California health insurance is available to many for only $10 per month

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One million uninsured state residents are eligible for the lowest-cost plans from the marketplace. The open enrollment period for 2023 has now begun and California health insurance is available to millions of state residents for as little as $10 per month. Some individuals and families shopping on the state’s marketplace can find coverage at no cost. Among the 1.7 million state residents who can shop on the Covered California marketplace, two out of every three are eligible for plans that are as cheap as $10 per month. Moreover, many of…

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More Americans than ever have insurance but still avoid health care expenses

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Even with coverage, it’s common for people to avoid seeing a doctor due to cost concerns. Among American patients who have insurance, 41 percent still avoided seeking health care out of concerns that their coverage would still leave them with treatment costs that they couldn’t afford, said a new survey. The largest number of Americans now have coverage since the start of the Affordable Care Act. While the health care overhaul in the form of the Affordable Care Act has helped to bring coverage to record numbers of Americans, there…

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Health insurance coverage levels rise in communities of color

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Department of Health and Human Services data recorded substantial improvements from 2020 to 2022. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released a report in which its data showed that communities of color have recorded considerable improvements in health insurance coverage from 2020 to 2022. The improvements are credited in part to increased outreach efforts for enrollment and enhanced affordability. From 2020 to 2022, there was a 56 percent increase in health insurance coverage enrollment rates among Hispanic people through the Affordable Care Act marketplace. Among Black Americans,…

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Health insurance rates will be higher for Colorado residents next year

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State residents buying their coverage through the state exchange will see higher prices for 2023. Residents of Colorado are seeing higher health insurance rates for 2023 when they shop for their coverage on the state exchange instead of receiving their plans through their employers. The average increase is 10.4 percent across all plans, while employers are also seeing increases. Health insurance rates are rising by 7.4 percent for small employers who have up to 100 workers. The state took longer than usual to announce their final figures for 2023 but…

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Federal health insurance marketplace gives preview of Open Enrollment offerings

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The Biden-Harris Administration is allowing for some window-shopping for US consumers. The 10th Open Enrollment period for the health insurance marketplace will begin tomorrow, but US consumers can check out what will be available early, with window shopping for plan choice, affordability and quality. The federal exchange officially starts accepting enrollments tomorrow, but today you can have a look. Consumers can head to the health insurance marketplace to preview the options available to them and to consider which coverage best suits their needs and where they can save money. The…

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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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