US health insurance gaps may accelerate COVID-19 spread

US health insurance gaps - COVID-19 Testing

Over 27 million people across the United States lack coverage, which can reduce testing and treatment. The substantial US health insurance gaps that remain across the country could feed the spread of the novel coronavirus. As about 9 percent of the American population – around 27 million people – lack a health plan, testing and treatment comes with a cost they may not be able to afford. Without coverage people may delay going to get tested or treated or they may not do it at all. In the state of…

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Six states and DC sue Trump administration over abortion insurance coverage mandate

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Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser called the separate billing policy an administrative nightmare. Six states and the District of Columbia have sued the Trump administration over an abortion insurance coverage billing mandate. This regulation requires insurers to submit a second, separate invoice for reproductive health care. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) policy became effective last Tuesday. The new HHS mandate applies to states that permit insurers on their individual exchanges to sell reproductive health and abortion insurance coverage. The lawsuit is led by California and was…

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New Covered California enrollment jumps 41 percent

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State officials credit the new individual mandate to the rise in health insurance exchange use. The new Covered California enrollment figures have risen sharply since the state introduced its new individual mandate and offered residents additional subsidies on top of those already provided through the Affordable Care Act. The state implemented new rules for its residents for this year’s open enrollment period. There were 418,000 new people added to the Covered California enrollment during the 2020 open application period. That represents a tremendous increase of 41 percent over the new…

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66 percent are in support of the current American health care system

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About two thirds of people in the U.S. prefer the current system over a government-run alternative. The results of a new American health care system poll have revealed that about two thirds of people in the United States would prefer the existing system to an alternative run by the government. This data has arrived at a time in which U.S. health care has reached a peak controversial point. The research results arrived at nearly the same time as headlines were made by U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) who has thrown…

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UCLA Health Report offers data to compare for future healthcare use

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The 2016 Presidential Election brought a large shift in policy opinion and direction. Reports on the current progress due to actions of the Obama administration are likely to be used as a base of comparison in the coming years. Most notably, the progress due to affordable health insurance. Unlike car insurance or homeowners insurance, health insurance is something Americans struggle with getting for both their family and themselves. America struggles in policy creation by deciding whether to make plans affordable for mass consumption or left for those who can afford…

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ACA health insurance premiums fall for the first time

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The average amount that American pays for the most popular Obamacare plans is dropping. The average premiums paid for the most popular ACA health insurance plans have fallen for the first time. These Obamacare plans have become more affordable for the first time in six years. The average paid for these health insurance plans is dropping slightly, reversing a rising trend. Across the 39 states that use HealthCare.gov, there is an average drop in ACA health insurance premiums of 1.5 percent for 2019. This is occurring in the coverage tier…

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Mayo Clinic insurance partnership forms with Medica to create new company

InsuranceBee and Hiscox launch insurance agent partner program

The two industry giants have joined forces to offer health plans on a national scale. A new Mayo Clinic insurance venture has been announced alongside a partnership with Medica. Medica, the health insurance company based in Minnetonka, Minnesota, will come together with the health care giant to be able to sell plans throughout the United States. The two companies will work together to bring health plans to consumers across the nation. The new Mayo Clinic insurance venture with Medica will provide national plans. Policyholders will be able to access care…

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