Health insurance in Pennsylvania becomes more child-friendly

Children’s Health Insurance Program

New law targets Children’s Health Insurance Program Health insurance for children in Pennsylvania has won a victory thanks to a new bill signed by Governor Tom Corbett. The bill has to do with the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides insurance coverage to more than 188,000 children currently enrolled in the program. The program is nearly two decades old and has often been criticized for being inaccessible to those that need it most. The new bill signed by Governor Corbett aims to resolve some of the issues that the…

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Health insurance challenging for children of same sex couples

Same Sex Couples health insurance

The kids of families with parents of the same sex are not as likely to have private coverage as those of opposite-sex couples. According to the results of a recent data analysis, the children of families with same sex parents don’t have the same likelihood of having private health insurance as the children of parents of the opposite sex. The analysis looked into the penetration of coverage among children of various couple dynamics. The analysis was conducted by Gilbert Gonzales, MHA, and Lynn A. Blewett, PhD, from the State health…

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Health insurance hits major milestone with US children

Children’s Health Insurance Program

Record number of children covered by health insurance A record number of children in the U.S. received health insurance coverage in 2011, according to research from the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire. Researchers note that these children did not receive their health insurance coverage from private companies. Rather, they received their coverage from public services. The research suggests that this is due to the new government policies that have been introduced into the health care sector that has made coverage more available to a wider range of…

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U.S. states share a $296.5 million bonus for coverage of children without health insurance

Twenty-three states will be receiving their part of a total $296.5 million bonus for their accomplishments in assisting low-income families to take part in public health programs that provide their children with coverage. The payments are designed to give these states a reward for having streamlined their Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program eligibility. The goal is to increase the coverage of children who are 19 years old or younger and who live in households of four family members with an annual income of up to $45,000. That said, some…

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Research shows decrease in number of children without health insurance

The economy has placed a growing number of children into homes below the poverty line, but a recent study has shown that over the last three years, the number of children who are uninsured in terms of health coverage has actually dropped by 1 million. The study was performed by Georgetown University, which just released the results. Several states have widened and/or simplified their eligibility for the Medicaid program for children. That, alone, was responsible for providing 1 million uninsured children with coverage in 2008, decreasing the number from 6.9…

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Insurance tips for the start of the new school year

As the time grows nearer to the start of the new school year, it is important to look over your insurance needs and consider whether or not they are being met by your current coverage, as there are many issues that can alter your protection requirements at this time. A child’s grade level change, a newly licensed teen, or having a family member who is a college freshmen can each impact the type of insurance you need for auto, health, and homeownership. First, have a look at your auto insurance.…

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Recession spurs rate of insured children in the U.S., many more eligible for public plans

More children are receiving health insurance through public programs, according to a study from the University of New Hampshire. The economic recession took an unprecedented toll on society, driving many into the arms of unemployment. Unable to cover their children with health care benefits obtained through their jobs, parents have turned to government-sponsored programs to meet these needs. These private plans are providing much needed care for families struggling with a flagging economy. A team of researchers studied data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Their study reveals that the…

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