Toothbrush startup acquires dental insurance company for total tooth care

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Quip has announced its intentions to purchase Afora, taking the next step in its unique business model. Electric toothbrush startup, Quip, is acquiring Afora, a dental insurance company. Quip first started selling its toothbrushes online back in 2015. It has, since that time, built a substantial consumer network. The toothbrush company offers subscriptions for direct-to-consumer personal care products. As popular as its toothbrushes have become, Quip is lining up to become more than a toothbrush brand. Instead, it is expanding to be able to become a dental insurance company, too.…

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Florida health insurance program drops nearly 2k dependents without authentication

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Governor Rick Scott has required that state employees provide more documentation to qualify for coverage. A $950,000 investigation into the Florida health insurance program has caused 1,825 dependents to lose their coverage. The audit required state employees to submit birth certificates in order to verify a child’s eligibility. Moreover marriages required an IRS tax return transcript for authentication. Nearly two thousand people have been taken off the state-employee health insurance program as a result. As workers failed to provide the necessary child birth certificates and tax documents, their dependents were…

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Royal baby boy delivery expenses lower than those of average US woman

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Prince William and Kate Middleton’s healthy son was born in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton announced the birth of the youngest royal baby boy. The newborn was delivered in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital just like his brother George and sister Charlotte. Despite the baby’s royal status, his birth likely cost less than what is charged to the average mom in the U.S. The cost of 24 hours in a deluxe room for a non-cesarean…

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Idaho kids health insurance system may have been overpaid

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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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Colorado mental health insurance bill to help consumers navigate the system

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A new measure introduced this week may make it simpler for state residents to receive mental health care. A new Colorado mental health insurance bill introduced this week could make it easier for state residents to receive the care they need. The idea is to form a state ombudsperson’s office. The goal of the office is to assist Colorado residence in navigating the insurance system for mental health care. Many people struggle to understand their rights and to whom they should direct their questions. Individuals find the current Colorado mental…

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Humana and UnitedHealth launch insurance company blockchain pilot

Insurance company blockchain Pilot Launched by Humana and UntiedHealth

The massive American insurers have announced their test to improve healthcare data quality. Two of the largest insurers in the United States have come together to launch an insurance company blockchain pilot. The purpose is to be able to improve the quality of healthcare data. This technology could provide a considerable opportunity for data analytics for health insurers. Humana and UnitedHealth Group are traditionally competitors in the health insurance industry. However, they are working together in this insurance company blockchain pilot program. They are partnered with Quest Diagnostics and MultiPlan…

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Walmart health insurance acquisition talks underway with Humana

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The largest retail chain in the world is reportedly in early-stage negotiations with the insurer. A new Walmart health insurance company may one day form if its acquisition of Humana is successful. The Wall Street Journal reported that the retailer was in talks with the insurer for precisely that purpose. Reuters soon after reported that the companies were working on a possible partnership without ruling out an acquisition. Humana’s shares skyrocketed by up to 13 percent during the trade hours following the reports. The Walmart health insurance talks also gave…

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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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California health insurance premiums may spike, analysis

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Covered California predicts a possible spike in rates residents are paying for policies. California health insurance premiums may sharply rise over the next few years. In fact, Covered California’s own analysis predicts a 35 percent increase by 2021. When compared to the current rates, Californian consumers may pay 35 percent more over three years. The state is among a total of 15 predicting average rate hikes of 35 percent by 2021 compared to their current rates. Across the United States, consumers purchasing coverage on an insurance exchange may pay more.…

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Idaho health insurance plans draw Trump administration warning

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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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