Humana is leaving Colorado’s small business health insurance market

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The insurer has announced that it will be exiting the employer group marketplace within 18 months. Small business health insurance provider Humana has announced that it will be stepping out of the state’s employer group market within the next 18 months. The announcement was first made in a letter the insurer issued to brokers and agents in the state. While the letter was a formal announcement to the brokers and agents who sell Humana’s health insurance policies, at the time this article was written, the insurer had yet to officially…

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Uninsured rates are low in the US but health care costs continue to be burdensome

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A new Commonwealth Fund study showed that underinsurance remains a strong concern. The Commonwealth Fund has released the results of a new study which found that health care costs remain a serious burden to working-age adults, even though many had insurance coverage. The study showed that 43 percent of adults had inadequate coverage despite having a plan. Even though many of the working-age adults who took part in the study had insurance, 43 percent of them were considered to be underinsured, meaning that health care costs were still a financial…

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More kids have health insurance now than before the pandemic

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Coverage levels rose throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, likely due to a congressional provision. The percentage of American children who didn’t have health insurance coverage decreased notably throughout the pandemic, likely due to a congressional provision that stopped states from dropping anyone with Medicaid throughout the worst of it. The uninsurance rate among children in 2021 was 5.4 percent compared with 5.7 percent in 2019. The year before the pandemic struck, the percentage of kids without health insurance coverage was 5.7 percent. That figure fell to 5.4 percent last year, already…

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Most Americans think US healthcare could be better handled

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According to a poll, this sentiment is particularly strong when it comes to care for older adults. Less than half of Americans feel that the US healthcare system is being handled well, according to the results of a new poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Less than half of the survey participants said they felt that they were satisfied with the way it is managed. Among the survey respondents, only a tiny 12 percent said that they felt US healthcare was handled very well or…

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7 percent of Illinois residents are without health insurance

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New US census data shows that state uninsured rates climbed just slightly between 2020 and 2021. Last year in Illinois, 7 percent of residents were without health insurance coverage, according to recently released data from the US Census. This number represents about 875,000 people across the state who don’t have medical coverage. When compared to 2020, this represented a slight increase in the number of people who didn’t have health insurance. That year, the uninsured rate in the state was about 6.8 percent. That said, the margin of error this…

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Health care costs propelled skyward by labor, inflation, and insurance rates

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There are several factors all contributing to the rising cost associated with medical services and products. Consumer prices are rising across the country, but it hasn’t been specifically determined how much higher health care costs will be headed skyward and how quickly. Product and labor costs alike have been rapidly climbing throughout the United States. With consumer prices climbing as they are, health care expenses are expected to go with them, which will send insurance rates upward in 2023 as well. According to a presentation by the Kaiser Family Foundation,…

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“Leading Idaho” plan slashes 12 percent from health insurance costs

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A key waiver in the plan is meant to help ensure that coverage is accessible to more state residents. The State of Idaho recently achieved a key milestone in its “Leading Idaho” plan in the form of a waiver that will reduce the cost of health insurance for state residents, helping to make the coverage more broadly available, according to an announcement from Governor Brad Little. The state’s innovation waiver is expected to reduce the average premiums by 12 percent. “Idahoans benefited from another win from our ‘Leading Idaho’ plan…

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