Covered California exchange enrollments experience 23 percent spike

Covered California exchange health insurance coverage

The number of new customers registering for their health insurance is considerably higher this year. The Covered California exchange has experienced a notable increase in the number of new customers enrolling this year. When compared to the first two weeks of open enrollment last year, the same period this year experienced an increase of 23 percent. From November 1 through November 14, there were an estimated 48,000 new customers enrolled. Comparatively, the number of people who signed up on the Covered California exchange in 2016 during the first two weeks…

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CHIP expiration places health insurance of millions of children at risk

CHIP Health Insurance for Children

The program currently covers the kids of almost 9 million low income American families. Kids covered by CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, could potentially lose their plans if it is not reauthorized in time. The program was designed to offer low income families with the opportunity to cover their kids inexpensively. For many families, this health insurance program is the only means of covering medical care. CHIP provides kids with coverage for pediatric visits from annual checkups to ear infections, and from surgeries to radiation and chemotherapy. For many…

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ACA health insurance enrollments growth already outpacing last year

ACA health insurance registrations exchange

There are already 600,000 people who have signed up for their plans through the official marketplaces. According to a recent reports on the latest ACA health insurance enrollments, registrations are up and look very promising. In fact, more than half a million people have already enrolled, 23 percent of whom are new to the insurance exchanges. Despite President Trump’s claims that the Affordable Care Act marketplace was collapsing, it’s growing. “More than 600,000 people signed up last week for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, significantly beating the pace…

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Health insurance exchanges start fifth annual open enrollment period under ACA

Health insurance exchanges - American healthcare reforms

The Affordable Care Act is moving forward with its marketplaces despite repeated efforts by Republicans. The last year has represented a consistent Republican effort to stop the health insurance exchanges from moving forward in the form they initially took through the Affordable Care Act. That said, despite the GOP’s attempts, the marketplaces have opened their doors for their fifth annual open enrollment season. The 45 day long window to purchase health insurance opened on Wednesday morning with the start of November. Now, eligible Americans across the country will be using…

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State insurance regulators start approving rate hikes to cover Trump’s slashed subsidies

trump health insurance regulators premiums rates

Officials in Maryland have already given their approval to the last minute increases, but others are following. Insurance regulators in many states are starting to look into last minute health plan rate increases to compensate for the elimination of Affordable Care Act subsidies. Michigan officials have warned that they are already looking into the increases that they are likely to approve. At the same time, Maryland insurance regulators have already given their approval to the rate hikes. These increases are a direct response to President Trump’s executive order that eliminated…

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Cancer insurance coverage rose significantly because of the Affordable Care Act

cancer insurance coverage MRI

The controversial health care law nicknamed Obamacare has made a measureable difference in reducing uninsured adults. The number of adults who have cancer insurance coverage saw a striking increase with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Following Obamacare, a much higher number of Americans who had already received a cancer diagnosis now have health plans. It is yet unknown whether or not the latest health care reforms will continue this positive trend. This cancer insurance conclusion was presented in a study published in the JAMA Oncology journal. The study…

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Health insurance disclosure is required on tax returns to avoid I.R.S. rejection

health insurance disclosure tax penalty

The Internal Revenue Service announced its intentions to step up the enforcement of the ACA tax penalty. Even as President Trump works to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the I.R.S. has taken steps to enforce health insurance disclosure on tax filings. The Internal Revenue Service revealed new regulations that will automatically reject digital filings in which insured status is not revealed. This latest announcement reveals an intention to strengthen components of former President Obama’s health care law. The Affordable Care Act already requires health insurance disclosure when taxes are filed.…

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Breast cancer risk of death greater among black Americans due to uninsured rates

black woman breast cancer risk

This demographic has less coverage than the average woman in the United States, threatening their health. Results of a newly released study show that black woman have a greater chance of death due to their breast cancer risk as they are less likely to have adequate health insurance coverage. The report on the study was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Before women were routinely screened and effectively treated for breast cancer, black and white women suffered the same risk. Before the early 1980s, neither systems of diagnoses nor…

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GOP opposition to ACA subsidies suspends bipartisan health care agreement

aca subsidies - health care reform

Just after bipartisan senators released an eleventh hour effort to save medical coverage, it ground to a halt. A bipartisan effort to rescue the American health care system following President Donald Trump’s annihilation of the ACA subsidies has stalled. Though the agreement had been underway, hours later, it was suspended as the president sent mixed signals and Republicans either opposed it or failed to endorse it. The agreement was created due to a sense of urgency to recover after key payments to insurance companies were withdrawn. As President Trump was…

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Trump ends health care subsidies and places Congress under high pressure

Donald Trump health care subsidies - signing executive order

The President’s decision to cut off payments vital to making insurance plans affordable is creating turmoil. Before the start of the weekend, President Trump decided to singlehandedly eliminate the health care subsidies central to the Affordable Care Act. The move takes away money critical to making sure lower income Americans can afford the coverage they need. Trump’s decision was made to try to put pressure on Congress to repeal the ACA, despite many prior failures. The health care subsidies were added to President Obama’s reforms to protect consumers against the…

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