Health care reform in Michigan may not see large enrollment increases

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An exec in the state has suggested that she has doubts about the number of sign ups to come before March 31. In order to comply with the federal health care reform law throughout the United States, people without insurance now have only two and a half more months to enroll into the government subsidized plans in order to avoid facing a tax penalty. That said, a Michigan insurance executive has expressed doubts regarding the new enrollment that will occur. Joan Budden, the chief marketing officer of Priority Health has…

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Health insurance exchanges become subject of political attacks

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Health insurance exchanges are gaining more attention The Affordable Care Act has been a major point of contention in U.S. politics since 2010. The federal law seeks to make significant changes to health insurance and the country’s health care structure, with a strong focus on making health insurance coverage more available to consumers throughout the country. One of the primary provisions of the federal law tasks states with playing host to health insurance exchange programs. These exchanges are meant to serve as marketplaces where consumers can find the affordable coverage…

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Healthcare reforms will ensure rehab services of celebrity quality

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The new federal coverage laws will ensure that citizens will have the same services Cory Monteith is using. The importance of rehab services has been in the spotlight this week as Cory Monteith, of Glee fame, completed his own stint to recover from drug abuse, and at the same time, it has brought the healthcare reforms and their addiction coverage into the spotlight. The changes to the law, which will go into effect next year, will make sure these services are available to everyone. The lead actor may be an…

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Affordable Care Act stirring rage in California

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Affordable Care Act spurs insurers to raise rates Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, health insurance companies have been warning of a nationwide rate increase that could introduce new financial pressures to consumers throughout the U.S. Insurers claim that the provisions of the health care law are responsible for the possibility of higher rates. The law requires insurance companies to take more aggressive measures on the types of coverage they provide, the administration of the companies themselves, as well as expand the eligibility of insurance coverage.…

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California health care reform moves on

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Obama victory adds momentum to California heatlh care reform efforts President Obama has won a second term, and this may be good news for California lawmakers who are eager to institute the next phase of their California health care reform plans. California is one of several states that has been making quick and decisive progress on complying with the Affordable Care Act. The state was the first in the country to pass laws concerning the establishment of its own health insurance exchange, and now lawmakers are looking to take advantage…

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Catholic Health to provide new health insurance plans

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Catholic Health announces new insurance options for businesses New York’s Catholic Health, along with its affiliated health care professionals and Independent Health, has announced that it will begin offering new health insurance options next year. These options are being designed to low the premiums associated with certain types of coverage and narrow the organization’s health care network. Other insurance groups throughout the U.S. are adopting similar initiatives in order to adapt to the changes being made by the Affordable Care Act. New plans part of response to business concerns Catholic…

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New Jersey health insurance exchange makes progress despite setbacks

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New Jersey health insurance exchange moving closer to becoming a reality Hope for a New Jersey health insurance exchange remains strong as a state Senate committee approves legislation that will open up the way for an exchange to be built and run by the state. The bill is similar to one that was passed earlier in the year concerning the same issue. The Democrat-controlled Legislature is expected to ultimately pass legislations concerning the New Jersey health insurance exchange and the state’s efforts are currently on track to have the exchange…

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Mississippi challenge to Affordable Care Act dismissed

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Affordable Care Act challenge dismissed by federal judge After the Affordable Care Act was upheld by the Supreme Court earlier this year, the 26 states opposing the federal health care law continued working to dismantle it while simultaneously complying with its provisions. Mississippi, however, was quick to file a follow up lawsuit challenging the law. This lawsuit managed to make its way to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, where federal judge Keith Starrett ruled that the challenge was “premature.” Challenge ruled as premature According to…

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New tool calculates impact of Affordable Care Act

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BancorpSouth Insurance provides new service to help companies cope with Affordable Care Act BancorpSouth Insurance Services, a subsidiary of BancorpSouth Bank, has announced the launch of a new tool that will help its clients and others determine the financial impact of the Affordable Care Act. The federal health care law – which was ruled to be constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court – brings a significant number of changes to the country’s insurance landscape. The law introduces and changes many regulations that governed the insurance industry and how companies do…

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Massachusetts insurance exchange awarded funds to help it fall in line with the Affordable Care Act

Massachusetts is currently one of the few states that has a working insurance exchange in place. The state’s online marketplace has been a boon for those looking for affordable health insurance policies but it does not comply with the standards established by the Affordable Care Act. Instead of requiring the state to scrap the project and start from scratch, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and auxiliary arm of the Department of Health and Human Services, has awarded the state with funding to help legislators make necessary changes. He…

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