Pennsylvania health care to become state-run, leaving Healthcare.gov

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State officials recently shared their intention to transition away from the federal insurance exchange. State leaders recently announced that the Pennsylvania health care insurance exchange will be transitioning to a state-run marketplace. Currently, Pennsylvanians use the federal exchange at healthcare.gov to purchase their health plans. The new Pennsylvania health care changes are meant to help state residents to save more money while improving the affordability of individual and family plans. Until now, the healthcare.gov website has served state residents. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed legislation earlier this week, laying the…

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Pennsylvania takes steps to take control over its online health insurance exchange

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The state is making moves to form its own marketplace instead of relying on the federal government. Pennsylvania is taking initial steps to take over control of its own health insurance exchange. From 2014 until now, it has been participating in the federal marketplace. Pennsylvania is hoping to reduce the cost of health insurance by launching its own ACA exchange. The goal of the move to Pennsylvania’s own health insurance exchange is to reduce the cost of coverage to consumers. The idea is to make a state-based Affordable Care Act…

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Pennsylvania regulators make changes to health insurance proposals coming from insurers

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Highmark will be overhauling the health insurance plans it offers in the state Highmark Inc., one of the largest providers of health insurance coverage in Pennsylvania, has announced that it will be making changes to the policies it offers in the state. The decision follows action taken by the Pennsylvania Insurance Department to reduce several of the rate increase proposals that came from the insurer this year. Highmark had sought to increase premiums for 2016 coverage, but state regulators have determined that rates did not need to be increased by…

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Pennsylvania consumers report surprise costs not covered by their health insurance

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Consumers are receiving unexpected bills from medical professionals that are not covered by their insurance policies Unexpected medical bills are proving to be a surprise to many consumers in Pennsylvania. Many consumers have reported surprise charges for their medical care, though they believed that their health insurance policies would cover these costs. The issue is placing some consumers under greater financial strain, as they were unprepared to cover the costs associated with medical care. The problem may be out-of-network care providers, which consumers are unaware of at the time that…

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180,000 Pennsylvanians receive coverage through state’s health insurance exchange

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Pennsylvania exchange is performing well More than 180,000 people in Pennsylvania have purchased health insurance plans through the state’s exchange during the first month of the open enrollment period, according to information released by the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency notes that many of the people seeking coverage for the new year were able to find policies using HealthCare.gov, the federal exchange that serves states that do not operate their own exchange system. Rapidly growing enrollment numbers have also shown that many of the issues that the…

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Health insurance coming to 600,000 in Pennsylvania

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Health care program seeks to provide coverage for transportation services to 600,000 people The Healthy Pennsylvania system will be offering heavily subsidized health insurance coverage to some 600,000 of the state’s residents beginning January 1, 2015. The program is meant to provide low-income residents with health care services, including transportation to and from any appointment they may have with a health care provider. The program will also offer reimbursement for those that use their own vehicles and those that take public transportation to such appointments. Those that want to receive…

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Pennsylvania Children’s Health Insurance Program receives grant

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Insurance program receives financial aid from National League of Cities Pennsylvania’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has received funding that could help expand coverage to those in need. The National League of Cities, a advocacy organization representing some 19,000 cities throughout the U.S., has announced that it has provided CHIP with a $200,000 grant. This funding is meant to improve outreach to those that could benefit from Pennsylvania’s health insurance programs, including Medicaid. Initiatives designed to improve awareness are needed throughout the state, as many people do not realize that…

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