Cosmetic surgery insurance claims way down as millions of procedures postponed

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Elective procedures have been delayed by weeks, months, or longer due to the pandemic. Cosmetic surgery insurance claims have ground to a virtual halt as elective surgeries face massive postponement waits due to the pandemic crisis. Hospitals are battling with months of backlog for surgeries to meet medical requirements. Around the world, hospitals and clinics have had to cut back on the number of routine procedures they are able to perform in order to maintain patient and staff safety, said a report in the Economist. This measure was also taken…

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2 in 3 Americans don’t understand health insurance options if they lose coverage

Health insurance options - Not knowing options

New research shows that 68 percent don’t know what they could do if their plan wasn’t available. The majority of Americans don’t know what health insurance options are available to them in the incident that they lose their existing coverage. This is a troubling statistic as this scenario is currently an unfortunate reality for millions of Americans. Layoffs resulting from the pandemic have left many people without their employer sponsored health plans. Regardless, only just under 1 in 3 people know the options available to them. The healthinsurance.com survey determined…

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Michigan seeks to broaden addiction treatment insurance coverage

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The goal is to offer more to residents addicted to opioids and to boost opioid reversal medication availability. Michigan is working on expanding its addiction treatment insurance coverage. The idea is to make sure there is more help available for those addicted to opioids and to ensure that reversal medications are more accessible. The state plans to make this widened coverage available to its residents in 2022. The reason the state wants to broaden its addiction treatment insurance coverage is that it wants to reduce the number of people dying…

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Covered California enrollment nearly triples compared to last year

Covered California Enrollment

The state-sponsored health plan sign-ups have sharply spiked over the last three weeks. Covered California enrollment has spiked sharply as more than 58,000 state residents have signed up over the last three weeks. This represents a rise of almost three times the number of people enrolled when compared to the same time in 2019. Officials gave state residents an extension on the sign-up period to help with coverage in the outbreak. The Covered California enrollment period was extended from January to June. The purpose was to make it possible for…

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Florida children’s health insurance available to parents who lose their jobs

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The state is making coverage available to kids in families that have experienced layoffs. Florida children’s health insurance is being made available to families in which parents have lost their jobs and, therefore, their employer-based coverage. The state has created a program to assist families that have lost their jobs and the benefits that went with them. The Florida children’s health insurance program is called Florida Kidcare. Its purpose is to make medical and dental coverage affordable for families with kids and that lost their benefits due to layoffs. The…

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Special Maryland health insurance enrollment period begins to boost coverage

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As a state of emergency is declared Marylanders have a new opportunity to obtain a plan. A special Maryland health insurance enrollment window has opened to help uninsured residents of the state obtain coverage for added financial protection against coronavirus (COVID-19). Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange reopened. The Maryland health insurance enrollment window opened back up again to make sure that residents in the state had an extra chance to purchase coverage during this outbreak. Uninsured Marylanders have the opportunity to…

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US health insurance gaps may accelerate COVID-19 spread

US health insurance gaps - COVID-19 Testing

Over 27 million people across the United States lack coverage, which can reduce testing and treatment. The substantial US health insurance gaps that remain across the country could feed the spread of the novel coronavirus. As about 9 percent of the American population – around 27 million people – lack a health plan, testing and treatment comes with a cost they may not be able to afford. Without coverage people may delay going to get tested or treated or they may not do it at all. In the state of…

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