Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigns following spending criticism

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Huge pressure regarding massive spending on chartered flights causes Price to step down. Tom Price, Health and Human Services Secretary, has now resigned under massive pressure due to his high travel bills. Price accumulated at least $400,000 in travel expenses – primarily from chartered flights – which was in direct opposition to the Trump administration’s promise to “drain the swamp.” President Trump has been promising to reduce the corrupt and entitled capital in the government. Price had already been facing trouble from Trump for having been unsuccessful as Health and…

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12.7 million people enroll for health insurance coverage in the US

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HHS reports that more people signed up for insurance coverage in 2016 than they did in 2015 The Department of Health and Human Services has released data showing that 12.7 million people throughout the United States have enrolled for health insurance coverage through exchanges for 2016 coverage. Enrollment numbers surged during the last hours of the open enrollment period as consumers scrambled to acquire the health insurance policies they need to avoid a federal penalty. The open enrollment period seems to have been a success, ensuring that more people than…

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Texas sees an increase in those enrolling in health insurance exchange

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HHS finds that 56,000 people have enrolled in federal insurance exchange last week The number of Texas residents enrolling for health insurance coverage through the state’s exchange has grown last week. The Department of Health and Human Services recently released a report showing that some 56,000 people have enrolled for coverage in Texas through HealthCare.gov as of last week, bringing the total number of Texans signing up with the exchange to approximately 1.1 million. Despite the growth, enrollment in Texas has lagged behind that being seen in other states. Many…

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HHS announces that 8.2 million people have acquired health insurance during open enrollment period

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HHS data shows that millions of consumers have acquired coverage through HealthCare.gov The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced that as many as 8.2 million people have signed up for health insurance coverage through HealthCare.gov. Of these, 2.1 million were below the age of 35, which has become one of the most sought after demographics for the insurance industry. This is significantly higher than the estimated 6.4 million people who used HealthCare.gov during last year’s open enrollment period. Majority of consumers receive coverage through federal exchanges…

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50,000 Kansas residents sign up for health insurance coverage through exchange

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HHS shows that thousands of consumers have managed to find coverage through federal insurance exchange The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has reported that some 50,000 Kansas residents have signed up for health insurance coverage through the state’s exchange as of December 12. The state’s exchange is managed by the federal government, as are most exchanges operating in the United States. Consumers can access the exchange through HealthCare.gov, which was recently revamped to provide better service to consumers that need to purchase insurance coverage. Open enrollment is set…

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Nevada residents are slow to embrace state’s health insurance exchange

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HHS data shows that enrollment in insurance exchange is sluggish this year Those living in Nevada have been slow to sign up for coverage through the state’s health insurance exchange. A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services has found that relatively few people have purchased coverage through the state’s exchange, called Nevada Health Link. Enrollment numbers were quite low during the first month of the open enrollment period, which began on November 1. Overall, enrollment throughout the country has been sluggish. Approximately 23,000 consumers have enrolled…

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Montana residents save $1.5 million by shopping around for health insurance policies

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HHS report shows that consumers are saving money by shopping around for coverage Many residents of Montana have saved money by shopping around for health insurance coverage, according to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services. The federal agency recently urged consumers throughout the country to shop around for coverage. The agency suggested that many consumers may be paying too much for their insurance coverage, largely because they are unwilling to shop around and consider new options. In Montana, many consumers took this urging to heart,…

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Health insurance premiums are on the rise for policies sold through federal exchanges

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HHS releases information showing premiums are growing throughout the country Premiums for several popular health insurance plans sold through HealthCare.gov will be going up in 2016. The Department of Health and Human Services has released a “snapshot” of the plans that will be available through the federal exchange gateway, showing that rates are on the rise. On average, rates for the exchange’s most popular plans will be going up by 7.5%, though premiums for some plans will be going up by a larger margin. Some states will see more modest…

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Estimated 10 million people expected to enroll in health insurance exchanges by the end of the year

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HHS predicts that many more people will enroll in state-based insurance exchanges by the end of this year The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services expects that some 10 million people will enroll for health insurance coverage through state-based exchanges by the end of this year. More than one-quarter of those without insurance in the country are expected to sign up for policies that suit their needs during the upcoming open enrollment period. The enrollment period is scheduled to begin on November 1, running through January 31, 2016. 8.8…

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US health insurance co-ops are struggling

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HHS audit finds that insurance co-ops are failing to generate profit The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently conducted an audit of 23 health insurance co-ops in the United States and found that the majority are struggling financially. These insurance co-ops were established by the Affordable Care Act to serve as non-profit alternatives to exchanges. The co-ops are operated by the federal government and provide consumers with a way to find relatively inexpensive insurance policies that may not be available through other markets. All but one co-op has…

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