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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Missouri falls behind in mitigate increase in health insurance rates

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State has been unable to halt the growth of health insurance premiums Missouri may be falling behind in protecting its residents from significant health insurance rate increases. In 2016, insurance policies are set to become more expensive nationwide due proposals from insurers. Typically, state regulators investigate rate increase proposals in order to determine whether or not they are needed. In Missouri, however, regulators are not tasked to investigate rate proposals. Instead, this burden falls to the federal government, which may be leaving consumers open to significant rate increases that could…

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Program to protect health insurance companies to be expanded

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Government plans to expand reinsurance program to protect insurers The Obama Administration has announced that it will be expanding a program that is designed to protect health insurance companies from high claims. The system serve as a reinsurance program, which provides insurers with the protection they need from the risks that they face. Insurers throughout the country will have the chance to pay into the program, which will partially reimburse them for insurance claims that go beyond a certain level. HHS will have the program cover the cost of claims…

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Legislation aims to expand health insurance in California

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State seeks to make insurance coverage accessible to undocumented residents New legislation in California could extend health insurance coverage to undocumented residents. The legislation is currently being considered by the California State Senate Appropriations Committee. If the legislation manages to make its way through the legislative process and becomes law, undocumented immigrants will gain access to health insurance benefits and, perhaps, subsidies that will allow them to afford the coverage that they need. This coverage would be available through the state’s insurance exchange. Estimated 1 million undocumented residents lack insurance…

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Health insurance companies being placed under guidance of HHS

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HHS guidance will ensure that companies adhere to federal law The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a guidance to health insurance companies that are in violation of one of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The provision in question involves insurers providing coverage for contraceptive care. The HHS seems to have made this move following a report released by the Kaiser Family Foundation, which showed that many insurers are not offering coverage for contraceptives as required by federal law. Some insurers are not offering…

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