Health insurance exchange contractor gets the axe in Maryland

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The company behind the hugely costly but highly defective online marketplace has been fired. The state of Maryland has now fired the contractor that was behind the creation of the expensive health insurance exchange online marketplace that was supposed to allow the state to be able to comply with the federal health care reform. The defects in the site are extensive enough that Maryland may have to abandon part or all of the system. Despite the fact that the health insurance exchange creation came with a tremendous price tag, it…

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Health care reform brings better insurance to some in Maryland

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Consumers in the state are not signing up in record numbers but they are trading up for improved coverage. According to some of the latest figures from the health care reform in Maryland, the insurance exchange in the state isn’t necessarily making a tremendous dent in the number of uninsured people, but it is giving individuals a way to make sure that they are receiving the best possible coverage. Many people have upgraded their coverage but are paying less for their plans. The state doesn’t yet have the data regarding…

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Insurance company shut down in Maryland

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This recent news shows that yet another insurer related to Hal Katz has had its license revoked. The Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) has revealed that it has shut down yet another insurer that is related to Hal Katz, the well known Baltimore policy pitchman, in a trend that has continued since December. The last two insurers were owned by Katz’s son and had their licenses revoked, closing them down. Those companies were both run by Geary Katz and were called Laurel Insurance Corporation and Senate Insurance. According to recent news…

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Maryland health insurance computer glitch leaves thousands uninsured

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A problem with the exchange in the state may have left up to 5,000 enrollees without coverage. An issue that has been identified with the Maryland health insurance exchange has made it possible that a few thousand people in the state who believe that they have fully enrolled for the coverage required to comply with the individual mandate have not actually done so successfully. The state’s governor has acknowledged this issue, although a specific number of affected people is not known. Governor Martin O’Malley spoke on the subject of Maryland…

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Auto insurance fund proposal withdrawn in Maryland

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MAIF is no longer moving forward on the effort to gain policy rights within the state. The Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund (MAIF) – which is considered to be the auto insurance market of last resort within that state – has withdrawn the proposal that it previously put forward in order to obtain “sole and exclusive property” rights for all of the policies in that market. That proposal had initially been presented by MAIF approximately two months ago. The decision made by MAIF to remove its auto insurance proposal has been…

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Health insurance exchange in Maryland loses Aetna plans

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The giant insurer has announced that it is withdrawing its policies from the state marketplace. Aetna has revealed that it feels that the approved rates in Maryland are not feasible, as it scrutinizes the offerings it has across the rest of the United States, and has now canceled its intentions to sell health insurance within that state’s exchange. The marketplace is slated to open on October 1, 2013 in order to comply with the federal healthcare reforms. The intention to sell health insurance plans as a part of the new…

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Health insurance rate proposals throughout US show troubling trend

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Maryland makes public health insurance rate proposals from insurers Last month, Maryland became one of the first states in the U.S. to make public the rate increases health insurance companies are planning to institute next year through the Affordable Care Act. State officials have noted that health insurance companies are planning to raise rates on coverage by an average of 25% throughout the state. This has caused some discomfort with Maryland residents that are not eager to pay more for the coverage they are receiving, and this sentiment may be…

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