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Your Jan. 14 editorial ("CNY economy needs workforce training") cites a CenterState CEO survey of business leaders who said rising employee benefit costs were "the No. 1 pressure point for their businesses in 2017." But your response seems to be call for state tax and spending cuts. That seems implied ...
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A popular health insurance plan in New York that looked like it might be doomed by federal funding cuts will survive under Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget. The Essential Plan is an optional Obamacare plan available only in New York and Minnesota for low-income people, ...

State employees will have fewer choices come July, when the number of plans allowed to offer health insurance coverage through the Group insurance Commission will be cut in half, a move designed to save the state an estimated $20.8 million next year. The GIC, which administers health coverage for ...
It's no secret that health insurance is - and always has been - expensive. The very fact that you're reading this article suggests that you're wondering whether health insurance can be affordable. The answer is that affordable health coverage is out there and is possible - if you don't overlook some obvious ...
"The Administration supports the bill's multiyear funding extension of the children's health insurance Program (CHIP)," the Office of Management and Budget said in a statement. "If H.J. Res. 125 were presented to the President in its current form, his Advisors would recommend that he sign the bill into law.".
Critics argue that the new U.S. tax law has made this task even harder with its elimination of the individual mandate for health insurance, a part of the Affordable Care Act that requires individuals to buy insurance or risk having to pay a tax penalty. But the effect of the mandate on coverage was never ...

"Having health insurance makes it easier and less costly to go to the doctor, and we want to make sure everyone in Massachusetts has that access to affordable coverage," said Louis Gutierrez, executive director of the Massachusetts Health Connector. "People without insurance should also be aware that ...
WASHINGTON -- With little hope of an immigration agreement this week, Republicans in Congress are looking to head off a government shutdown this weekend by pairing another stopgap spending measure with long-term funding for the popular children's health insurance Program, daring Democrats to ...
Volunteers provide free dental services to patients at the Remote Area Medical (RAM) mobile clinic on July 21, 2017 in Wise, Virginia. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images. Donald Trump and his congressional allies spent most of last year trying to push 22 million Americans off of health insurance. A new ...
The measure is asking voters whether or not they support taxes to support Medicaid expansion funding. Measure 101 is being put in front of voters after House Bill 2391 was approved by the state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown, but portions of the bill were challenged through a ...
health insurance captives, also known as medical stop-loss insurance captives, have been around for a while -- even though they are still not widely adopted -- and can be a successful part of a cost control strategy for clients. Their origins tie back to when large employers (5,000+ employees) needed a ...
Most individuals, including children and anyone else claimed as a dependent on federal taxes, must have health insurance or pay a penalty. The individual health coverage mandate, which requires individuals (without an exemption) to have health coverage, is still in effect for 2018 -- meaning those ...
While Congress was focused on the tax bill, it neglected to fund important programs such as the children's health insurance Program (CHIP) and the Maternal, infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. Both programs expired on September 30 despite clear evidence and several ...
health insurance is expensive, and the premiums keep rising. Even with the Prepaid health care Act in Hawaii, requiring employers to provide insurance for anyone working more than 20 hours a week for four consecutive weeks, there are still some residents that don't have health insurance. Indeed, why ...
Dear Tom and Alan: I understand our new tax bill has some specific details for health insurance. I'm on Blue Shield individual, not through Covered California, age 53, with very few visits to the doctor. Do I have some new (maybe better) options? Ready to Save. Tom: There are definitely some new rules.
Maybe you missed open enrollment in the health insurance marketplace. The process is easy to push aside, especially when it appears overwhelming. health care is a double-edged sword. On one side, there are high costs associated with insurance rates and deductibles. On the other, the responsibility ...
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Time is running out to sign up for health insurance this year. Connect for Health Colorado is a state-based health insurance, for those who need a little extra help paying for coverage. Hilltop's Health Access team is encouraging everyone eligible to stop by with any ...

On January 5, 2018, Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter of Idaho (R), accompanied by Lieutenant Governor Brad Little (R), issued an executive order and press release directing the Idaho Department of insurance to take a series of steps to restore choice in health insurance. The executive order directs the ...
People do not realize that even though you will be treated even without health insurance, the provider will expect to get paid at some point and the charges will appear on your credit report for years. That will cost you even more in higher interest rates, keep you from buying a house, financing a business ...
State government decisions in Nebraska and Iowa contributed to the two states' high prices for individual health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, a health insurance researcher says, recommending an end to the pre-ACA plans available in both states. "Nebraska and Iowa stood out as expensive ...
Open enrollment for health insurance through Connect for Health Colorado ends Friday, and Larimer Health Connect is available to help. Led by the Health District of Northern Larimer County, Connect for Health Colorado is a certified assistance site that can help helps individuals, families and small ...
On its way out the door for the holiday break in December, Congress passed a bill that was supposed to keep the children's health insurance Program afloat until the end of March. Now, the federal government is saying it can't even guarantee continued coverage for 9 million low-income kids for the full ...
DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday appointed a former health-insurance company executive to lead the division of state government that oversees Colorado's Medicaid program. Kim Bimestefer will take over as executive director of the Colorado Department of ...
In the years since CSI [the Commissioner of Securities and insurance] has been reviewing health insurance rates, the CSI has always maintained the position that insurers may not base rating assumptions on speculation concerning the outcome of pending litigation. HCSC has stated that it will remove this ...
Under the new law, subscription to health insurance will be mandatory for all citizens, who must purchase it from the government's General Authority for health insurance. The state will pay the premiums of those living below the poverty line. The law also provides for the gradual elimination of state-funded ...
The tax act ends the "individual mandate" -- a major component of ACA -- that requires individuals to have health insurance or face a penalty fee. In the absence of the individual mandate, healthy people are likely to opt out of medical insurance. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that this would ...
To his surprise, the $145 that had been deducted from each pension check for health insurance was again taken out in January. Nolden said he has placed multiple phone calls to Honeywell, and has not been provided with an explanation. He blames the company for not communicating to the early retirees ...
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 42 percent of Floridians get their health insurance through work--that's more than from any other source. So Chemo International is trying something radical with its health plan: reference pricing. Sajet and his employees are covered by a more transparent, less ...
But now the single mother of four is worried that her son may lose access to those medications, since she purchases his health insurance through the government-subsidized children's health insurance Program, or CHIP. The program also assists with health insurance for her 11-year-old daughter, who ...
Sources say that despite its $1.2 billion valuation, Clover has struggled to navigate a highly challenging and slow-moving health insurance industry that rewards size and scale. The "growth-hacking" tricks and aggressive sales and marketing techniques that software start-ups and app developers use to ...
Trump appeared to be referring to current obstacles that deter a health insurance company in one state from marketing to individual customers in another state. Some of those barriers have to do with state regulations that differ in the kinds of benefits that insurers must cover. For example, one state may ...
With attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on hold, the Trump Administration is stepping up efforts to overhaul the health insurance market by loosening regulations. The administration has proposed a raft of changes that would expand individual insurance offerings, allow states more ...
So far, the department has received several reports of people getting calls asking for their health insurance information. The calls appear on caller ID to come from the health department, which makes the scam even more deceiving. Officials say they would never contact residents by phone to request ...
HARTFORD -- Connecticut's Department of Social Services said it is extending a popular health insurance program for children for another month. The agency announced Friday it was able to continue the children's health insurance Program, known as HUSKY B in Connecticut, through February 28 ...
It was a very busy year in Financial Services. Our website visits grew by 72 percent to five million as we brought you comprehensive coverage of the industry. This week, we will bring you our top five most popular 2017 stories in life insurance, annuities, finance, politics, health insurance and the DOL ...
Des Moines, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa is preparing to notify families in early February that federal money could run out soon for a health insurance program that covers roughly 60,000 low-income children in the state, though officials are also hopeful congressional action early in the new year will make such ...
One of the top goals of the Republican controlled Congress in 2017 was the elimination of the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act. The mandate required that all Americans have health insurance or pay a penalty. The Republicans achieved their goal when a provision dumping the mandate was ...
BOISE -- Your Health Idaho has announced 101,793 Idahoans enrolled in 2018 health coverage, nearing a record for the state's Affordable Care Act health care exchange. The enrollment numbers include new and returning customers. "This is a testament to Idaho's model for operating an exchange.
He said he expected a vote by mid January to reauthorize the children's health insurance Program, or CHIP. "It certainly is a top priority for me," Moran said. Congress failed to reauthorize CHIP in September despite wide bipartisan support for the program. Without reauthorization, federal dollars that fund ...
Alabama will no longer freeze enrollment for children's health insurance on Jan. 1, thanks to new temporary funding passed by Congress, the state said Wednesday. The stopgap spending bill that lawmakers passed last week gives the children's health insurance Program (CHIP) $2.85 billion in temporary ...
As it stands now, commissioners who are in office are on the same health insurance as other county employees. After two terms, commissioners are eligible for health insurance as a retiree for themselves and eligible dependents that were on the plan when they left office, Chris Winebrenner, spokeswoman ...
Seems health-insurance tax penalty mattered less than we thought .... Having a value for health insurance -- more than the penalty -- has driven enrollment, said Coreen Dicus-Johnson, president and chief executive of Network Health. More than 40 percent of Network Health's members, for instance, are ...
In the midst of waiting on FEMA or other property insurers to help respond, we do have one powerful tool to assist in post-Harvey recovery: a Special Enrollment Period for health coverage for those who purchase individual health insurance. Though you might have heard that open enrollment ended Dec.
The GOP tax reform legislation, signed by President Donald Trump signed last week, includes repealing the Affordable Care Act's individual health insurance mandate in 2019. Starting that year, there will be no tax penalty for those who choose not to have health insurance. The repeal could result in the ...
consumers struggling to afford health coverage are increasingly being targeted with an attractive pitch from insurance companies and brokers: Low-cost alternatives to Affordable Care Act plans that, they say, provide meaningful protection against large medical expenses. The main draw of these ...
December 15 is the deadline to sign up for health insurance. Error loading player: No playable sources found. By Kayla Dixon |. Posted: Mon 8:34 AM, Dec 11, 2017. CHEYENNE, Wyo - Wyoming Navigators will concentrate in-person enrollment assistance events on higher uninsured counties within the state during the last ...
Friday is the final day for West Virginians to buy health insurance during open enrollment on the federal health insurance marketplace, found at healthcare.gov. Few West Virginians -- about 10,000 -- had selected plans, as of last week. West Virginia was the only state showing a decline in marketplace ...
Friday is the last day for people to purchase individual health insurance coverage for 2018 through the government's Marketplace Exchange. "Demand is always higher near deadlines. It's crunch time now," said Jill Hanken, director of Enroll Virginia, in a news release. Enroll Virginia provides certified ...
This year's Affordable Care Act open enrollment period started November 1. Millions of Americans will soon visit healthcare.gov or the online insurance exchange run by their state to shop for 2018 health plans. Many will be confused by what they find. Premiums have increased significantly. The most ...
Time is running out for those still looking to sign up for health insurance through the marketplace exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act. Friday marks the end of the open enrollment period. "It's definitely been a steady demand," said Julie Grasson, assistant director of Toledo/Lucas County CareNet, ...


 

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