Health insurance exchange in Idaho boasts of high enrollment numbers

Idaho health insurance

Idaho is ranked fourth in terms of enrollment in insurance exchange Idaho’s health insurance exchange has proven to be successful. The exchange is ranked fourth in the nation in the number of people enrolled per capita. Many people living in the state have managed to find the health insurance coverage they need through the exchange. A significant portion of these people are receiving subsidies from the federal government, which help them afford the coverage that they have purchased through the state’s exchange, called Your Health Idaho. Exchange manages to find…

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Maine legislators set sights on health insurance issues

Maine Health Insurance

Network coverage problems attract the attention of state lawmakers Maine lawmakers are beginning to look into an issue involving insurance companies and network coverage. Insurers typically have a network of hospitals and health care providers that are approved for coverage under the policies they provide to consumers. This is meant to form a symbiotic relationship between insurers and hospitals, but it can also be somewhat problematic for consumers, especially when network changes are made and the doctors they have been visiting for years are no longer a part of a…

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Maine officials work to raise awareness of health insurance opportunities

Maine Health Insurance

Maine residents may lack access to guidance Guidance concerning health insurance has been difficult for some to attain in Maine since the launch of the state’s insurance exchange in October. Nearly a dozen of the state’s largest communities are located more than 15 miles from navigators that can provide assistance to those interested in applying for coverage through the exchange system. While many consumers can access navigators via phone, navigators themselves have proven to be quite busy and it can be somewhat difficult to get in touch with a counselor…

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Maine to adopt more robust rate review process

Maine Health Insurance

Maine aims to mitigate costly health insurance rate hikes Many of the largest health insurance companies in the U.S. have warned states that they can expect to see significant rate increases for coverage in the coming years due to provisions of the Affordable Care Act being enacted by the federal government. This has caused some state officials to direct their anger at the federal government, while other states have been working to adopt a more robust rate review process that may enable them to avoid serious rate hikes in the…

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Maine health insurance reform deemed failure by report

Maine Health Insurance

Report highlights problems created by health insurance reform Consumers for Affordable Health Care, a non-profit advocacy organization based in Maine, has released a new report concerning the health insurance overhaul that was passed in the state last year. The law brought significant health insurance reforms to the state that were well received by residents. The report suggests, however, that the health insurance overhaul is not accomplishing its goals and may be doing more harm than good. The report is based on information from the Main Bureau of Insurance. Law aims…

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Maine health insurance premiums continue to climb

Health Insurance plans

Main health insurance premiums grow despite more accommodating laws Several states in the U.S. are preparing to adopt and comply with more stringent insurance regulations due to the Affordable Care Act. Maine, however, is breaking this trend by loosening its insurance rules. These rules are often cited for making Maine one of the states with the highest insurance premiums in the country. State officials hope that by being more lenient on insurance companies they will be able to encourage a reduction in premiums and make insurance coverage more affordable for…

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Maine to welcome its first health insurance co-op

Health Care Reform

State receives federal grant to aid in the establishment of new insurance system Maine Community Health Options has received a federal grant that will help it establish the state’s first health insurance co-op system. The organization has been a strong advocate for national consumer operated and oriented plans (co-ops), which are believed to make health insurance both more affordable and comprehensive. The grant provided by the government will assist in the development and introduction of a health insurance co-op in Maine. This new system may serve as an example for…

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