Sunday, March 09, 2014

Obamacare provides Christian Dior glasses for kids

Another “one size doesn’t fit all” Obamacare debacle. There is no limit to the expense of providing eye care to kids under 18 with Obamacare for certain employers in Washington. In Walla Walla, WA, optometrists discovered this to their shock. So kids are walking out with $700 glasses, including $500 designer frames. Adequate glasses run $200 to $300.

For children in Washington, Group Health, Premera and Regence insurance companies — at least — have interpreted the “no out-of-pocket” limit for this essential benefit to mean they will pay “100 percent of billed charges of regular or deluxe glasses” on some workplace-based insurance plans, he said.

According to a side bar, this applies for businesses with less than 50 employees. In 2016 it will expand to those with up to 100 employees. This sounds backwards. Usually increased benefits hit large companies first and small ones later.

Smile. You are paying for it.

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