Idaho kids health insurance system may have been overpaid

Kids Health Insurance - Doctor, child, stethoscope

The federal government claims it paid $3.1 million too much, thought the state disagrees. A federal agency claims it overpaid the Idaho kids health insurance program by $3.1 million from 2010 through 2013. This, according to an Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services audit. Idaho completely disagrees and says that all the payments it received were fully justified. The kids health insurance audit suggested that there was an overpayment and that it was Idaho’s fault. The report indicated the state should be…

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Allstate drops below third place in the auto insurance market

Auto Insurance Market - Allstate Drops in the auto insurance market - graph down trend

The car policy provider recently lost significant ground according to recent NAIC data. Allstate has lost its previous coveted spot in the auto insurance market. The insurance company had previously been in third place in the country. That said, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) released data showing the provider’s downward slide. Allstate was the third auto insurance company in the United States but fell to fourth place. The reduction of Allstate’s position in the auto insurance market occurred when its share dropped 0.43 points to control 9.29 percent…

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Michigan auto insurance rates are increasing yet again

Michigan Auto Insurance Rates - Graph - Auto Insurance rates on the rise

Drivers throughout the state are bracing to once again pay more for their no-fault coverage. Michigan auto insurance rates are about to head upwards yet again. Motorists are accustomed to seeing their premiums rise as a result of the ever-increasing no-fault coverage fees. Now, many will need to tighten belts even further to help them afford the new rates in the state. The rising Michigan auto insurance rates have been problematically high for several years. The upward trend of coverage costs has been a persistent one. State lawmakers have repeatedly…

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Health plan premiums could rise by $2,000 for older Americans under Trump proposal

Health Plan Premiums Could Rise

The Trump administration has proposed a rule to allow short-term policies to provide longer coverage. Trump’s proposal regarding short-term policies could drive health plan premiums skyward. Older American adults would be the most affected by this change. The proposal involves allowing 364 days of coverage instead of the current cap at 3 months. Short-term health policies typically come with smaller premiums than full one-year plans The short term policies are sold not through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance exchanges. They come with lower health plan premiums because they don’t…

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Idaho health insurance plans draw Trump administration warning

Idaho health insurance plans - Stop Sign on Road

The state has announced its intentions to allow certain medical policies that don’t comply with the ACA. The Trump administration has sent a written warning regarding Idaho health insurance plans. The state revealed its intentions to begin selling health policies that fail to meet the Affordable Care Act’s minimum requirements. The Trump administration said Idaho’s move “may not be substantially enforcing” the health care law. The letter was issued as a warning. Trump’s administration sent it to Idaho’s governor, Butch Otter (R). The letter was also sent to the Idaho…

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Health insurance plan coverage reaching all but 7 percent of Californians

california health insurance plan

A new nationwide study conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics examined uninsured rates. Nearly 29 million Americans across the country currently lack a health insurance plan. This is a considerable reduction in the uninsured rate. In 2010, almost 49 million Americans didn’t have health insurance coverage. Californians are faring even better than the rest of the country in terms of their coverage rates. That said, on the other end of the spectrum, Texans are the Americans least likely to have a health insurance plan. In that state, 20…

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The Wells Fargo scandal continues to bite with 38,000 erroneous letters mailed

wells fargo scandal letter

The auto insurance scam involved selling unnecessary coverage and now includes sending letters containing mistakes. The Wells Fargo scandal that rocked the financial services company in the second half of last year just became more unpleasant. As the bank attempts to recover from the latest damage to its reputation in which auto loan customers were sold insurance policies they didn’t need, they’ve now made another mistake they didn’t need. The bank accidentally sent out letters about the auto insurance scam containing erroneous information. The Wells Fargo scandal involved requiring car…

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California earthquake insurance sales skyrocketed last year

Los Angeles California Earthquake Insurance

Californians have been warned for many years, but 2017 seemed to be the year to take action. Scientists have been cautioning homeowners to buy California earthquake insurance for decades. They have been warning that there is a major tremor overdue in the state. However, many Californians have balked at the thought of buying, afraid premiums would be too high. California earthquake insurance, despite the threat of a serious potential quake, has been a very tough sell for insurers and agents. Only about 10 percent of households in the state had…

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Michigan auto insurance rates are highest of any U.S. state

Michigan Auto Insurance rates

Newly released survey results show that drivers in the state aren’t wrong about how much they’ve been paying. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to know that Michigan auto insurance rates are high. Drivers in the state have been complaining about their premiums for years and lawmakers have made several attempts to alter this situation. A recent survey has confirmed yet again that Michigan drivers are indeed paying more than any other state. The survey confirmed that Michigan auto insurance rates are in fact the highest, on average,…

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Minnesota and New York file Trump administration lawsuit over health care funding cuts

Minnesota Health Insurance Trump Administration Lawsuit

The states have sued the administration for having slashed federal funding for their low-income populations. The state of Minnesota has filed a new Trump administration lawsuit, challenging the decision to cut federal funding for the state’s public health care program. The program is designed to assist those who are employed but who remain below the poverty line. Attorney General Lori Swanson first announced the legal action at the end of last week. The purpose of Minnesota’s Trump administration lawsuit is to stop the federal government for being able to put…

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