Reproductive health care coverage is shrinking due to widespread job losses

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The pandemic crisis job losses are especially hard on younger women and women of color. The immediate economic harm from the COVID-19 pandemic crisis is clearer to see than issues such as shrinking access to reproductive health care coverage. Young women and women of color are being hit hardest by job losses and therefore coverage loss. Health plans are linked to employment for approximately half of Americans. This means that any of those 160 million people who lose their jobs also risk losing their health plans and, therefore, their reproductive health…

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College students on Medicaid told to purchase private health plans or leave

Students on Medicaid - Student stressed looking at laptop

Brigham Young University-Idaho no longer accepts the free government insurance program. Students on Medicaid at Brigham Young University-Idaho recently discovered that the school no longer accepts the free government insurance program. The unusual announcement was made as the college’s students began winter semester enrollment. The number of students on Medicaid is expected to rise in Idaho in January as the free government health insurance program expands starting in 2020. Brigham Young University-Idaho, like a large number of post-secondary institutions, requires all its students to have health coverage. However, this month…

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Health insurance coverage is growing, says Census Bureau

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A new report has just been released and has showed that there continue to be fewer uninsured Americans. The Census Bureau has now released its Health Insurance Coverage in the United States for 2015 report. It revealed that last year saw greater progress in reducing the number of people who are uninsured. This maintained a trend that was recorded the year before when there was a considerable plummet in the number of people without a health plan. Last year, the rate of uninsured people fell to 9.1 percent after having…

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The high cost of long term care is rarely planned for

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While planning for retirement, few people plan for the potential need for nursing home care. The cost of long term care has become one of the largest expenses faced during retirement. At the same time, only a small minority of people actually plan for this eventual need. By the time a person reaches the age of 65, their chances of needing a nursing home at some point are about 50-50 at the moment. These types of annual cost are very high and most people haven’t factored it into their savings.…

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Texas health insurance covering more than ever, except the poor

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The state has been very successful in decreasing the size of the uninsured population but not among the lowest income groups. The number of people without Texas health insurance has been steadily falling since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. However, this is not the case among the state’s poorest population. Though Obamacare has been helping people to purchase health plans, those with low incomes are staying uninsured. This failure to successfully decrease the number of low income residents without Texas health insurance has made the state a leader…

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Medicaid insurance plans receive federal standards makeover

Medicaid insurance plans standards

The Obama administration has now established a new set of standards for these private coverage plans. The primary source of coverage for millions of Americans, Medicaid insurance plans, are undergoing a significant change as the Obama administration has now laid out a fresh set of standards to which these policies must adhere. The new rules have been designed to address insurance companies that serve Medicaid customers. There are 39 states in which insurance companies are serving as a kind of middleman in order to make sure that customers have coverage.…

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Massachusetts aims to overhaul its health insurance program, MassHealth

State introduces plans to make changes to its troubled insurance program Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, along with other officials, has drafted new plans to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program, called MassHealth. This will be the largest overhaul that the program has seen in the past 20 years, marking a significant shift in the health insurance space and potentially ensuring that more consumers will have access to the coverage that they need. MassHealth currently provides coverage to some 1.8 million low-income people throughout the states and represents that majority of the…

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