State Farm Insurance company loses Katrina fraud verdict from Supreme Court

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Two whistleblowers have had their victory upheld by the top court in the United States. This week, the Supreme Court upheld a ruling against State Farm Insurance firm. The insurer has been found guilty of defrauding the U.S. government following Hurricane Katrina. The top court upheld a jury verdict that said the insurance company fraudulently assessed damage from the 2005 storm. The Supreme Court’s ruling was a unanimous 8-0 to uphold the verdict from the lower court. The State Farm insurance company challenged the decision of a lower court. That…

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Birth control insurance ruling will be laid down by the Supreme Court

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This will settle a broad scale dispute occurring between the Obama administration and religious non-profits. On Friday, the Supreme Court agreed that it would settle the ongoing birth control insurance dispute occurring between the Obama administration and certain religious non-profits. This will surely place religious freedom and reproductive rights in the presidential campaign spotlight. The justices gave the nod to hearing a challenge against the Affordable Care Act which will be made by seven non-profit organizations. Each of those different groups claim to have religious objections to the requirements of…

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CDC report highlights the expansion of health insurance coverage

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Report shows that the uninsured rate throughout the US has fallen since the Affordable Care Act The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new report that shows that the number of people without health insurance in the United States has declined significantly since the Affordable Care Act took effect. The federal law has expanded access to insurance coverage to millions of people, either through increased insurance programs such as Medicare, or through the introduction of insurance exchanges. The law may continue to reduce the number of…

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Supreme Court ruling secures health insurance for 1.3 million people in Florida

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Ruling from the Supreme Court has ensured that many consumers get to keep their coverage The recent ruling from the Supreme Court on the King v. Burwell case will have a beneficial impact on those with health insurance coverage in Florida. Some 1.3 million consumers will be able to keep their insurance coverage, supported by subsidies, due to the ruling from the Supreme Court. The King v. Burwell case had caused concerns among many that received subsidized coverage, as it called into question whether or not the federal government can…

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States to play larger role in health insurance exchanges

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Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Arkansas will have more control over their exchanges Three states have been granted conditional approval from the federal government to play a larger role in the health insurance exchanges that they established through the Affordable Care Act. Arkansas, Delaware, and Pennsylvania will expand their role in their insurance exchanges beginning in 2016. Currently, the federal government operates the exchanges in these states. Some of the exchange’s functions are managed by the states themselves, but the majority of operations are handled by the federal government through HealthCare.gov and…

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Arizona sees gains in health insurance

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Arizona’s uninsured population falls to 17.5% The number of people without health insurance coverage has fallen in Arizona. According to information from the Obama Administration, the state’s uninsured population fell from 20.4% in 2013 to 17.5% at the end of 2014. Federal officials are claiming that this is a victory for the Affordable Care Act, which has sought to make health insurance coverage more accessible to consumers throughout the country. According to Barack Obama, the healthcare reform plan has now been “woven into the fabric of America.” Affordable Care Act…

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Mississippi has a contingency plan in case health insurance subsidies are struck down

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State moves to secure health insurance coverage for residents pending Supreme Court ruling The majority of consumers in the United States receive subsidies from the federal government that helps cover the cost of health insurance coverage purchased through exchanges. These subsidies are being threatened, however, by a potential ruling from the Supreme Court. The issue involves whether or not it is legal for the federal government to provide subsidies through exchanges that it operates. Per the Affordable Care Act, these subsidies are primarily available through state-run exchanges. Mississippi has proposed…

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South Carolina will not build its own health insurance exchange

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Governor announces that the state will not build and operate its own exchange South Carolina will not be developing its own health insurance exchange, according to Governor Nikki Haley. The decisions is expected to impact more than 154,000 people living in the state, whom currently receive subsidies from the federal government to cover the cost of their health insurance policies. The state already has an insurance exchange, but it is managed by the federal government. Depending on a ruling from the Supreme Court, subsidies offered through the exchange may no…

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Health insurance subsidies are at risk in the US

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Supreme Court is set to rule on a legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule on a legal challenge that has been made against one of the Affordable Care Act’s provisions. The provision in question is one meant to provide subsidies for those seeking coverage through health insurance exchanges. These subsidies are meant to reduce the cost of insurance coverage for many people, making it possible for more people to obtain coverage. Subsidies offered for coverage found through federal exchanges may vanish…

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Nearly 9 out of 10 people now have health insurance coverage

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Survey shows that more people have gained access to the insurance coverage that they need Results from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index show that nearly 9 out of 10 people in the United States have health insurance coverage This is due, in part, to the Affordable Care Act, which has expanded access to insurance coverage for many people throughout the country. The survey shows that people are now able to find coverage through expanded Medicaid programs in some states and insurance exchanges that offer either subsidized coverage or relatively low-cost policies.…

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