Many health insurance denials in Pennsylvania to undergo fresh review

Health insurance - Denied - Pennsylvania

A new program in the state will focus on cases in which individuals have failed to obtain payments. The new Independent External Review program in Pennsylvania will be taking another look at health insurance claims in which policyholders felt they were incorrectly denied. Many people feel that the current appeal process hasn’t worked for them due to its limitations. There is already an appeal process available to health insurance customers whose claims have been denied for the cost of a medication or medical procedure. They have been able to appeal…

Read More

Record numbers of Texas residents enrolled in ACA health insurance plans this year

Health insurance plans - ACA enrollment Texas

The state’s total enrollment numbers were recently released, with over 1 in 9 Texans covered. The 2024 open enrollment period came with a record number of Texan sign-ups for health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The data was released by the federal government as the state uses the federal HealthCare.gov marketplace. Over 1 in every 9 residents of the state are now covered by health insurance plans sold through the ACA in 2024. This is a notable record, as it was set in the state with the…

Read More

Consumers that missed the health insurance open enrollment have options

Health insurance - Investigating Options

There are definite financial risks from missing open enrollment, but all is not lost. The 2024 open enrollment periods for Affordable Care Act health insurance markets have now passed, and many consumers are now wondering what happens if they wanted coverage but didn’t obtain it in time. Understanding options begins with knowing what the open enrollment period is all about. The open enrollment period for buying health insurance allows people to purchase their coverage for the next twelve months. Many people already have coverage through work benefits and don’t need…

Read More

Health insurance customers comprise most people with medical debt

Health insurance - Past Due Medical Bills

This represents a dramatic shift from a previous time when most debtors were uninsured. The majority of people who have debt to American hospitals are individuals who are covered by health insurance, according to data recently released by medical billing analysts. Patients with coverage are often still unable to pay the bills they receive from hospitals. “We always used to consider bad debt, especially bad debt write-offs from a hospital perspective, those [patients] that have the ability to pay but don’t,” said Kodiak Solutions senior vice president Colleen Hall. Kodiak…

Read More

New Jersey governor signs health insurance legislation expanding coverage

Health insurance - Infertility Coverage - New Jersey

Governor Murphy signed A5235/S3627 to expand coverage to include infertility services. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy recently signed A5235/S3627 to expand requirements for health insurance coverage in the state to include infertility services. The legislation requires that many plans provide benefits relating to pregnancy healthcare services. The health insurance coverage requirements apply to certain private sector health insurance companies, including those under state regulation. They must now provide group plans with more than 50 people with pregnancy-related benefits. This also applies to plans in the School Employees’ Health Benefits Program…

Read More