Maryland to let residents complete health insurance enrollment on tax forms

Health insurance enrollment - Income Tax - Filing Taxes

Governor Larry Hogan signed the first measure in the country to provide this opportunity. Maryland has become the first state in the country to make it possible for residents to complete a health insurance enrollment at the same time that they file their taxes. The governor signed the bill on Monday, making it possible for tax forms to double as insurance applications. The new bill lets residents use their tax forms for the opportunity to complete their health insurance enrollment as well. When Governor Hogan signed the bill, it made…

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Japan’s insurance industry takes steps to stop genetic discrimination

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The Japanese industry is preparing guidelines to make sure insurers can’t collect customer DNA. The insurance industry in Japan is getting ready to create guidelines that would stop genetic discrimination by insurers in the country. They are seeking to ban health and life insurance companies from the collection or use of genetic information for purposes related to coverage eligibility or premiums calculations. Associations across the industry say they haven’t started using genetic info but the goal is to stop it. According to the Life Insurance Association of Japan, its members…

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Why Do You Need Health Insurance Even When Under 30?

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When young and healthy, most people think that health insurance is not necessary. Many even say that it is just too expensive to warrant offered benefits. This is definitely not the case. Getting health insurance is one of the best things you can do, no matter what your age is. There are various things that can be said about health insurance so let us focus on those facts that are highly important. Health Insurance Is Affordable Many say that health insurance is not affordable. This is not actually the case.…

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128K Tennessee children’s health insurance plans were cut and many parents have no idea

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Thousands of kids were erased from the CoverKids and TennCare programs since 2017. About 128,000 children were purged from the CoverKids and TennCare Tennessee children’s health insurance plans over a period of two years. Unless they took their kids to the doctor’s office and were refused, parents had no idea it happened. TennCare and CoverKids are two government sponsored Tennessee children’s health insurance programs for low-income families. As over 100 thousand kids in the state were not covered by private insurance, the number of uninsured residents of Tennessee ballooned in…

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Aging immigrants with health insurance are at a lower cardiovascular disease risk

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Even with the powerful benefits coverage has to offer, immigrants are typically underinsured. Aging immigrants have a far lower cardiovascular disease risk when they have a health plan to cover their medical needs. This is particularly true among individuals who have only recently arrived in the United States. This was the conclusion of a recent study conducted by NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing researchers. The study was published in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship. Simply having health insurance coverage plays an integral role in the risk associated with heart…

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New Mexico regulators pursue improved short term health insurance oversight

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Officials in the state want greater control over the minimum standards for these types of plan. New Mexico insurance regulators are seeking greater authority over the short term health insurance plans in the state. They are aiming to set the state’s minimum standards for these health plans, instead of using those established by the federal government. The new standards will become effective through a new bill that has passed the House of Representatives. A new short term health insurance minimum standards bill has now passed the New Mexico House of…

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FBI investigating country-wide workers compensation fraud scheme

Workers compensation fraud

The Bureau is looking into an alleged nationwide scam involving insurance and pensions. The F.B.I. has launched an investigation into an alleged nationwide workers compensation fraud, health insurance scam and pension plan scheme. The scheme involves policies and plans sold by American Labor Alliance or its U.S. subsidiaries. The F.B.I. has requested that any businesses that have purchased policies or plans from American Labor Alliance (A.L.A.) or any of its subsidiaries across the country should contact their state insurance regulator. The state regulator will be able to tell if health…

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