Obama administration works to draw attention to health insurance

U.S. Health Insurance

Federal government continues to promote health insurance awareness The Affordable Care Act is inching closer to becoming fully enacted in the U.S., which has put a great deal of pressure on the federal government and its efforts to ensure that the country complies with the federal law. The Obama administration has been working to promote the potential benefits that could be seen through the law’s provisions and has attributed particular attention to health insurance exchanges that are set to begin open enrollment this year. These exchanges have been receiving a…

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Health insurance exchanges a go in 18 states

Vermont Health insurance exchanges

Sebelius announces 18 states are pursuing health insurance exchanges Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced that 18 states are planning to develop and operate their own health insurance exchanges. All states were required to submit their formal plans for an exchange program by December 14. According to Sebelius, the number of states that are building their own health insurance exchanges aligns with the predictions of the Department of Health and Human Services. Though the deadline has passed, states still have the opportunity to develop their…

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Department of Health and Human Services says that health insurance rates are too high in nine states

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced that health insurance rates in nine states are far too high to be reasonable. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has determined that these rates are excessive under the authority granted to the agency by the Affordable Care Act. The law gives federal and state insurance regulators the authority to review health insurance rate increases of 10% or higher and determine whether they are necessary. The insurance companies in these nine states will be requires to justify their rates or make changes…

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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appears on the Daily Show to talk health care reform

Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, has embarked on a nationwide tour to help promote health care reform. Her first stop was the Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Monday night. The issue of reform has been one steeped in controversy since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. Consumers are leery of the changes being made to the health care system and those coming to the insurance industry. Sebelius suggests that this may be due to misinformation or misconceptions of the reform…

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Healthcare overhaul to bring health insurance to approximately 2.5 million more young adults

A new rule in the healthcare reform has made it possible for many young Americans to maintain their coverage under their parents’ plans, which will allow an additional 2.5 million people who are 25 years old or younger to be insured. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there was an increase in the percentage of insured individuals between the ages of 19 and 25 from 64 percent in June 2010 to 73 percent in September 2010. This rise is credited to the coverage provision of the…

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Connecticut health insurance exchange board comes under fire for being unfriendly to consumers

Connecticut’s plans for a health insurance exchange have hit turbulent waters. The state, which has supported the concept of an exchange program thus far, has unveiled the remaining members that will be overseeing the exchange program. Consumer groups had held on to hope that pro-consumer individuals would be added to the group of overseers as none had been included in the previous appointments made by Governor Dannel Malloy earlier in the year. Now, however, consumer groups have voiced their opposition of the latest appointments, saying that consumer interests are not…

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Obama administration requests lower rate increase from health insurance company

The Obama administration has used a new tool from their healthcare overhaul to pressure a health insurer with intentions to increase its rates in Pennsylvania reduce the size of this hike. Department of Health and Human Services officials have announced that they feel that it was “unreasonable” for Everence Insurance Co. to plan a 12 percent increase in the rates for approximately 5,000 individuals employed by small businesses within the state. According to Kathleen Sebelius, the Health and Human Services Secretary, the intended rate increase was not adequately justified by…

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