Maryland to let residents complete health insurance enrollment on tax forms

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Governor Larry Hogan signed the first measure in the country to provide this opportunity. Maryland has become the first state in the country to make it possible for residents to complete a health insurance enrollment at the same time that they file their taxes. The governor signed the bill on Monday, making it possible for tax forms to double as insurance applications. The new bill lets residents use their tax forms for the opportunity to complete their health insurance enrollment as well. When Governor Hogan signed the bill, it made…

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pays less for health insurance now than as a waitress

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The youngest congresswoman in US history says she paid far more for coverage as a server. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become the youngest woman to ever be elected to Congress. A year ago, she had been working as a waitress. At that time, she says she was paying twice as much for health insurance as she is as a congresswoman. Ocasio-Cortez now represents New York’s 14th district in Congress. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been transparent about the transition she has experienced over the last few months. For instance, she has live…

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More kids don’t have Utah health insurance in significant trend shift

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The number of uninsured children in the state spiked 20 percent over the last year. Utah health insurance is covered one fifth fewer children last year than it did the year before. This spike of 20 percent in uninsured kids is a part of a nationwide reversal of the improvements seen over previous years, says a new report. Kids had been seeing an increase in their health insurance coverage every year for nearly a decade. That positive coverage trend has now changed directions when it comes to Utah health insurance…

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Number of people with California health insurance to fall over next half decade

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The falling uninsured rates trend in the state is expected to make a U-turn due to ACA changes. Up to 800,000 fewer people will have a California health insurance plan in 2023, according to recent research estimates. Changes made to the Affordable Care Act have reduced the incentive to purchase coverage. This will reverse an improvement trend in coverage rates that has extended over many years. The Affordable Care Act had been steadily reducing the number of uninsured Californians. Recent changes to official policy would remove the Affordable Care Act’s…

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Covered California health insurance exchange open enrollment begins

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This week marked the start of the registration period for people to buy health plans for 2019. Covered California has opened its doors for selling health insurance to state residents who don’t receive benefits through the government or their employers. The insurance exchange is now selling plans for 2019 coverage. The state-run insurance marketplace gives Californians up until December 15 to enroll. Consumers who purchase their plans through Covered California by December 15 will have their coverage in place as of January 1, 2019. That said, there is a second…

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Individual mandate repeal causes health insurance gap in many states

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Several states are now scrambling to come up with a way to make coverage more affordable. After the individual mandate penalties were removed for failing to purchase coverage, a health insurance gap has formed in many states across the country. This has left some states struggling to make their health care affordable. As people drop their coverage health care in the states will become increasingly expensive. The only state in the country that required coverage after last year’s dismantling of the Affordable Care Act was Massachusetts. Increasingly unfavorable markets caused…

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Health insurance plan coverage reaching all but 7 percent of Californians

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A new nationwide study conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics examined uninsured rates. Nearly 29 million Americans across the country currently lack a health insurance plan. This is a considerable reduction in the uninsured rate. In 2010, almost 49 million Americans didn’t have health insurance coverage. Californians are faring even better than the rest of the country in terms of their coverage rates. That said, on the other end of the spectrum, Texans are the Americans least likely to have a health insurance plan. In that state, 20…

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