New legislation could impact health insurance in Kansas

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Legislation seeks to place federal funding under the control of the state Legislature and governor New legislation is being considered in the Kansas Legislature and it may create some problems for people seeking financial aid for their health insurance coverage. The legislation aims to place all funding provided by the federal government for health care services under the control of the state’s lawmakers and governor. Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger has warned Kansas residents that the legislation could make it much more difficult for them to receive the federal financial aid…

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Auto insurance requirements set to rise in Arizona

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Arizona lawmakers aim to raise the insurance requirements for the states drivers The minimum level of auto insurance coverage is about to rise in Arizona. A new legislation has been introduced that would require drivers to purchase additional coverage and pay higher rates. The legislation seeks to mitigate the risks that exist in the state. The minimum auto insurance level has not been changed for the past 42 years and lawmakers suggest that the current insurance requirements are no longer adequately protecting the state’s residents from accidents and other issues.…

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Health insurance campaign launched in Arizona

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Volunteers seek to raise awareness of health insurance in Arizona Arizona has launched a year-long campaign to promote coverage through its health insurance exchange over the weekend. The state is hoping to raise awareness of the exchange, which could offer affordable coverage to the state’s estimated 1 million people that do not have health insurance protection currently. Enroll America, a national non-profit organization that works with health care and social service agencies, is one of the parties participating in the campaign. Volunteers work to spread information Through Enroll America, volunteers…

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Arizona rejects health insurance exchange plans

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer shuts down exchange efforts Arizona lawmakers have been wrestling with the concept of a health insurance exchange for some time. The state must host an exchange program per the Affordable Care Act, but legislators have been uncertain whether the state should build and operate the exchange itself or leave that burden to the federal government. Governor Jan Brewer has announced that the issue has been settled this week, declaring that Arizona will not be building and operating its own health insurance exchange. Exchanges billed as way…

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Census report highlights lack of health insurance

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Report provides further insight into the health insurance problem of some states A recently released report from the U.S. Census Bureau highlighted the shortfalls in health insurance across the country. The report draws attention to where health insurance coverage is scarce and attempts to provide some insight as to why this may be the case. Kansas made insurance news headlines late last month as it was highlighted in the report, but the Census Bureau notes that the state is not the only one suffering from lack of health insurance coverage.…

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States to look for alternatives if the Affordable Care Act does not survive

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Arizona claims health care reform should happen on the local, not federal, level Arizona is among the 26 states that have risen up to challenge the Affordable Care Act, the federal health care law often referred to as “Obamacare.” These states claim that the federal government has overstepped its boundaries in passing the law. These claims primarily concern a handful of provisions found within the Affordable Care Act, one of which makes health insurance coverage mandatory for all U.S. citizens. Arizona, in particular, believes that the key problem with the…

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Trustmark Life Insurance clashes with federal regulators over higher insurance rates

Trustmark Life Insurance Co. has run afoul of federal insurance regulators who claim that the company has raised rates for health insurance to unreasonable levels. The insurer has raised rates in five states by at least 13%, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. These states are Arizona, Virginia, Wyoming, Pennsylvania and Alabama. The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to submit their rate proposals for federal review if they pass the 10% mark. The Department of Health and Human Services has ordered the insurer to rescind the rate…

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