Walmart Insurance Services subsidiary launches for policy sales

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The retail giant will be selling health plans directly to consumers, said a company spokesperson. Walmart Insurance Services, a subsidiary of the retail giant, has now launched and will start selling its health plans to consumers, confirmed a spokesperson. Media reports suggest that the retailer’s subsidiary will sell Medicare Advantage plans. The Walmart Insurance Services name filing was made with the Arkansas Secretary of State on June 26. This filing was made by Walmart Apollo, the company’s intellectual property holding company. That said, the filing didn’t receive much media attention…

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California residents with no health insurance risk tax penalties

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Uninsured people living in the state may have to shell out for failing to enroll in a health plan. California residents are being advised that a new state law says that if they have no health insurance, they may face a significant tax penalty. This regulation would apply to next year’s health plans and those in following years. That said, it’s important to note that not all people with no health insurance will be required to pay. There are certain exceptions that will allow some residents to be able to…

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US voters want to keep private health insurance and expand Medicare

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Most Democratic voters are drawn to Medicare for All but may challenge the party in 2020. Private health insurance and other components of healthcare reform have been a central issue among Democratic presidential candidates. Those politicians have been pitching their own versions of Medicare and medical coverage which may make things somewhat more complex for the candidates in 2020 according to a new Wall Street Journal and NBC news poll. Two out of every three voters support opening Medicare coverage up to anyone who wants to buy in. This is…

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Federal judge’s ruling calls Affordable Care Act unconstitutional

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Though former president Obama is unconcerned about Obamacare’s future, it may harm the GOP. A federal judge in Texas has ruled that the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is unconstitutional. The impact of this decision about the health care reform has been a substantial one for Republicans. The Republican-appointed judge hasn’t had much of an immediate practical impact on the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare continues to be in effect as the legal battle will progress forward. It may eventually end up heading to the Supreme Court. That said,…

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Medicare expansion through single payer health care gets support of 15 senators

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While Democrats lean toward Sanders’s single payer system, Republicans oppose the measure. Fifteen Democratic senators have shown their interest in a single payer health-care system through widespread Medicare expansion. This represents a considerable shift among Democrats, who have previously seen this type of strategy as politically perilous. Until now, most lawmakers have avoided this type of concept like the plague, but this seems to have changed. Senate Democrats have co-sponsored a measure Senator Bernie Sanders (VT – Independent) proposed yesterday. It was created for broad Medicare expansion in order to…

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Children’s Health Insurance Program funding slashed in Trump budget

Children’s Health Insurance Program

While that program is hacked down by 20 percent, millions more kids will be affected with the Medicaid reductions. President Donald Trump’s budget plans will take down the Children’s Health Insurance Program funds by at least a fifth of its current size within two years. At the same time, Medicaid, a program that covers millions of other kids, will also be axed down in size. Millions of families may watch their health plans disappear if the president’s proposed budget passes. The budget, entitled “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” would…

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