Kentucky health insurance marketplace prepares to restart

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The state intends to restart Kynect, its own exchange allowing residents to enroll in plans. Governor Andy Beshear has announced the state’s intention to reopen Kynect, the Kentucky health insurance marketplace. The exchange makes it possible for residents who don’t have coverage through an employer to enroll in a plan or sign up for Medicaid if they are eligible. The exchange was originally dismantled in 2017 by former Governor Matt Bevin. Kentucky Voices for Health director of policy advocacy Cara Stewart explained that state residents who want to purchase coverage…

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Percentage of Americans Covered by Health Insurance Plans Fell in 2018

Americans Covered by Health Insurance Plans Percentage Decline

This represents the first time coverage levels have fallen since the Affordable Care Act went into effect. For the first time since 2009 – the year before the Affordable Care Act was implemented – the percentage of Americans with health insurance plans fell last year. Until 2018, the share of U.S. residents with health insurance had risen each year since 2010. The drop in the share of Americans covered by health insurance plans has occurred regardless of the strength of the economy. Therefore, it was speculated in a New York…

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Governor Polis announces massive Colorado health insurance exchange premiums drop

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Across the state, consumers will experience an average cost reduction of 18.2 percent on plans. Governor Jared Polis recently announced a tremendous 18.2 percent average Colorado health insurance exchange premiums reduction for 2020. This will apply to state residents who purchase theirhealth plans through the Affordable Care Act marketplace. This is expected to provide over 200,000 Colorado residents with premiums relief. This premiums reduction affects only consumers who purchase their coverage through the Colorado health insurance exchange. It does not impact those who receive their coverage from the government or…

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Pennsylvania takes steps to take control over its online health insurance exchange

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The state is making moves to form its own marketplace instead of relying on the federal government. Pennsylvania is taking initial steps to take over control of its own health insurance exchange. From 2014 until now, it has been participating in the federal marketplace. Pennsylvania is hoping to reduce the cost of health insurance by launching its own ACA exchange. The goal of the move to Pennsylvania’s own health insurance exchange is to reduce the cost of coverage to consumers. The idea is to make a state-based Affordable Care Act…

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128K Tennessee children’s health insurance plans were cut and many parents have no idea

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Thousands of kids were erased from the CoverKids and TennCare programs since 2017. About 128,000 children were purged from the CoverKids and TennCare Tennessee children’s health insurance plans over a period of two years. Unless they took their kids to the doctor’s office and were refused, parents had no idea it happened. TennCare and CoverKids are two government sponsored Tennessee children’s health insurance programs for low-income families. As over 100 thousand kids in the state were not covered by private insurance, the number of uninsured residents of Tennessee ballooned in…

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New Mexico regulators pursue improved short term health insurance oversight

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Officials in the state want greater control over the minimum standards for these types of plan. New Mexico insurance regulators are seeking greater authority over the short term health insurance plans in the state. They are aiming to set the state’s minimum standards for these health plans, instead of using those established by the federal government. The new standards will become effective through a new bill that has passed the House of Representatives. A new short term health insurance minimum standards bill has now passed the New Mexico House of…

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More Americans have health plan coverage now than before Obamacare

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Over 95 percent of American children now have medical coverage, which is a significant increase. On the whole, fewer Americans lack health plan coverage than was the case before the Affordable Care Act. That said, Americans in some states are more likely to be covered than others. Residents of pro-Trump states are less likely to have health insurance coverage than those in blue states. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.) data, over 95 percent of children across the country are now have health plan coverage. Overall, the…

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