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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Cosmetic surgery insurance claims way down as millions of procedures postponed

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Elective procedures have been delayed by weeks, months, or longer due to the pandemic. Cosmetic surgery insurance claims have ground to a virtual halt as elective surgeries face massive postponement waits due to the pandemic crisis. Hospitals are battling with months of backlog for surgeries to meet medical requirements. Around the world, hospitals and clinics have had to cut back on the number of routine procedures they are able to perform in order to maintain patient and staff safety, said a report in the Economist. This measure was also taken…

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Almost 27M Americans lost job-based health insurance, says Kaiser Family Foundation

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The employer sponsored coverage has been plummeting due to pandemic related layoffs. Almost 27 million people across the country may no longer have their job-based health insurance, says a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation. This report pointed to the widespread layoffs occurring as a result of the coronavirus pandemic as the cause. The report, released on Wednesday, underscored a substantial problem in medical coverage. Many of those who have lost their job-based health insurance now find themselves uninsured. That said, less than half – about 12.7 million people…

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2 in 3 Americans don’t understand health insurance options if they lose coverage

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New research shows that 68 percent don’t know what they could do if their plan wasn’t available. The majority of Americans don’t know what health insurance options are available to them in the incident that they lose their existing coverage. This is a troubling statistic as this scenario is currently an unfortunate reality for millions of Americans. Layoffs resulting from the pandemic have left many people without their employer sponsored health plans. Regardless, only just under 1 in 3 people know the options available to them. The healthinsurance.com survey determined…

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Millions of Americans are losing employer sponsored health insurance plans

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As workers across the country have been laid off, they’ve also been losing their medical coverage. Employees across the country who had been enjoying employer sponsored health insurance are suddenly finding themselves without a plan as the coronavirus causes millions of layoffs. In many states, the rates of uninsured residents are jumping from single to double digits. As though losing a job wasn’t enough as pandemic prevention efforts continue to hold in place, many Americans who had been covered through employer sponsored health insurance are losing their coverage, too. This…

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