Idaho health insurance plans draw Trump administration warning

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The state has announced its intentions to allow certain medical policies that don’t comply with the ACA. The Trump administration has sent a written warning regarding Idaho health insurance plans. The state revealed its intentions to begin selling health policies that fail to meet the Affordable Care Act’s minimum requirements. The Trump administration said Idaho’s move “may not be substantially enforcing” the health care law. The letter was issued as a warning. Trump’s administration sent it to Idaho’s governor, Butch Otter (R). The letter was also sent to the Idaho…

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CVS Health called “insane” for attempting to step into insurance industry

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Wall Street Analysts are baffled by the pharmacy and drug store chain’s potential Aetna purchase. CVS Health revealed its intentions to purchase nationwide insurance provider, Aetna. This would represent the company’s first steps into the health insurance industry. At the same time, it has Wall Street analysts puzzled over the decision. This entry into health insurance within the current atmosphere has analysts completely confused. Jeffries health care desk analyst, Jared Holz, called the CVS Health decision “insane.” Moreover, he also said that this move to acquire Aetna has arrived much…

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Massachusetts aims to overhaul its health insurance program, MassHealth

State introduces plans to make changes to its troubled insurance program Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, along with other officials, has drafted new plans to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program, called MassHealth. This will be the largest overhaul that the program has seen in the past 20 years, marking a significant shift in the health insurance space and potentially ensuring that more consumers will have access to the coverage that they need. MassHealth currently provides coverage to some 1.8 million low-income people throughout the states and represents that majority of the…

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$32 million in funding coming to the Children’s Health Insurance Program

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Federal agency announced more funding for CHIP to ensure children have the coverage they need The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced that it will be providing $32 million in funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The program has been lacking funding in recent years, which has raised concerns that many children may lose the insurance coverage that they are using currently. The program was established nearly 20 years ago as a way to ensure that children of low-income families would be able to receive the…

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Idaho health insurance exchange is struggling to serve consumers

Your Health Idaho issues bulletin to agents to help resolve one issue consumers are experiencing Your Health Idaho, the state’s health insurance exchange, has issued a bulletin to insurance agents. The bulletin is meant to help agents better serve customers, providing them with information on what to do if people cannot get treatment for life threatening illnesses because they are unable to use their coverage. According to the bulletin, agents should include the term “medical urgent” in the subject line of emails being sent to the exchange. Since the bulletin…

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Many consumers lack an understanding of health insurance terms

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New study highlights the education problem that pervades the insurance sector Health insurance in the United States has evolved since the Affordable Care Act and many consumers may still be unaware of how marketplaces have changed. A new study from the Episcopal Health Foundation and the Rice University Baker Institute for Public Policy shows that many people still do not understand certain insurance terms. This lack of understanding is highest among those who have purchased coverage through state insurance exchanges. Some 1.3 million people have acquired coverage, but nearly half…

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Health insurance premiums are on the rise in Australia

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Large insurers are raising rates by a significant margin Several of Australia’s largest health insurance providers, including Medibank Private Limited and NIB, will be increasing premiums in the coming days. These insurers have been raising premiums annually for the past few years, which has placed many consumers under greater financial pressure. Some of the country’s insurers have also been accused of offering “junk” policies, which offer consumers very limited coverage. With higher premiums and the abundance of these junk policies, many consumers may opt to go without health insurance coverage…

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Taxpayers to commit $660 billion for health insurance subsidies in the US

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Subsidies to help cover the cost of coverage for those over the age of 65 are growing This year, taxpayers in the United States will commit more than $660 billion to help subsidize health insurance coverage for those over the age of 65, according to the. The federal agency has released one of its most comprehensive reports concerning the cost of subsidized insurance coverage, highlighting the potential these subsidies have to reduce the national deficit. According to the report, the 2016 tax bill accounts for 3.6% of the country’s gross…

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Friendsurance raises funding to support its innovative take on health insurance

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Friendsurance raises $15.3 million in latest round of funding led by Horizon Ventures A unique type of health insurance company has emerged to raise a significant amount of funding to aid its expansion. Friendsurance, a peer-to-peer insurance company, has announced that it has raised $15.3 million in funding, led by Horizon Ventures. The insurer aims to change the way people look at insurance coverage and how they acquire this coverage and handle premiums. The company may be able to change the way that insurance works in the future through its…

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Australian companies accused of selling “junk” health insurance policies

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Consumer advocacy group Choice calls out private insurance providers in Australia Three of Australia’s largest private health insurance companies have been named by Choice, a consumer advocacy group, for offering what it calls “junk” policies. According to Choice, these policies are expensive, but provide relatively little benefits when compared to what can be obtained through Australia’s Medicare system. Policies obtained through this system are less expensive and may be a better option for consumers that need insurance coverage. Junk policies provide less than 1% coverage for several medical services Among…

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