Health insurance for illegal immigrants to be a US first in California

Health insurance for illegal immigrants - Approval in California

The state is setting itself up to become the first in the country to cover undocumented residents. A new budget deal now has the nod from California lawmakers, setting the scene to make the state the first in the country to offer health insurance for illegal immigrants. This bill would make it possible for adults living illegally in the U.S. to purchase health plans. The health insurance for illegal immigrants benefits were a component of a broad-reaching plan for how the state will spend $213 billion of federal and state…

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California may use penalties to pay for health insurance subsidies

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Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed a tax penalty that would cover the Californian subsidy costs. Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed a new move to fund health insurance subsidies in the state. It would provide an estimated 850,000 Californians with assistance in paying their premiums. The goal is to assist people who make too much to qualify for federal aid but struggle to pay premiums. To be able to afford to provide the additional health insurance subsidies, the Democratic governor has proposed a tax penalty. This would be applied to Californians…

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New York health insurance policies now cover 95 percent of state residents

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The N.Y. State of Health has announced a new coverage record as many more residents enroll. A New York health insurance enrollment record has been broken this year as 95 percent of residents are now enrolled in the N.Y. State of Health plans. Registrations in the New York State of Health plans have struck record levels for this year’s coverage. This year’s enrollment period came to a close on January 31 and by that point, there were 4.8 million people with New York Health Insurance registrations. This figure represents 95…

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Trump’s attempt to roll back birth control mandate quashed by judge

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A federal judge has ruled to block a set of new regulations put forward by the Trump administration. The recent attempt the Trump administration has made to block the birth control mandate in the Affordable Care Act has been halted for the moment. A federal judge in Pennsylvania has paused the ability for the efforts to move forward. The Trump administration had been seeking to roll back the birth control mandate. This would make it harder for women to obtain no cost birth control if their employers state that they…

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Government shutdown stops worker pay but not heath care coverage

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As this record breaking ongoing shutdown continues, federal employees continue their health insurance. The government shutdown continues to stop 800,000 federal employees and others from receiving their paychecks. That said, as they go unpaid, many have questions about their employee health insurance and other health benefits. Workers are worrying about their health, vision, dental and long-term care coverage. For those who wonder about their insurance benefits, most will continue even while workers go unpaid. Federal employees, for the most part, don’t need to worry that the government shutdown will affect…

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2018 Insurance industry trends laying the foundation for 2019

Insurance Industry Trends - What's Next

This year took insurers and their policyholders in a new direction that will define future movements. Every year reveals different insurance industry trends and as we look back on 2018, it has become clear that it was also defined by a specific direction. Last year was seen as a time in which regulations were changing broadly but 2018 was different. In 2018, the insurance industry trends in the United States showed an inclination toward forming new alliances and remaining flexible in an evolving marketplace, according to a recent Modern Healthcare…

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Federal judge’s ruling calls Affordable Care Act unconstitutional

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Though former president Obama is unconcerned about Obamacare’s future, it may harm the GOP. A federal judge in Texas has ruled that the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is unconstitutional. The impact of this decision about the health care reform has been a substantial one for Republicans. The Republican-appointed judge hasn’t had much of an immediate practical impact on the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare continues to be in effect as the legal battle will progress forward. It may eventually end up heading to the Supreme Court. That said,…

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