Obamacare boosts health insurance coverage by 20 million

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President Barack Obama has announced that the uninsured rate among Americans has reached record lows. Obamacare has been a law for six years now, and during that time, 20 million people under the age of 65 have obtained some level of coverage, brining the rate of uninsured Americans down to a low that has never seen before in the country. The latest data from the Obama administration shows 2.4 million more people became insured since the fall. The speech was given by the president while he was in Milwaukee, where…

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11.4 million people sign up for health insurance coverage in the US

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More than 11 million people have used insurance exchanges to find the coverage that they need The open enrollment period for health insurance exchanges in the United States has come to an end and the White House has announced that 11.4 million people signed up for coverage through these exchanges. Many people opted to seek out insurance coverage through these exchanges because of the availability of subsidies from the federal government. These subsidies are offered through the Affordable Care Act and have helped offset the cost of insurance policies for…

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Thousands could lose their health insurance coverage in the US

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By the end of September, 115,000 people could lose their insurance coverage The Obama Administration has warned that as many as 115,000 people in 36 states could lose their health insurance coverage by September 30. This is due to unresolved data problems involving citizenship and immigration status. When insurance exchanges began their open enrollment period last year, millions of people applied for insurance coverage. The government suggests that a portion of these enrollees supplied false or incomplete information when using an exchange. The Department of Health and Human Services has…

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Is Health Insurance Worth It?

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Health insurance can be a tricky subject. Many people consider insurance coverage to be vital, holding a place of importance in their lives that few other things approach. Others tolerate insurance coverage, thinking of its as a necessary expense that they are neither fond of nor hate. Still others believe that insurance is a waste of money that could be better spent on other things. Like all forms of insurance, the value of health coverage is a matter of perspective. In the U.S., health insurance coverage is mandatory, but that…

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Health insurance exchange suffer from faulty internal controls

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HHS report identifies internal controls as a problematic issue Insurance exchanges throughout the U.S. have faced technical struggles for the past several months, but a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services may have identified the reasons behind one of the most problematic aspects of these exchanges. Insurance exchanges have been having trouble adequately determining whether or not those seeking federal subsidies are actually eligible for these subsidies. The subsidies are offered by the federal government and exist as a way to make insurance coverage more affordable…

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Health insurance rates may be set for dramatic rise

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Insurance industry experts warn of impending rate shock from higher rates in 2015 The issue of health insurance premiums rising in the U.S. as a result of the Affordable Care Act has received a great deal of attention over the past few years. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, rates will indeed increase in the coming year, but only by a modest amount. The agency suggests that the financial impact of new insurance regulations has not been sufficient enough to cause insurers to raise premiums by a…

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Health insurance deadline looms

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Consumers face March 31 deadline, when open enrollment for exchanges comes to an end The deadline for purchasing health insurance coverage through insurance exchanges in the U.S. is quickly approaching. The open enrollment period for exchanges and the coverage they offer ends on March 31 of this year. Those that do not have health insurance coverage after the deadline passes are more likely to be subjected to penalties coming from the federal government. The problem, however, is that many people are still reporting that they cannot purchase coverage through exchanges…

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Health insurance plans purchased by over one million Americans

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According to Obama, much of this figure came from the over 500,000 who signed up on the federal site this month. According to a statement made by President Barack Obama, over one million people have now purchased their health insurance plans on the exchanges across the country, with over half of that number coming from the federal HealthCare.gov website, throughout the month of December. Despite a very rocky start, it does look as though enrollment has considerably picked up. The president revealed hints at these figures that had been tightly…

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Health insurance problems could cause coverage shortfalls

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Glitches may mean that certain insurance policies will not become active as scheduled The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced that many people that have signed up for health insurance coverage through the federal HealthCare.gov portal may not actually be covered when the New Year starts. People throughout the U.S. have been trying to sign up for coverage through the federal insurance exchange but have been unable to due to technical problems. While the federal government is busy working to resolve these issues, those that did manage…

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Health insurance issues place regulators in a difficult position

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Health insurance regulations continue to cause problems Insurance Commissioners throughout the U.S. have been placed in a difficult situation. Earlier this month, President Obama announced that insurance companies could continue to honor substandard health insurance policies rather than cancelling these policies because they do not comply with the standards of the Affordable Care Act. This is meant to create a transition period wherein consumers can have a reprieve from cancellations and insurers can better prepare to comply with federal law. The problem, however, is that many Insurance Commissioners have been…

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