Health insurance plan coverage for 5 million Californians at risk

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Legal experts indicate that the ACA is likely to survive but a ruling may not occur until spring 2021. If the US Supreme Court decides to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health insurance plan coverage among Californians could face the biggest risk in the country. Millions of people across the state rely on billions in federal funds to afford their policies. The state has implemented a spectrum of forms of health insurance plan coverage and programs since Obamacare went into place. These include initiatives that expand well beyond the…

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Health insurance plan enrollment has shifted due to the pandemic

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As is the case with everything else, signing up for coverage has been impacted by COVID-19. As has been the trend with virtually everything in 2020, health insurance plan enrollment has been impacted by the presence of the pandemic. The coverage and benefits have altered due to the impact of the pandemic on health care. As insurers, employers, and even Medicare have seen the needs of policyholders change throughout the pandemic, they have made changes to coverage in an effort to better respond COVID-19. Consumers are also taking a closer…

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Employer sponsored health insurance costs are up 4 percent this year

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The Kaiser Family Foundation data also showed that they have risen by 55 percent in 10 years. Employer sponsored health insurance costs have been rising steadily for Americans, having increased by 4 percent to $21,342 this year, according to a recently published Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) study. The annual KFF survey found that workers are paying almost $5,600 for their coverage this year. KFF’s annual survey determined that American workers are paying almost $5,600 int their employer sponsored health insurance for family coverage. In 2010, that figure had been closer…

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Stage actors face lost health insurance while already dealing with unemployment

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The fund covering thousands of performers requires a minimum number of weeks worked. Following the theater industry lockdown, stage actors who are already struggling with unemployment are now facing lost health insurance. The fund that provides them with medical coverage requires them to work a minimum number of weeks in order to qualify. Professional actors and stage managers must work 11 weeks to qualify for six months of coverage. Since the theater industry is shutdown, stage actors and managers cannot work in that industry at all, making it very difficult…

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Nearly all nonprofit health insurance co-ops are shutting down

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Of the approximately two dozen that existed during the first few years of ACA, only 3 will soon remain. In the early days of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there were about two dozen nonprofit healthy insurance co-ops. However, now that New Mexico Health Connections announced it will be shutting down at the close of 2020, that number will fall to only 3. Among the three remaining, one is in Maine, one is in Wisconsin and one is in Idaho and Montana. That last of the nonprofit health insurance co-ops…

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More time available to COBRA insurance applicants

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New rules give furloughed and laid-off workers considerably more time to decide on coverage. Americans who have been laid off or furloughed from their jobs now have more time to decide if they want to sign up for COBRA insurance. A recent federal rule is giving people more time to choose whether they want to keep their health insurance. COBRA insurance law usually grants people 60 days after having been furloughed or laid off to decide if they want to keep their employer-sponsored health plan. However, a new federal rule…

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Telehealth insurance claims from private policies up by 4,347 percent

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This trend was led by the Northeastern US, where the increased reached a much higher 15,303 percent. The latest FAIR Health report recorded a striking increase in the number of telehealth insurance claims in the United States, which rose by 4,347 percent compared to last year. This dramatic trend is directly linked with the coronavirus pandemic precautions since March. The leading reason that people filed telehealth insurance claims was for mental health conditions. The next most common reason for using these services was for respiratory diseases and infections, then joint/soft…

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