How Healthcare Reform May Impact Physicians

How Healthcare Reform May Impact Physicians

Healthcare reform is a touchy topic in America today. Phrases like “single-payer system” and “public option” are tossed around a lot these days, but the emphasis usually centers on the patient experience. However, as the past year has shown us, the functions of our healthcare system are heavily dependent on healthcare workers and physicians who are equally impacted by U.S. healthcare reform. Let’s explore the insurance versus cash-only debate to better understand available insurance alternatives and physician involvement in healthcare reform. Insurance vs. Cash-Only  Healthcare demand is growing rapidly in…

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Half of adults over 65 lack dental insurance, study finds

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A December 2019 poll conducted by the University of Michigan revealed that around 50% of adults aged 65 to 80 go without dental insurance. The same poll, titled the University of Michigan National Poll on Health Aging, also found that cost is a main factor in choosing whether or not to opt-in to dental insurance — and that NOT having dental insurance is the main reason people choose to forgo needed dental care.  Lack of Insurance Affects Ability to Get Proper Care The poll found that 1 in 5 adults…

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Health care importance is high in the American Presidential Vote

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77 percent of survey respondents said this was a significant factor and 35 percent said it was critical. The results of a recent survey have revealed the health care importance when voting for the next US president. The survey was conducted by Insure.com and discussed the connection between this factor and the country’s politics. Over three quarters of the survey’s respondents felt that it was a significant election issue this year. At the highest level of health care importance was reducing the costs, said the participants in the survey. The…

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Walmart health plans for seniors available in time for 2021 open enrollment

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The retail giant is selling the policies for Medicare medical and drug benefits that will begin next year. Walmart health plans are launching through a new brokerage that will make the policies available in time for seniors to enroll during the Medicare medical and drug benefit open enrollment for 2021. Seniors will be able to enroll in this coverage this fall throughout the open enrollment period. The retailer announced the move earlier this week, bringing Walmart health plans into heavy competition within an industry facing a rapidly increasing number of…

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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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