Pennsylvania to answer consumer questions regarding state’s health insurance exchange

As Pennsylvania continues its slow and steady march toward building a health insurance exchange, residents of the state are coming to the Department of Insurance with questions about how the exchange will affect them. The state’s Department of Insurance has been awarded a $1 million grant from the federal government to help keep consumers informed over the matter. With the money, the department has hired additional staff, whose purpose it is to answer the questions consumers have about the exchange and the Affordable Care Act. Pennsylvania has stood in opposition…

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Pennsylvania insurance bill has consumer advocates on edge

A new bill passed in Pennsylvania has consumer advocacy groups a little worried about the state’s future health insurance program. The bill in question was passed by the state Senate on Wednesday requires all health insurers in the state to submit their rate proposals to regulators for review if they are seeking increases of 10% or higher. While legislators claim that more regulations will help ensure insurance companies do not enact excessive rate increased, consumer advocacy group Pennsylvania Health Access Network, says that the bill compromises the protections of small…

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Pennsylvania district judge rules against the Affordable Care Act

Last year’s Affordable Care Act continues to be a point of contention for many of the nation’s legislators. One provision of the controversial act has generated more opposition than others – that is the provision that makes health insurance mandatory for every citizen of the U.S. Those opposing the overarching health care reform call the measure unconstitutional as it imposes, what they call, an unfair requirement on citizens that may be unable to pay for health insurance. The provision has garnered even more opposition for levying strict repercussions against those…

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Federal government to review Arizona’s insurance industry after the state fails to meet new standards

Arizona is not capable of moderating health insurance rate increases according to the state’s own law and those of the federal government. New federal standards accompanying the overarching health care reform dictate that states must be able to adequately review the rate increase process or default such authority to the federal government. Arizona’s current law dictates that insurers must submit paperwork regarding rate increases, but nothing more is required thereafter. Because Arizona does not meet federal requirements in this regard, federal regulators will be coming to the state to take…

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