- Blue Cross Blue Shield subscribers in Alabama noticed added fees
- That state’s portion of the company decided to itemize the fee and directly attribute it to the Affordable Care Act
PUBLISHED: 17:15 EST, 26 December 2013
New Obamacare taxes that were previously kept secret have been unveiled by outraged customers who feel betrayed.
Residents in many states have yet to feel the change that will come when President Obama’s signature health care program which will go into full effect in January.
But Blue Cross Blue Shield subscribers in Alabama got a glimpse of the future when they received their latest bill which had a separate line spelling out how much extra they will have to pay as a result of national health insurance.
Making waves: Blue Cross Blue Shield in Alabama has added an extra line to the bill, asserting that additional fees are due to the Affordable Care Act
A local paper, AL.com, obtained a picture from a reader who received a bill with an extra line dedicated to the ‘Affordable Care Act Fees and Taxes’.
For this particular subscriber, who was left unidentified, the fees came to $18.76 that month which represented 7 per cent of their $280.04 bill.
That’s less than a Kaiser Health News report which said that BCBS customers in the state should expect a $23.14 monthly fee, which adds up to $277.68 per year.
The company spokesperson told NPR that four different charges are accounted for in the monthly fee.
Lingering questions: Critics argue that the fees- which help to offset discrepancies between different health insurance plans- were hidden before the Affordable Care Act was rolled out
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama may be making the move to make it clear to their customers that they are not the ones inflicting the extra fee, but they aren’t benefiting from it.
Law professor Mark Hall told Kaiser Health that the fee doesn’t help line any Washington pork barrels either, however.
‘The government doesn’t keep the fee. It’s just a pass-through, from some insurers to other insurers,’ he told the site.
He went further to say that it was inappropriate to label the fee as such.
‘One thing that bothers me is attributing any amount specifically to the Affordable Care Act. There are also state premium taxes, and normal corporate and sales taxes, none of which are itemized the same way,’ Mr Hall said via email.
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