CHIP expiration places health insurance of millions of children at risk

CHIP Health Insurance for Children

The program currently covers the kids of almost 9 million low income American families. Kids covered by CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, could potentially lose their plans if it is not reauthorized in time. The program was designed to offer low income families with the opportunity to cover their kids inexpensively. For many families, this health insurance program is the only means of covering medical care. CHIP provides kids with coverage for pediatric visits from annual checkups to ear infections, and from surgeries to radiation and chemotherapy. For many…

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ACA health insurance enrollments growth already outpacing last year

ACA health insurance registrations exchange

There are already 600,000 people who have signed up for their plans through the official marketplaces. According to a recent reports on the latest ACA health insurance enrollments, registrations are up and look very promising. In fact, more than half a million people have already enrolled, 23 percent of whom are new to the insurance exchanges. Despite President Trump’s claims that the Affordable Care Act marketplace was collapsing, it’s growing. “More than 600,000 people signed up last week for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, significantly beating the pace…

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Health insurance exchanges start fifth annual open enrollment period under ACA

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The Affordable Care Act is moving forward with its marketplaces despite repeated efforts by Republicans. The last year has represented a consistent Republican effort to stop the health insurance exchanges from moving forward in the form they initially took through the Affordable Care Act. That said, despite the GOP’s attempts, the marketplaces have opened their doors for their fifth annual open enrollment season. The 45 day long window to purchase health insurance opened on Wednesday morning with the start of November. Now, eligible Americans across the country will be using…

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

CVS Health insurance

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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Cancer insurance coverage rose significantly because of the Affordable Care Act

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The controversial health care law nicknamed Obamacare has made a measureable difference in reducing uninsured adults. The number of adults who have cancer insurance coverage saw a striking increase with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Following Obamacare, a much higher number of Americans who had already received a cancer diagnosis now have health plans. It is yet unknown whether or not the latest health care reforms will continue this positive trend. This cancer insurance conclusion was presented in a study published in the JAMA Oncology journal. The study…

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Health insurance disclosure is required on tax returns to avoid I.R.S. rejection

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The Internal Revenue Service announced its intentions to step up the enforcement of the ACA tax penalty. Even as President Trump works to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the I.R.S. has taken steps to enforce health insurance disclosure on tax filings. The Internal Revenue Service revealed new regulations that will automatically reject digital filings in which insured status is not revealed. This latest announcement reveals an intention to strengthen components of former President Obama’s health care law. The Affordable Care Act already requires health insurance disclosure when taxes are filed.…

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Breast cancer risk of death greater among black Americans due to uninsured rates

black woman breast cancer risk

This demographic has less coverage than the average woman in the United States, threatening their health. Results of a newly released study show that black woman have a greater chance of death due to their breast cancer risk as they are less likely to have adequate health insurance coverage. The report on the study was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Before women were routinely screened and effectively treated for breast cancer, black and white women suffered the same risk. Before the early 1980s, neither systems of diagnoses nor…

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GOP opposition to ACA subsidies suspends bipartisan health care agreement

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Just after bipartisan senators released an eleventh hour effort to save medical coverage, it ground to a halt. A bipartisan effort to rescue the American health care system following President Donald Trump’s annihilation of the ACA subsidies has stalled. Though the agreement had been underway, hours later, it was suspended as the president sent mixed signals and Republicans either opposed it or failed to endorse it. The agreement was created due to a sense of urgency to recover after key payments to insurance companies were withdrawn. As President Trump was…

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Trump says health insurance executive order will offer “great, great” coverage

donald trump health insurance executive order

The President has promised Americans that their options will improve once he reduces policy restrictions. President Donald Trump says that once his health insurance executive order is signed, Americans will see more plan options. The order is designed to reduce restrictions for policy buying across state lines. The executive order will be signed likely this week, said Trump when speaking from the Oval Office. The specific details of the health insurance executive order have not yet been released. Trump said it was “very simple in one way, but intricate in…

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ACA birth control insurance requirement undermined by Trump administration

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The White House has cut into regulations under the Affordable Care Act that employers cover certain women’s contraception. Right before the weekend, President Donald Trump’s administration cut into the Affordable Care Act’s requirements for birth control insurance from employer sponsored health plans. This step was taken as a follow-through with a promise Trump had made to his conservative Christian supporters during his campaign. The new rules will allow companies and nonprofits to register moral objections in order to receive an exemption. The updated birth control insurance regulations were issued by…

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