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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Not every health insurance exchange deadline has passed

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Last Friday was the official deadline for ACA enrollment but some states have issued extensions. Americans rushed to their state health insurance exchange to beat the enrollment deadline last Friday. That said, the Trump administration and some state exchanges have announced an extension of the deadline for certain individuals. This makes it possible for more Americans to obtain the coverage they need in time for the start of 2018. When Americans phoned the HealthCare.gov service center as of Saturday morning, they were greeted by a recorded message meant to assuage…

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CHIP expiration places health insurance of millions of children at risk

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

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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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Can a pharmacy drug benefits company play a role in beating the opioid crisis?

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A major U.S. pharmacy benefit manager placed a limit on pain pills in the hopes of reducing the risk of their abuse. Express Scripts, the largest pharmacy drug benefits manager in the United States, created a new program to limit prescriptions for new opioid patients. This program will launch across the entire country as of September 1, 2017. The opioid drug limitations will target new patients and will not apply to cancer patients or those in hospice care. According to Express Scripts, the time has come to take a bold…

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Abortion insurance coverage limits passed in Texas House

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Women in the state will need to pay an additional health plan premium to include non-emergency abortions. Texas abortion insurance coverage will soon involve an additional health plan premium for women who want this added protection. The Texas House recently passed a new bill. It would mean that non-emergency abortions, what opposition are referring to as “rape insurance” will require women to pay more. House Bill 214 received early approval in Texas making it more likely that women will need to pay more for elective abortions. The additional abortion insurance…

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Health insurance coverage among U.S. adults drops by 2 million

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Some have interpreted these numbers as a reduction in the Affordable Care Act’s gains. New Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index figures suggest health insurance coverage rates may have fallen this year. After years of improvements in the uninsured Americans statistics following the Affordable Care Act, those figures have started to erode. The index stated that the number of uninsured Americans grew by 2 million people in 2017. The Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index was based on a survey of American adults. The survey showed an 11.7 percent uninsured rate throughout the second quarter of…

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Kentucky insurance exchange offers only one option for many health plan shoppers

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Residents of several of the state’s counties will have only one coverage option to choose next year. The Kentucky insurance exchange will continue to have health plan options for consumers across the state. That said, residents of some counties will have only one coverage option to buy. The recently released county level map of the state illustrated the 2018 health insurance company participation. That said, despite the fact that some people have exceptionally limited options on the Kentucky insurance exchange, they are considering themselves lucky when compared to counties in…

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