Virginia health insurance to lose Anthem next year

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The insurer announced it will officially leave the state’s exchange for the 2018 marketplace. Anthem recently announced its intentions to step out of the Virginia health insurance marketplace for 2018. Moreover, it has also revealed that it will be reducing the number of health plans it sells in Bristol, as well as Washington and Scott counties. The withdrawal from the insurance exchange occurred after Republicans failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This news was also made on the heels of President Trump’s threat to slash healthcare subsidy payments which…

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Anthem health insurance plans leaving Ohio exchange in 2018

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The insurer announced that it will not participate in the state’s ACA marketplace next year. One of the largest insurers in the United States, Anthem health insurance, announced its intention to exit the Ohio ACA exchange next year. While the company is large, very few people will be affected by the departure. Only about 10,500 Ohioans have health plans with Anthem, residing in only one fifth of the state’s counties. While the Anthem health insurance exit from the exchange is a small one when all is said and done, it…

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Anthem health insurance policies with reduced coverage receive approval

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A judge has given the nod to allow the insurer to move forward with a plan offering no out of network care coverage. Anthem health insurance has been allowed to continue selling a California health plan that doesn’t offer out of network care coverage. A judge gave the ruling that stopped Anthem Blue Cross from being restrained from switching half a million Californians to the plan. A consumer group requested that the judge keep a restraining order in place to stop Anthem from making the switches. The restraint would have…

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California health insurer holds off on rate increase

WellPoint Inc., one of the nation’s top health insurers based in California, announced earlier this year that it would be raising premiums on individual policies by 16.4%. After increased pressure from state legislators and insurance commissioner Dave Jones, however, the insurer has proposed a new increase of no more than 9.8%. Furthermore, the company has heeded Jones’ call for delays on rate hikes and has announced that the increases will not take effect until July. According to Jones, the rate increases will affect more than 600,000 policyholders in the state.…

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Open forum for small group health reveals public opinion

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine hosted a public comment forum Monday to discuss their impending rate hikes. A small group assembled in opposition of the proposed premium increases, most of whom were vocal with their disdain. The insurer is seeking to raise its rates as a result of rising medical costs and insists that the new rates will help ensure the quality of health care remains high. Many policyholders aren’t buying it. “We all know this is not about delivering quality care,” argues one angry Mapleton resident,…

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WellPoint Warns Health Insurance Applicants in 10 States Regarding Security Breach

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In July, 2010, America’s largest insurance provider found that a website security error may have placed customers at risk. People in ten states were exposed to this security breach. The site malfunction appears to have resulted from recent WellPoint website updates performed by an outside contractor. WellPoint’s system is regularly used by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield customers. In this case, the error involved the applications for health insurance processed through the website. It was discovered that data from approximately 940 applications was exposed. Using caution, WellPoint notified 470,000 of…

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