The percentage of kids without Pennsylvania health insurance is rising

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The trend had been steady in 2018, but the segment of uninsured children in the state has climbed. In 2018, Pennsylvania health insurance data showed that the rate of uninsured kids had been holding study. However, last year, showed that the trend broke and more children were going without coverage. There are concerns that this situation could worsen as families face COVID-19 pandemic fallout. The Pennsylvania health insurance uninsured rate among children aged 18 years and younger hit 4.6 percent. That grew by 0.2 percent from 2018 and 2019, according…

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Health insurance plan coverage for 5 million Californians at risk

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Legal experts indicate that the ACA is likely to survive but a ruling may not occur until spring 2021. If the US Supreme Court decides to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health insurance plan coverage among Californians could face the biggest risk in the country. Millions of people across the state rely on billions in federal funds to afford their policies. The state has implemented a spectrum of forms of health insurance plan coverage and programs since Obamacare went into place. These include initiatives that expand well beyond the…

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Health care importance is high in the American Presidential Vote

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77 percent of survey respondents said this was a significant factor and 35 percent said it was critical. The results of a recent survey have revealed the health care importance when voting for the next US president. The survey was conducted by Insure.com and discussed the connection between this factor and the country’s politics. Over three quarters of the survey’s respondents felt that it was a significant election issue this year. At the highest level of health care importance was reducing the costs, said the participants in the survey. The…

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Employer sponsored health insurance costs are up 4 percent this year

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The Kaiser Family Foundation data also showed that they have risen by 55 percent in 10 years. Employer sponsored health insurance costs have been rising steadily for Americans, having increased by 4 percent to $21,342 this year, according to a recently published Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) study. The annual KFF survey found that workers are paying almost $5,600 for their coverage this year. KFF’s annual survey determined that American workers are paying almost $5,600 int their employer sponsored health insurance for family coverage. In 2010, that figure had been closer…

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Pennsylvania health insurance exchange launched for consumers in the state

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The state has opened its own Pennie.com marketplace for individuals who need to buy plans. The new Pennsylvania health insurance exchange launched this week, debuting the Pennie.com site where residents of the state can purchase individual plans. This gives state residents a lot more time to shop for the coverage they want for 2021. The new Pennsylvania health insurance exchange opened its doors on Tuesday. Residents of the state who start using Pennie.com right away will have an additional four weeks to compare plans and shop for the coverage they…

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Nearly all nonprofit health insurance co-ops are shutting down

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Of the approximately two dozen that existed during the first few years of ACA, only 3 will soon remain. In the early days of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there were about two dozen nonprofit healthy insurance co-ops. However, now that New Mexico Health Connections announced it will be shutting down at the close of 2020, that number will fall to only 3. Among the three remaining, one is in Maine, one is in Wisconsin and one is in Idaho and Montana. That last of the nonprofit health insurance co-ops…

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Reproductive health care coverage is shrinking due to widespread job losses

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The pandemic crisis job losses are especially hard on younger women and women of color. The immediate economic harm from the COVID-19 pandemic crisis is clearer to see than issues such as shrinking access to reproductive health care coverage. Young women and women of color are being hit hardest by job losses and therefore coverage loss. Health plans are linked to employment for approximately half of Americans. This means that any of those 160 million people who lose their jobs also risk losing their health plans and, therefore, their reproductive health…

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