Category Archives: Health Insurance

3 Proposals Allowing People to Keep Health Insurance Won’t Threaten Marketplaces

Three plans allowing people to keep their individual health insurance policies even if they don’t meet the requirements of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) are unlikely to threaten new health insurance marketplaces, according to a new RAND Corporation study. … finish reading 3 Proposals Allowing People to Keep Health Insurance Won’t Threaten Marketplaces

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States’ Restrictions on ACA Implementation Hinder Access to Coverage

Community health centers across the country are waging intensive efforts to find and enroll eligible and uninsured patients and community residents, but are hampered by states resistant to healthcare reform, according to the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative … finish reading States’ Restrictions on ACA Implementation Hinder Access to Coverage

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23 States Receive Over $307 Million in Bonuses for Enrolling Children in Health Coverage

Twenty-three states received over $307 million in bonuses for improving access to children’s health coverage and successfully enrolling low income, eligible children in Medicaid, according to CMS officials. The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) authorized the … finish reading 23 States Receive Over $307 Million in Bonuses for Enrolling Children in Health Coverage

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Medical Costs Drive New Health Plan Increases Above 10 Percent

Rising medical costs were the primary driver of recent rate increases by health insurers, accounting for three-quarters or more of the larger premium hikes requested between July 2012 and June 2013, a new Commonwealth Fund study finds. The analysis takes … finish reading Medical Costs Drive New Health Plan Increases Above 10 Percent

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4 Times More Americans Enrolled in Health Insurance Marketplaces in November Than October

Nearly 365,000 Americans selected plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace (HIM) in October and November, and enrollment in November was more than four times greater than October’s reported federal enrollment number, according to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Almost 2 million … finish reading 4 Times More Americans Enrolled in Health Insurance Marketplaces in November Than October

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Public Awareness of Health Insurance Marketplaces Has Tripled Since October 1st Launch

Despite widespread difficulty accessing the online health insurance marketplaces, public awareness has tripled since their October 1st launch, and a majority of those unable to access them will try again, according to a new Commonwealth Fund survey. Sixty percent of … finish reading Public Awareness of Health Insurance Marketplaces Has Tripled Since October 1st Launch

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Pediatric Mental Health Diagnoses Jump 30 Percent in Last Four Years

Pediatricians are seeing an increase in behavioral health problems among children, including sharp increases in Attention Deficit Hypertension Disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, and eating disorders, according to a study from athenahealth, Inc. According to the report, growth in ADHD is … finish reading Pediatric Mental Health Diagnoses Jump 30 Percent in Last Four Years

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CMS Announces Major Savings for Medicare Beneficiaries

Medicare beneficiaries are seeing significant out-of-pocket savings due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS). CMS officials say that the standard monthly Part B premiums will remain at $104.90 in 2014, … finish reading CMS Announces Major Savings for Medicare Beneficiaries

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Small Business Owners Value Choice of Plans for Employees

More than half of small business owners who currently provide their employees with health benefits are willing to offer a choice of health plans while paying a fixed cost, as long as the employee pays extra for a more expensive … finish reading Small Business Owners Value Choice of Plans for Employees

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Affordable Care Act Will Reduce Out-of-Pocket Medical Spending for Many Americans

While out-of-pocket medical expenses for most Americans will decline with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), newly insured consumers under an expanded Medicaid program will save the most money, according to a new RAND Corporation study. An estimated 11 million Americans … finish reading Affordable Care Act Will Reduce Out-of-Pocket Medical Spending for Many Americans

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