Health insurance plan enrollment has shifted due to the pandemic

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As is the case with everything else, signing up for coverage has been impacted by COVID-19. As has been the trend with virtually everything in 2020, health insurance plan enrollment has been impacted by the presence of the pandemic. The coverage and benefits have altered due to the impact of the pandemic on health care. As insurers, employers, and even Medicare have seen the needs of policyholders change throughout the pandemic, they have made changes to coverage in an effort to better respond COVID-19. Consumers are also taking a closer…

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Six states and DC sue Trump administration over abortion insurance coverage mandate

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Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser called the separate billing policy an administrative nightmare. Six states and the District of Columbia have sued the Trump administration over an abortion insurance coverage billing mandate. This regulation requires insurers to submit a second, separate invoice for reproductive health care. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) policy became effective last Tuesday. The new HHS mandate applies to states that permit insurers on their individual exchanges to sell reproductive health and abortion insurance coverage. The lawsuit is led by California and was…

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Iowa employers to pay more for health insurance rate increases, but won’t stop

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Companies may be paying a great deal more, but they are still offering these benefits to their workers. Iowa employers who offer medical coverage as a part of their employee benefits will be facing far higher health insurance rate increases. That said, those companies are not dropping the benefit and are continuing to cover their teams of workers. The average Iowan employer will see health insurance benefits premiums rising by 8.4 percent. This figure was compiled by a survey conducted by consultant David P. Lind. They found that employers with…

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Health insurance coverage could increase ER visits

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A study has suggested that those who are newly insured may start visiting emergency rooms more often. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist has indicated that previous predictions that the reduction in the cost of heading to the ER through a rise in health insurance coverage rates would cause the number of visits to increase, have not lost their relevance. Research has now indicated that the newly insured among the poor are more likely to head to the ER. The research was conducted in the Boston area and offered evidence…

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Nevada health insurance exchange fees approved by state board

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Nevada health insurance exchange policies will have fee attached Nevada has been working to develop its own health insurance exchange in recent months. Late last year, the state announced that it would be building its own exchange program. Many of the details have yet to be worked out, but state officials have made some headway concerning the Nevada health insurance exchange this week. The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange board, which was formed to help formulate the governance of the state’s exchange program, has approved fees that will be associated…

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Utah health insurance exchange moves forward under state control

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Utah health insurance exchange to be run by the state Utah will move ahead with its own health insurance exchange, according to an announcement made late last week by Governor Gary Herbert. The Utah health insurance exchange will be developed, built, and operated by the state itself, rather than the federal government. State officials are drafting plans for the exchange in the hopes that it will comply with federal standards. Some lawmakers are unclear as to what those standards are, however, because of the lack of guidance coming from the…

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New Jersey health insurance exchange off the table

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New Jersey health insurance exchange slammed with veto from Governor Christie Plans for a New Jersey health insurance exchange are off the table due to a veto from Governor Chris Christie. The Governor has become the latest in a long line of state officials that have rebuked the concept of a health insurance exchange in their representative states. The recent veto marks the second time this year that Governor Christie has nixed legislation concerning the New Jersey health insurance exchange. The Governor claims that the federal health care law introduced…

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