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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Iowa’s stopgap health insurance plan is illegal, say critics

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Opponents to the state commissioner’s plan say it would excessively burden moderate income Iowans. Iowa has been considering a stopgap health insurance proposal to help the state to prop up its shaky coverage market. However, critics are saying that this strategy would violate federal law. The reason is that they claim it would force moderate income Iowans to have to spend far more for coverage. In fact, opponents say those state residents could be forced to pay thousands more every year if the stopgap health insurance strategy was to move…

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Medicaid insurance plans receive federal standards makeover

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The Obama administration has now established a new set of standards for these private coverage plans. The primary source of coverage for millions of Americans, Medicaid insurance plans, are undergoing a significant change as the Obama administration has now laid out a fresh set of standards to which these policies must adhere. The new rules have been designed to address insurance companies that serve Medicaid customers. There are 39 states in which insurance companies are serving as a kind of middleman in order to make sure that customers have coverage.…

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Aetna steps out of America’s Health Insurance Plan

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The third largest and powerful healthcare plan provider in the country has stepped out of the group. The third largest medical insurer in the United States has now announced that it will be quitting America’s Health Insurance Plan, which is the powerful lobbying group in the industry that has been standing behind Obamacare. This is the second large health insurance company to leave the group, following the departure of UnitedHealthCare. Back in June, UnitedHealthCare announced that it was to be the first insurer to leave America’s Health Insurance Plan (AHIP).…

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Tennessee health insurance enrollments have broken records

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Many residents of the state are finding it easier and more convenient to enroll, regardless of their opinion of their plans. Residents of Tennessee have enrolled in the health insurance exchange in the state in record numbers, in order to comply with the requirements of the Affordable Care Act and in order to have done so by the first open enrollment deadline, which was on Tuesday. By December 5, there had already been 88,007 people in Tennessee who had signed up for health plans. Comparatively, by December 15, 2014 –…

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Tennessee health insurance co-op faces complaints from consumers

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Tennessee consumers are having problems with the state’s health insurance co-op, Community Health Alliance Tennessee’s Community Health Alliance, a health insurance co-op operating in the state, has become the subject of complaints being issued to the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance. Now, the state agency is looking to hear from more people that may have had problems with the co-op in an effort to determine how outstanding problems can be resolved. At the end of the year, the co-op is expected to shut down, which will leave some 27,000…

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