Congressional Budget Office predicts $800 million bill for 5 years of CHIP

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The Children’s Health Insurance Program covers almost 9 million low income kids in the country. The Congressional Budget Office released a prediction from its analysts that the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will cost $800 million for a 5 year renewal. This total could help lawmakers to overcome one of the main challenges to the program’s renewal. Some states risk running out of funding for their kids’ coverage as soon as the close of this month. Prior analyst estimates suggested the cost of renewing CHIP would be closer to $8.2…

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Cancer insurance coverage rose significantly because of the Affordable Care Act

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The controversial health care law nicknamed Obamacare has made a measureable difference in reducing uninsured adults. The number of adults who have cancer insurance coverage saw a striking increase with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Following Obamacare, a much higher number of Americans who had already received a cancer diagnosis now have health plans. It is yet unknown whether or not the latest health care reforms will continue this positive trend. This cancer insurance conclusion was presented in a study published in the JAMA Oncology journal. The study…

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Graham-Cassidy health care bill may doom future GOP attempts to kill ACA

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Insurance companies, hospitals, doctors, patient groups and even John McCain have vehemently opposed the bill. The Graham-Cassidy health care bill is facing widespread opposition from many directions, including from a key member of the Republican party. Should this most recent effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) fail, it may prove to be the end of the effort. Hospitals, doctors, health insurance companies and other groups rallied together to oppose the bill. This represents an alliance of groups that are very rarely all on the same side. However, the…

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Health insurance coverage among U.S. adults drops by 2 million

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Some have interpreted these numbers as a reduction in the Affordable Care Act’s gains. New Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index figures suggest health insurance coverage rates may have fallen this year. After years of improvements in the uninsured Americans statistics following the Affordable Care Act, those figures have started to erode. The index stated that the number of uninsured Americans grew by 2 million people in 2017. The Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index was based on a survey of American adults. The survey showed an 11.7 percent uninsured rate throughout the second quarter of…

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Health insurance coverage is growing, says Census Bureau

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A new report has just been released and has showed that there continue to be fewer uninsured Americans. The Census Bureau has now released its Health Insurance Coverage in the United States for 2015 report. It revealed that last year saw greater progress in reducing the number of people who are uninsured. This maintained a trend that was recorded the year before when there was a considerable plummet in the number of people without a health plan. Last year, the rate of uninsured people fell to 9.1 percent after having…

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Health insurance coverage boosts chances for testicular cancer patients

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A recent study showed that those without health plans fare worse than those who are covered. Recent study results have joined a growing body of evidence showing that health insurance coverage is directly related to improved wellness. This also suggests that Obamacare may be improving the health of Americans. This research has shown that it is not just overall health that is benefiting but cancer patients are specifically finding help. A broad spectrum of studies have linked health care quality with insurance coverage. Reduced medical outcomes are also directly connected…

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Health insurance policies are confusing patients, say emergency physicians

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A recent American College of Emergency Physicians report said decisions are made based on misunderstandings. A new report issued by the American College of Emergency Physicians has revealed that the vast majority of patients don’t understand their health insurance policies and it is causing them to make choices based on the wrong information. The report said that a survey of ER physicians showed that 90 percent of their patients don’t understand their coverage. The concern these physicians expressed was over the fact that some insurers sell some highly affordable health…

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Data shows 87,000 people enroll for health insurance coverage in Virginia

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Consumers in Virginia are finding coverage through the state’s insurance exchange Information from the federal government shows that approximately 87,000 consumers living in Virginia have found health insurance coverage through the state’s exchange marketplace. The open enrollment period for the exchange began on November 1 of this year and will run through January 31, 2016. Once the enrollment period began, many consumers flocked to the exchange either to find new policies or acquire coverage for the first time. Many more were automatically enrolled in the exchange for having purchased coverage…

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More North Carolina businesses are offering health insurance coverage

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Employer-sponsored coverage is becoming more common, but only slightly More businesses in North Carolina have begun to offer their employees health insurance coverage, but this has only increased by a slight degree since 2010. In North Carolina, nearly half of all consumers below the age of 65 currently receive employer-sponsored insurance coverage. Since 2010, this has risen by less than 1%, while other states have seen a greater increase in employer-sponsored health insurance coverage. A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services has highlighted this issue. Number…

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Consumers without health insurance will face tax penalties next year

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Open enrollment period is coming, giving consumers a chance to purchase health insurance policies November is coming and in the United States that means that the next open enrollment for health insurance exchanges will begin. On November 1, consumers will be able to find and renew health insurance policies through these exchanges. The federal government expects that several million people will find coverage through these exchanges, but many more will forgo coverage entirely. Health insurance coverage is expected to become more expensive in 2016, with insurers raising premiums. Uninsured consumers…

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