Aetna pulls out of New Jersey health insurance exchange

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Company opts to not participate in state health insurance exchange Aetna, one of the largest health insurance companies in the U.S., has announced that it will not be participating in the New Jersey health insurance exchange. The exchange is set to begin open enrollment on October 1 this year, and is meant to provide consumers with access to affordable health insurance plans. Aetna was expected to be a prominent participant in the exchange, but disagreements with state officials may have discouraged the company from participating in the state’s exchange. Aetna…

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Health insurance mandates make coverage expensive in Connecticut

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Connecticut health insurance mandates could make coverage expensive through exchange In Connecticut, the state’s health insurance exchange, called Access Health CT, is set to begin open enrollment on October 1 of this year, with coverage to go into effect on January 1, 2014. Like other health insurance exchanges throughout the country, Connecticut’s system has been the subject of some controversy, but not for the reason that similar programs have been scrutinized. Where much of the criticism concerning health insurance exchanges has to do with the cost and ability for these…

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Auto insurance frustration spawns new legislation in Connecticut

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Lawmakers continue to grow frustrated over lack of compliance with auto insurance laws Connecticut lawmakers have been expressing frustration when it comes to the state’s ban on talking and texting on mobile devices while driving. The law is meant to cut down on activities that could distract drivers and cause accidents, but many drivers have chosen to ignore the law entirely. This has caused lawmakers to consider a more aggressive approach on the matter by highlighting the financial aspects of car accidents. Legislators believe that the prospect of higher auto…

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Flood insurance to be mandatory for thousands of Connecticut residents

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Connecticut homeowners face new flood insurance requirements Thousands of Connecticut residents are expected to feel the weight of mandatory flood insurance coverage in the coming months. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is currently drafting new flood maps for the entire U.S. coastline. This is part of an ongoing effort to understand and mitigate the risks associated with rising sea levels. New flood maps change the risks some properties face in regards to floods. According to FEMA, homes in high risk areas are required to be covered by flood insurance…

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Connecticut moves forward with health insurance exchange

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Connecticut aims to have exchange operational ahead of deadline Connecticut is one of the few states in the U.S. that has made significant progress in establishing its own health insurance exchange. The state is keen to operate the exchange itself in the hopes of providing service to residents that is suited to the needs of the market. Though the state has made major progress over the past two years to build its own exchange program, the Legislature is now working to make the program a reality, hoping to beat the…

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Health care reforms receive more federal money for IT

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Many state insurance exchanges to benefit from more grant funds to expand their capabilities. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have just released the latest information regarding funding for the health care reform, which shows that several states will be receiving over $765 million in total grant money. These funds are intended to boost the state health insurance exchanges on the IT level. The states that will be receiving the grants will include Connecticut, California, New York, Hawaii, Vermont, Maryland, and Iowa. This money will provide the states…

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Minnesota making significant progress on its health insurance exchange

Minnesota health insurance moves ahead with exchange system. Minnesota is making significant progress on establishing its health insurance exchange system. The state has determined that it will continue building an exchange despite the uncertain future of the Affordable Care Act. The federal health care law requires each state to build its own exchange by 2014 or risk losing control of the exchange effort to the federal government. Though the state is committed to building an exchange, the burden of the process falls on the Minnesota Department of Commerce instead of…

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