Montana earthquake insurance policyholders are few and far between

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Residents of the state are cleaning up after having experienced a 5.8-magnatude quake last week. Montana earthquake insurance has been a subject of discussion for the first time in a very long time as residents pick up after last week’s quake. Homeowners and business owners find themselves looking into their policies to see what type of damage is and is not covered when the ground rocks. In a state where earthquakes – particularly strong ones – rarely happen, insurance companies are getting inquiries. Agents say that they are receiving inquiries…

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Montana residents save $1.5 million by shopping around for health insurance policies

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HHS report shows that consumers are saving money by shopping around for coverage Many residents of Montana have saved money by shopping around for health insurance coverage, according to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services. The federal agency recently urged consumers throughout the country to shop around for coverage. The agency suggested that many consumers may be paying too much for their insurance coverage, largely because they are unwilling to shop around and consider new options. In Montana, many consumers took this urging to heart,…

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Health insurance rates set to rise in Montana

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Insurance premiums for Montana residents expected to rise as much as 34% for 2016 coverage Montana residents can expect to see their health insurance premiums rise in 2016. Insurance Commissioner Monica Lindeen has announced that rates will increase between 22% and 34% in 2016, affecting as many as 41,000 people living in the state. The rate increases will not affect those that receive employer-sponsored health insurance coverage or those that receive coverage through HealthCare.gov and receive federal subsidies for these policies. Those in the private market, however, may experiencing a…

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Montana is working to expand its health insurance program

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Montana opens public comment period for Medicaid expansion Federal officials are taking public comment in Montana concerning the expansion of Medicaid coverage. The state is currently working on expanding Medicaid coverage to some 70,000 low-income residents. The comment period is set to run through October 15, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Expanding the state’s health insurance program has been a hard battle, as state lawmakers have resisted expanding the program due such an action’s association with the Affordable Care Act. State has already outlined plans to…

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Native Americans may lack access to health insurance in Montana

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Report highlights the disparity in insurance access among Native communities A new report from the Alliance for a Just Society, Indian People’s Action, and the Montana Organizing Project suggests that Native Americans may not have as much access to Montana’s health insurance exchange as they should. Approximately 6.5% of Montana’s population is comprised of Native Americans, with an estimated 1.7% of enrollees in the state’s health insurance exchange falling into this demographic. The report highlights barriers that exist in the state that may be preventing Native Americans from receiving medical…

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Health insurance navigators are coming back to Montana

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Federal government issues funding for insurance navigators once again The federal government will again provide funding for health insurance navigators that will help people enroll for insurance coverage through state exchanges. In Montana, funding will be provided for navigators that will highlight subsidized insurance coverage. The federal government is offering to offset the cost of insurance coverage through subsidies in order to ensure that a greater number of people have access to insurance policies they need. This year, the navigators will also have a focus on Native American consumers living…

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New legislation could impact health insurance in Kansas

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Legislation seeks to place federal funding under the control of the state Legislature and governor New legislation is being considered in the Kansas Legislature and it may create some problems for people seeking financial aid for their health insurance coverage. The legislation aims to place all funding provided by the federal government for health care services under the control of the state’s lawmakers and governor. Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger has warned Kansas residents that the legislation could make it much more difficult for them to receive the federal financial aid…

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Health insurance issues place regulators in a difficult position

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Health insurance regulations continue to cause problems Insurance Commissioners throughout the U.S. have been placed in a difficult situation. Earlier this month, President Obama announced that insurance companies could continue to honor substandard health insurance policies rather than cancelling these policies because they do not comply with the standards of the Affordable Care Act. This is meant to create a transition period wherein consumers can have a reprieve from cancellations and insurers can better prepare to comply with federal law. The problem, however, is that many Insurance Commissioners have been…

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Montana releases estimates concerning costs of health insurance exchange policies

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State provides estimates concerning cost of health insurance policies sold through exchange Montana has become the latest state in which estimates concerning the rates for policies sold through the state’s health insurance exchange have been released. The state’s Office of the Commissioner of Securities and Insurance has released these estimates in order to give state residents a glimpse at what they could be paying for coverage purchased through the federally-operated insurance exchange. The exchange is meant to provide Montana residents with access to affordable health insurance coverage and is a…

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Health insurance landscape shifts in Montana

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Montana sees major transition in health insurance sector Montana has taken a major step in the field of health insurance. The state’s Insurance Commissioner, Monica Lindeen, has granted her approval for the sale of Blue Cross of Montana, the state’s largest private health insurance provider. Blue Cross of Montana is being sold to the Health Care Service Corp., which is based in Chicago, Illinois. The sale comes with numerous conditions, however, which are meant to benefit state residents to some degree. Sale of Blue Cross of Montana has been approved…

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