the uninsured rate by expanding public and private insurance coverage. Key Features:
Businesses that employ 50 or more people but do not offer health insurance to their full-time employees will pay a tax penalty if the government has subsidized a full-time employee’s healthcare through tax deductions or other means.
Navigating the field of health care law can be confusing. It is often related to and overlaps employment law. You may also need an attorney to assist with your health care directives, in case you are incapacitated and cannot make decisions for yourself. Health care issues can also lead to debilitating conditions, employment termination, and loss of income. Such factors can easily lead to thoughts of bankruptcy for many. To preclude yourself from the worst scenarios, it is best to find a qualified lawyer in your area and set up an initial consultation.
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