Americans’ third biggest living expense is health insurance

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Premiums have risen to the point that they require 10.69 percent of an average annual salary. Health insurance premiums comprise a large amount of the average annual income of Americans and consumers are being forced to weigh their priority with other essential expenses, say the results of a new NiceRx study. The premiums paid represent about one dollar out of every ten the average American earns. To arrive at its results, the researchers from NiceRx used data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Value Penguin, World Population Review, and Patriot…

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New York health insurance rates could rise by double digits

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Both consumers and small businesses alike are expected to see the rise in monthly premiums. New York health insurance companies are currently filing for rate hikes to be applied in 2023 on their small group plans and for individual consumers. Insurers are seeking to hike rates as much as 46 percent on plans covering companies with under 100 employees. New York health insurance companies have also asked for increases as high as 35 percent for customers who aren’t a part of groups with plans, but who will be buying their…

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California health insurance to be made available for undocumented immigrants

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The coverage will be offered to the millions of people in the state who spend and pay taxes there. Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that California health insurance will be offered to all undocumented immigrants throughout the state. This will make the state the first in the country to make the plans available to all undocumented immigrants. “This is a victory for the millions of undocumented Californians who contribute $3.7 billion in state and local taxes and over $40 billion in spending power to our economy ever year,” said State…

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Health insurance expansion headed to Oregon and Kentucky

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The states have dug into a little-used Affordable Care Act policy to help close coverage gap. Kentucky and Oregon have grabbed hold of a little-used Affordable Care Act provision that will make it possible to create a health insurance plan for people with household incomes too high to qualify for the Medicaid programs in their states. The Obama-era policy makes it possible to create the new plan with the support of federal funds. Oregon and Kentucky are hoping that the introduction of these new health insurance plans through the application…

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New States Add Medicare Supplement Birthday Rules

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Insurance agents competing to sell Medicare Supplement insurance in five states can now capitalize on rules benefiting Medicare beneficiaries.  According to the American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance (AAMSI), the five states include California, Illinois, Oregon, Nevada and Idaho. “Medicare insurance agents now face a daunting task of competing with the millions of dollars being spent on television ads featuring celebrity spokespeople,” explains Jesse Slome, director of the American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance.  “Survival of the independent Medicare insurance agent will depend on the ability to take advantage of…

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True Captive Insurance Selects Gradient AI to Provide Deeper Insights, Cost Efficiency for Healthcare Insurance

Solution Reduces Costs, Enhances Risk Management, Improves Member Experience Gradient AI, a leading enterprise software provider of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions in the insurance industry announced today that True Captive Insurance, a provider of innovative healthcare solutions for employers of all sizes, has selected its SAIL™ solution to help reduce group healthcare insurance costs while maintaining a high standard of care for member companies. Driven by the desire to have more control over company insurance plans, health insurance captives, like True Captive, have recently gained in popularity and are experiencing tremendous growth.…

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Linked-Benefit Long-Term Care Video Library Launched By AALTCI

Sales of linked-benefit long-term care insurance continue to outpace traditional long-term care policies.  A new video library will provide meaningful information to prospective buyers. “There is enormous interest in linked benefit long-term care,” states Jesse Slome, director of the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance director.  “Judging by the consumer inquiries we receive, there are also many misconceptions and some flawed information that we wanted to address.” The Association has just launched an online video library that will consist of short informative videos focused specifically on hybrid or linked-benefit long-term…

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