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Monday marked the end of the comment period on a proposal by the Department of Health and Human Services to allow short-term health insurance plans to provide coverage for as long as 364 days, up from a current limit of three months. And the government got plenty of comments on the plan, with a ...
Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons joined colleagues in a letter signed by 47 senators calling on the Donald Trump administration to halt a proposed regulation that would expand the use of short-term health care plans. These junk health insurance plans would raise premiums for older Americans and ...

The concerns outlined in the letter are not new — Silver State Health Insurance Exchange Director Heather Korbulic has been sounding the alarm about the possible impact of short-term plans on the individual market since President Donald Trump signed an executive order in October that kicked off the ...
Time to have a beer. Something new. The wives were with the boys at a table. Sam hollered, “Jay, join us.” I sat down and ordered a beer. Alice, Sam's wife started the conversation. “Jay, what is going on with health care? Companies can't decide to insure or not. Complaints about Medicaid in Iowa. A mess ...
Sudden accidents can become a terrible tale with a whopping hospital bill, and it is impossible to meet such cost on our own. Having a health insurance policy is a useful deed when it comes to pay unexpected medical expenses and secure financial protection against large medical bills. Just opposite, lack ...
BATON ROUGE -- Louisiana's health insurance market for individuals has been plagued in recent years by insurers fleeing the market and double-digit rate increases -- prompting a proposed fix that would tack a fee on policies across the state to create a safety net against insurers' losses and hold the line ...

After both Graduate Student Senate and Student Senate passed supportive legislation, Ohio University selected UnitedHealthcare on April 3 to be its student health insurance provider. Here's how the changes will affect students starting in the fall: ...
There already have been more than a dozen reasons U.S. consumers can use to avoid paying the penalty for not having health insurance. Now the federal government has added four more. These "hardship exemptions" let people off the hook if they can't find a marketplace plan that meets not only their ...
“This is in large part due to the prices charged for pharmaceutical drugs and common diagnostic practices, which are in some cases nearly double the prices charged in comparable nations,” the Utah Foundation report said, adding that declining competition between health insurance companies has ...
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday signed a bill providing people with more privacy from their health insurance companies. The new law, the so-called PATCH Act, seeks to ensure that patients have the ability to request that a summary of payment form for their health insurance be sent directly to ...
In tiny Marion, N.C., the Buchanans decided that $1,800 a month was too much to pay for health insurance, and are going without it for the first time in their lives. In Harahan, one bend of the Mississippi River up from New Orleans, the Owenses looked at their doubling insurance premiums and decided no ...
For low-income families with children who often start off behind their peers due to lack of access to quality child care, book-rich environments and more, safety net programs like Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), help level the playing field. In Florida, families of four who earn ...
PLATTSBURGH — City of Plattsburgh councilors have put an end to a longstanding dispute with retired workers over their health-insurance benefits. ... The dispute started in late 2015 when then-Mayor James Calnon switched the retirees' health insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield to a plan from ...
American Cancer Society research shows individuals without health insurance are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer at later stages, when the disease is more expensive to treat and the chance of survival is reduced. Yet, this proposed regulation would increase the availability of short-term plans that ...
Walmart is in talks to buy health insurer Humana, the Wall Street Journal reported (paywall). The retailer's move into health care would be massive—Humana has a market cap of about $37 billion. The acquisition also would mark the latest effort by Walmart to counter the ambitions of Amazon. Amazon is ...
When a new executive order from President Trump gets finalized, more choices and lower premiums for health insurance will be available. The president issued the executive order to the departments of Health and Human Resources, Labor and the Treasury that is intended to increase competition, choice, ...
TAMPA, Fla., March 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Health Insurance Innovations, Inc. (NASDAQ:HIIQ), a leading cloud-based technology platform and distributor of affordable health plans, today announced that its management will participate in the CFA Society New York 22nd Annual Insurance ...

When a new executive order from President Trump gets finalized, more choices and lower premiums for health insurance will be available. The president issued the executive order to the departments of Health and Human Resources, Labor and the Treasury that is intended to increase competition, choice, ...
As health insurance costs have gone up for millions of Americans, states around the country, including Iowa, Oklahoma and Texas, are closely watching how this clash plays out in Idaho. Republicans say the requirements of the health care law and other insurance standards have driven up costs, leading to ...
t's probably nothing.” That's what I said to myself not long ago when I started feeling lousy. I should know, since I'm a physician. But I learned the hard way that those “nothings” can get serious fast — and without health insurance, the bill can be astronomical. Just after Thanksgiving last year, it occurred to ...
For Brian Sejkora, a Linn County farmer, finding affordable health insurance is a constant struggle. As a farmer, he doesn't qualify for any kind of group coverage plan. Before Obamacare, family coverage used to take about a third of his wife's off-farm paycheck. With no ACA subsidies, Sejkora's insurance ...
U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy of Connecticut have introduced legislation designed to ensure that short-term limited duration health care coverage does not exclude people with pre-existing conditions. health care The senators' Fair Care Act, which they introduced with U.S. Sen. Tammy ...
Across the country, people who buy health insurance on exchanges could see their premiums rise between 12 and 32 percent in 2019, according to an analysis released Thursday by Covered California, the state exchange that sells insurance to 1.2 million residents who don't receive health coverage ...
On Tuesday, March 6, the Brookings Institution's Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy and the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy co-hosted an event examining where the individual health insurance market is today and where it is heading. The event featured an opening ...
WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration's impact on the individual health insurance market has been substantial, from ending subsidies that lower out of pocket-costs for low-income enrollees, repealing the individual mandate, and proposing to lengthen the duration of short-term health plans that do not ...
The penalty won't go away until 2019, and that means you still will owe Uncle Sam if you didn't have health insurance — or an exemption from the mandate — in 2017. The same holds true for this year. "There's just mass confusion out there," reports Steven Stasoiski, a tax accountant and insurance agent ...
The problem is that no one has a crystal ball, said Peter V. Lee, the executive director of Covered California, the state health insurance marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act. That act also provided that many taxpayers would receive a credit if they signed up for insurance or a penalty if they did ...
RELATED: Sale of Premier Health's insurance line falls apart. Members with Premier Health Medicare Advantage coverage are getting advance written notice that they will need to pick a new plan. Premier stated that its exit from the commercial insurance market at the beginning of 2019 will give business ...
The problem is that no one has a crystal ball, said Peter V. Lee, the executive director of Covered California, the state health insurance marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act. That act also provided that many taxpayers would receive a credit if they signed up for insurance or a penalty if they did ...
Congress and President Donald Trump couldn't pass a full repeal of Obamacare. But GOP lawmakers managed to repeal the individual mandate through tax reform, paving the way for Trump to allow reasonable alternatives to the Obamacare exchanges. The Trump administration announced it will bring ...
A sign placed out on the 16th Street Mall, beckons people to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. A study released this week by the Urban Institute concludes that more than 100,000 Coloradans would enroll in short-term plans and that premium prices for others enrolled through the ...
That's why President Trump has made it a priority to open up new options for health insurance for Americans, and issued an executive order to that effect in October. In particular, we need to be opening up more affordable alternatives to Affordable Care Act health insurance policies, which are becoming ...
In its latest move to roll back Obama-era health insurance rules, the Trump administration announced a plan that would make it easier for consumers to buy cheaper insurance that offers fewer benefits and protections. A proposed rule unveiled Tuesday by the Department of Health and Human Services ...
But mid- and high-income consumers will face increasingly expensive health insurance premiums for ACA plans. As this cycle plays out, we can imagine an ACA market where only the sickest, most subsidized consumers are left. As a result, fewer carriers will offer comprehensive ACA plans at all. This is ...
Its mission was to take advantage of the new marketplaces for individuals to buy health insurance created by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). It started out in New York, but has now expanded to five other states. The company believes it can beat larger insurers like UnitedHealth and Aetna through its ...
Work health insurance and Obamacare coverage have lowered out-of-pocket costs, which can run to tens of thousands of dollars. Tech companies, like Amazon, Apple and IBM, all cover the surgery. While up, the number of surgeries is still tiny compared to the 1.4 million Americans estimated in the ...
Taking on risk is increasingly appealing to technology companies because it involves aggregating and analyzing a mass of health information but doesn't necessarily require buying or building a health insurance company. In October 2016, Verily announced vague plans to partner with a division of 3M to ...
But some insurance broker websites call themselves marketplaces too, says Sabrina Corlette, a research professor at Georgetown University's Center on Health Insurance Reforms. And that can be confusing. These companies may sell other insurance products — like short-term or accident coverage ...
A group of New Jersey-based health systems couldn't make a significant dent in the rising cost curve to provide health insurance for its employees using accountable care organizations and other value-based initiatives. So it took matters into its own hands. Similar to other coalitions that have set out to ...
Thousands of federal employees in California could find themselves shopping for health insurance in the coming months, as the Office of Personnel Management's inspector general deemed an insurer in the state to be in breach of its contract with the federal government under the Federal Employees ...
Those adults drive about 40 percent of the insurance claims for individual health insurance, according to current and former state officials involved in developing the plan. Removing them from the exchange pool would take out a large chunk of the medical spending that is driving double-digit rate increases, ...
Patients like Larry Basich testified to the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange Board he bought insurance in late 2014 and was paying premiums. “Had a heart attack on New Year's Eve, I suffered... incurred, not suffered,,, but it was suffering, too. I incurred $407,000 in health care costs,” said Basich in ...
A sign placed out on the 16th Street Mall, beckons people to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. A study released this week by the Urban Institute concludes that more than 100,000 Coloradans would enroll in short-term plans and that premium prices for others enrolled through the ...
On Tuesday, February 20, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a long-awaited proposed rule that would change an Obama administration rule that curtailed short-term, limited-duration health insurance (STLDI) plans. The HHS press release stated, “In direct response to President ...
Taking on risk is increasingly appealing to technology companies because it involves aggregating and analyzing a mass of health information but doesn't necessarily require buying or building a health insurance company. In October 2016, Verily announced vague plans to partner with a division of 3M to ...
But some insurance broker websites call themselves marketplaces too, says Sabrina Corlette, a research professor at Georgetown University's Center on Health Insurance Reforms. And that can be confusing. These companies may sell other insurance products — like short-term or accident coverage ...
West Central Indiana Covering Kids and Families, along with Valley Professionals Community Health Clinic, will co-host a health insurance information event from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Vigo County Public Library at Seventh and Poplar streets. Additional events are scheduled 4 to 7 p.m. March 6 in ...
Farm Bureau President Craig Hill, shown on April 19, 2017, says unregulated health plans for bureau members could help farmers who are struggling to manage the cost of having health insurance that complies with federal law. These plans, which would not be overseen by the state or federal government ...
A new study indicates that almost 29 million Americans lack health insurance — a big improvement compared to nearly 49 million in 2010. Californians are better covered than most of the nation. Texas comes in last, with 20 percent having no health insurance, according to the latest findings by the National ...
After health-insurance controversy, most public workers to avoid large premium increases ... Massachusetts public employees and retirees received an unusual bit of good news from state officials Thursday: their health insurance premiums are not rising significantly — and costs for many will actually ...


 

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