Minnesota and New York file Trump administration lawsuit over health care funding cuts

Minnesota Health Insurance Trump Administration Lawsuit

The states have sued the administration for having slashed federal funding for their low-income populations. The state of Minnesota has filed a new Trump administration lawsuit, challenging the decision to cut federal funding for the state’s public health care program. The program is designed to assist those who are employed but who remain below the poverty line. Attorney General Lori Swanson first announced the legal action at the end of last week. The purpose of Minnesota’s Trump administration lawsuit is to stop the federal government for being able to put…

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New York auto insurance rate calculation factors may soon drastically change

New York auto insurance rate calculations

A new proposed rule would stop education and employment from affecting a policyholder’s premiums. State Financial Services Superintendent Maria Vullo proposed a change to the New York auto insurance rate calculations. The change would stop insurance companies from using a motorist’s education level or job from being used as a factor in determining that driver’s rates. The only exception is if the insurance company can prove the job status or education level directly affects driving. The proposed New York auto insurance rules change would only allow insurers to continue using…

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Zenefits slapped with unlicensed insurance sales fine

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New York regulator has fined the startup $1.2 million for selling health benefits without adequate licensing. Zenefits, a health benefits broker, has been hit with a $1.2 million fine by the financial services regulator in New York. The penalty was issued for allowing unlicensed insurance agents to advise, negotiate and sell health insurance policies. This is only the most recent regulatory strike against the software startup and is likely to be a painful one. Zenefits is no stranger to being accused of unlicensed insurance activities. The first of these issues…

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New York auto insurance companies may be stopped from asking a person’s occupation

New York Auto Insurance

The state regulator is considering implementing a ban on the use of a customer’s job to calculate premiums. New York auto insurance premiums calculations may soon deviate from strategies used by most U.S. states. The industry regulator is currently deciding whether or not to ban the practice of using a customer’s occupation as a factor in calculating rates. The New York Department of Financial Services has asked leading insurers why the practice is used. It has requested this information from Allstate Corp., the Geico unit at Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Progressive…

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Amtrak insurance appeal leads to partial victory

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The railroad service has now secured a part win in U.S. appellate court in a case dating back to Superstorm Sandy. The latest Amtrak insurance appeal has left the railroad with a partial victory. This is the result of the newest step from the company to obtain insurance coverage payments following Superstorm Sandy. The massive 2012 hurricane caused over $1 billion in damages to the railroad service. Since that time, Amtrak has been trying to recoup some of those losses through its insurance policies. The latest ruling was in the…

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New Yorkers have more time to enroll in state’s health insurance exchange

New York Health Insurance

State extends enrollment deadline to ensure more people have the insurance coverage they need Those living in New York will have more time to purchase health insurance coverage through the state’s exchange in order to ensure that they are covered on January 1, 2016. The New York State of Health is eager to see more consumers enroll for coverage and avoid facing a federal fine associated with being uninsured. With the enrollment activity that the state’s insurance exchange has been experiencing this month, state officials are hoping that the extended…

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Gun insurance requirement in the spotlight in New York

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Assemblyperson Felix Ortiz (D) is hoping that this liability coverage will boost accountability. In New York state, a Democrat lawmaker from Brooklyn is now working to be able to have a law passed that would require firearm owners to purchase at least $250,000 in gun insurance. The goal is to try to hold “reckless gun owners accountable” through the use of liability policies. Assemblyperson Felix Ortiz believes that his gun insurance bill will make it possible to boost the prevention of the types of tragedies that have happened through mistaken…

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Bernard College reports major increases in the cost of its health insurance plan

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School has seen significant increases in the annual costs of its health insurance plan for students New York’s Bernard College has seen the annual cost of its health insurance plan for students skyrocket over the past few years. Students typically use the school’s Aetna Student Plan to receive the coverage that they need, which helps them cover the cost of medical care and medication. Fewer students are beginning to use the plan due to its high cost. During the school’s most recent semester, enrollment in the Aetna Student Plan dropped…

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Health insurance rates to rise in New York in 2016

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Insurance premiums are growing for those with coverage in New York Health insurance rates in New York are expected to rise next year. This is a trend that is becoming more common throughout the country, as insurers seek approval to raise premiums in order to recover from financial losses associated with increasingly expensive medical claims. In New York, regulators have been challenging major rate increases and have managed to find some success. As such, rates are expected to increase by a modest degree, well below what the average increase would…

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New Yorkers struggle to find health insurance coverage

New York Health Insurance

Federal law has helped make insurance more affordable, but not for everyone Many of those living in New York are still unable to afford health insurance coverage, despite the provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The federal law provides many people with subsidies that can offset the cost of coverage, but even with subsidies, New Yorkers are finding it difficult to afford the policies they need. A recent survey from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that cost is the greatest barrier preventing people from purchasing health insurance coverage. Majority…

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