781.708.4445

wmlevine@levinedisputeresolution.com

Divorce Mediation Blog

Obamacare After Romney

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Previously, we blogged about how rescission of Obamacare by the United States Supreme Court (which did not happen) might impact spousal continuation rights in Massachusetts that are a part of our health insurance laws. We suggested that there was little to worry about, since those state benefits were largely unrelated to the constitutional attack on the federal statute.

The same questions, while not posing substantial threat in our view, existed with respect to Mitt Romney’s repeated campaign promise to “repeal Obamacare on the first day” of his new administration. With the presidential results and strengthening of the democratic majority in the Senate, Obamacare repeal is off the agenda, so at least for now, the questions are resolved. That leaves divorcing spouses with the state post-divorce benefits intact, as well as the more general Romneycare era reforms, in tandem with Obamacare, allowing everyone to cover children until age 26, assuring coverage for pre-existing conditions, etc.

Now, if we could only figure out for sure what our statutes mean for post-divorce clients when the employee spouse who provides continuing family coverage changes employer, leaves the state; or what to do when the employer is self-insured? Problems for another day.



Get e-mail notifications of new blog posts! Enter email address below.:



Delivered by FeedBurner

other articles


recent posts


tags

separation Chouteau Levine MLB labor agreement divorce arbitrators divorce arbitrator Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act LDRC Massachusetts child support divorce mediators Levine Dispute Resolution Center divorce agreement alimony divorced health insurance health coverage special master DOMA Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly disputes Levine Dispute Resolution Center LLC med/arb medical benefits litigation Act Reforming Alimony in the Commonwealth family law Major League Baseball Arbitration lawyer Baseball traditional negotiations Alimony Reform Act family mediation family law mediation Uniform Arbitration Act conciliation pre-ARA alimony Massachusetts divorce lawyers divorce process how baseball arbitration works Massachusetts lawyers mediations IRC §2704 Same Sex Marriage family support alimony orders Massachusetts divorce mediators Massachusetts alimony and child support Levine Dispute Resolution divorce lawyers family law arbitrators General term alimony divorce mediation alimony law resolve disputes mediation family law arbitrator Divorce self-adjusting alimony arbitration Baseball Arbitration divorce and family law Massachusetts alimony dispute resolution alimony statute mediators Cohabitation Levine Dispute Resolutions med-arb divorce litigation Matrimonial Arbitration alimony reform legislation lawyers SJC The Seven Sins of Alimony annulment family and probate law disputes arbitrators divorce judgment Baseball Players support orders mediator Boston COLA Obamacare divorce arbitration Defense of Marriage Act fraud facilitated negotiations Family Law Arbitration Divorce Agreements divorce and family law mediators private dispute resolution divorce mediator lawyer-attended mediation divorce mediations arbitrator Self-adjusting alimony orders high-risk methodology Child Support Guidelines rehabilitative alimony