Autism insurance coverage likely to be supported in Utah bill

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Senate Bill 95 aims to require certain plans in the state to provide coverage for behavioral treatments. Senator Curt Bramble (R-Provo) proposed SB95 last week with the intention of making autism insurance coverage mandatory on certain health benefit plans. The coverage would not be required for all health plans and would only pay for certain treatments. The autism insurance coverage proposed in the bill is for behavioral treatment for people on spectrum. It would involve covering these treatments regardless of which autism spectrum disorder they have, what their age is,…

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Health insurance trends may be driving opioid epidemic

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A recent Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Study measured this effect. Health insurance trends toward greater popularity of coverage may be pushing along the opioid epidemic. The reason, according to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study, the reason is that the majority of private insurers as well as Medicare and Medicaid aren’t doing enough to stop it. The study examined coverage policies from major health insurance companies in 2017. The researchers looked into what the policies offered in terms of coverage for treating chronic lower…

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Strong health insurance registrations surprise ACA opponents and supporters, too

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Despite the president’s claims that Obamacare was repealed, the health care law saw its strongest results. Not twenty four hours after President Donald Trump said the Affordable Care Act “has been repealed,” health insurance registrations data showed the strongest year. Officials reported that 8.8 million Americans enrolled in health plans on the federal insurance exchange to cover them next year. Those numbers don’t yet include the data from insurance exchanges run by individual states. The 2018 health insurance registrations on HealthCare.gov were strong enough that they nearly achieved the 2017…

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Today is the health insurance deadline for enrolling millions of Americans

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The federal government’s shorter end to the open enrollment period cuts off registrations for 2018 today. Americans across the country are being reminded that if they want to enroll before the health insurance deadline for 2018 coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), they need to register today. Officials and ACA supporters are reminding people that if they want a health plan, they must enroll by tonight. State insurance departments are encouraging Americans to act with haste if they don’t want to miss the health insurance deadline for enrolling in…

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Colorado health insurance registrations up 29 percent over last year’s enrollment

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State residents are steadily continuing to sign up for their coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Colorado health insurance enrollment is performing considerably better than it was at this time in 2016. Despite a temporary slow down near the end of November, the Affordable Care Act in the state is still seeing far more registrations than had been the case last year. Even with the slowing, the enrollment pace is still significantly faster than was seen in 2016. According to Colorado health insurance data from November, almost 44,000 state residents…

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State insurance regulators start approving rate hikes to cover Trump’s slashed subsidies

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Officials in Maryland have already given their approval to the last minute increases, but others are following. Insurance regulators in many states are starting to look into last minute health plan rate increases to compensate for the elimination of Affordable Care Act subsidies. Michigan officials have warned that they are already looking into the increases that they are likely to approve. At the same time, Maryland insurance regulators have already given their approval to the rate hikes. These increases are a direct response to President Trump’s executive order that eliminated…

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Health insurance exchanges have at least one offering in every U.S. county

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The Affordable Care Act was previously threatened by possible bare patches in plan availability. Earlier in 2017, it appeared as though the health insurance exchanges in several states would suffer bare counties in the 2018 open enrollment period. That said, the situation has turned around and every county continues to have a minimum of one option available. Though President Trump had claimed that the insurance marketplaces were failing, they appear to be healing. President Trump had been pointing to the problem of counties without plans available through the health insurance…

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