Nearly 9 out of 10 US consumers blame surprise healthcare costs on insurance companies

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Recent survey results show 86 percent of consumers blame their insurers for unexpected bills. Most insurance beneficiaries place the blame of surprise healthcare costs directly on their insurance companies. This, according to the findings in a newly published consumer survey. The report suggested that health insurance companies need to boost their education and communication. As 86 percent of consumers feel that surprise healthcare costs are their insurance company’s fault, there survey results show a disconnect between policyholders and their insurers. The survey was conducted by NORC at the University of…

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A new Amazon health insurance comparison site is in the works

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The online retail giant is in discussions with European insurers for a U.K. price comparison website. Amazon.com Inc. has entered into discussions with E.U. insurers in the hopes of forming an Amazon health insurance price comparison site for the United Kingdom. This new site is in its earliest planning stages and official details have yet to be released. A Reuters and Fortune report pointed to an Amazon health insurance price comparison website for consumers in the U.K. That said, neither stated whether or not there are any intentions to actually…

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Individual mandate repeal causes health insurance gap in many states

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Several states are now scrambling to come up with a way to make coverage more affordable. After the individual mandate penalties were removed for failing to purchase coverage, a health insurance gap has formed in many states across the country. This has left some states struggling to make their health care affordable. As people drop their coverage health care in the states will become increasingly expensive. The only state in the country that required coverage after last year’s dismantling of the Affordable Care Act was Massachusetts. Increasingly unfavorable markets caused…

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Ohio health insurance companies release recommendations to fight opioid abuse crisis

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Eight of the largest insurers in the state issued fifteen recommendations to combat the epidemic. Eight of Ohio’s largest health insurance companies have issued a list of 15 recommendations to fight the opioid abuse crisis. The misuse of these serious drugs has reached epidemic proportions within Ohio and many other states. The insurance companies have attempted to find areas where reasonable action is possible in combating the opioid abuse crisis. Among the recommendations are efforts to identify pregnant addicts to make certain they obtain the treatment they need. That said,…

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Health insurance exchanges have at least one offering in every U.S. county

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The Affordable Care Act was previously threatened by possible bare patches in plan availability. Earlier in 2017, it appeared as though the health insurance exchanges in several states would suffer bare counties in the 2018 open enrollment period. That said, the situation has turned around and every county continues to have a minimum of one option available. Though President Trump had claimed that the insurance marketplaces were failing, they appear to be healing. President Trump had been pointing to the problem of counties without plans available through the health insurance…

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Four health insurance companies violated mental health coverage law

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The state of Oregon has accused four insurers in failing to cover certain treatments including one for autism. The state of Oregon is currently calculating potential fines for four health insurance companies that failed to comply with the law for covering certain mental health treatments, including one for autism. State law requires insurance companies to provide mental and physical coverage in a similar way. The regulation in Oregon states that health insurance companies “cannot categorically deny coverage,” for mental health care and therapies, such as for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA),…

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Will Trump health care system lower your premiums?

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Despite the intention to sell health insurance across state lines, many don’t forecast dropping rates. President Donald Trump spoke before Congress for the first time and reaffirmed his intention for a new Trump health care system. Among the primary changes to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) would be the ability for health insurance companies to sell policies across state lines. That said, many analysts are doubtful that this change to the law will reduce health insurance premiums. The actual details of a future Trump health care reform still have yet…

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