U.S. Olympic Committee pursues reforms to pregnant athlete insurance

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The U.S.O.C. wants to change coverage rules to stop the loss of coverage due to pregnancy. The U.S. Olympic Committee has announced that it is pursuing reforms to pregnant athlete insurance regulations. At the moment, Olympic athletes typically lose their health insurance coverage as a result of pregnancy. The U.S.O.C. is moving to change that regulation to allow athletes to keep their health insurance. Last week, three senators wrote to Sarah Hirshland, CEO of the U.S.O.C. They requested that she provide details regarding her organization’s insurance program. They also stated…

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Pennsylvania takes steps to take control over its online health insurance exchange

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The state is making moves to form its own marketplace instead of relying on the federal government. Pennsylvania is taking initial steps to take over control of its own health insurance exchange. From 2014 until now, it has been participating in the federal marketplace. Pennsylvania is hoping to reduce the cost of health insurance by launching its own ACA exchange. The goal of the move to Pennsylvania’s own health insurance exchange is to reduce the cost of coverage to consumers. The idea is to make a state-based Affordable Care Act…

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Substance abuse and mental health insurance claims double in ten years

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Claims are more than twice what they were a decade ago and the increase is driven by young adults and teens. Substance abuse and mental health insurance claims have spiked over the last decade, more than doubling during that time, said a new report. Moreover, the driving force behind this staggering growth rate is young adults and teens. The report was published in May by FAIR Health, a nonprofit health care organization. The report showed that rates of anxiety and depression among Americans of all ages have been rising over…

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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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Japan’s insurance industry takes steps to stop genetic discrimination

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The Japanese industry is preparing guidelines to make sure insurers can’t collect customer DNA. The insurance industry in Japan is getting ready to create guidelines that would stop genetic discrimination by insurers in the country. They are seeking to ban health and life insurance companies from the collection or use of genetic information for purposes related to coverage eligibility or premiums calculations. Associations across the industry say they haven’t started using genetic info but the goal is to stop it. According to the Life Insurance Association of Japan, its members…

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Aging immigrants with health insurance are at a lower cardiovascular disease risk

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Even with the powerful benefits coverage has to offer, immigrants are typically underinsured. Aging immigrants have a far lower cardiovascular disease risk when they have a health plan to cover their medical needs. This is particularly true among individuals who have only recently arrived in the United States. This was the conclusion of a recent study conducted by NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing researchers. The study was published in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship. Simply having health insurance coverage plays an integral role in the risk associated with heart…

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New Mexico regulators pursue improved short term health insurance oversight

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Officials in the state want greater control over the minimum standards for these types of plan. New Mexico insurance regulators are seeking greater authority over the short term health insurance plans in the state. They are aiming to set the state’s minimum standards for these health plans, instead of using those established by the federal government. The new standards will become effective through a new bill that has passed the House of Representatives. A new short term health insurance minimum standards bill has now passed the New Mexico House of…

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