Health insurance market is experiencing a growth rate slowdown

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A government survey has shown that the growth rate within that market dropped significantly in 2016. A federal report has confirmed that the health insurance market growth rate is slowing down. In fact, this year saw a notable growth reduction when compared to the rates seen since the launch of the Affordable Care Act. Still, there is progress being made and at the start of the year, uninsured rates hit record lows. During the first three months of the year, the health insurance market was providing coverage for an additional…

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Many consumers lack an understanding of health insurance terms

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New study highlights the education problem that pervades the insurance sector Health insurance in the United States has evolved since the Affordable Care Act and many consumers may still be unaware of how marketplaces have changed. A new study from the Episcopal Health Foundation and the Rice University Baker Institute for Public Policy shows that many people still do not understand certain insurance terms. This lack of understanding is highest among those who have purchased coverage through state insurance exchanges. Some 1.3 million people have acquired coverage, but nearly half…

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Taxpayers to commit $660 billion for health insurance subsidies in the US

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Subsidies to help cover the cost of coverage for those over the age of 65 are growing This year, taxpayers in the United States will commit more than $660 billion to help subsidize health insurance coverage for those over the age of 65, according to the. The federal agency has released one of its most comprehensive reports concerning the cost of subsidized insurance coverage, highlighting the potential these subsidies have to reduce the national deficit. According to the report, the 2016 tax bill accounts for 3.6% of the country’s gross…

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Single-payer system could secure health insurance for millions

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Open letter highlights the potential benefits of a single-payer health care system Some 560 medical professionals and medical students have come together to issue an open letter concerning the renewed debate concerning health insurance in the United States. With the 2016 presidential campaign in full swing, politicians have been highlighting the merits of a single-payer health care system. Such a system involves the state, rather than insurance companies, paying for all health care costs. Many believe such a system would make it easier for people to acquire health insurance coverage.…

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21 million people could lose their health insurance coverage under Trump plan

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Analysis shows repealing the Affordable Care Act could have dire consequences The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget has released an analysis of the health care plan proposed by presidential hopeful Donald Trump. The analysis suggests that Trump’s plan could result in approximately 21 million people losing their health insurance coverage. It may also cost some $270 billion over 10 years, if it was implemented. Another analysis from the Congressional Budget Office suggests that as many as 22 million people could lose their health insurance coverage if Trump’s plan is…

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Growing number of clinics could affect health insurance costs in the US

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Health clinics are becoming more common in the US The number of retail health clinics in the United States is growing and this may be having an effect on the overall spending on medical services throughout the country. A new study published in Health Affairs suggests that the belief that low-cost clinics would lead to less health care spending may be inaccurate. These clinics are designed for those without health insurance coverage and those that are underinsured, existing as a way for these people to acquire the medical care that…

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20 million people have received health insurance through the Affordable Care Act

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Health care reform has made insurance coverage more accessible An estimated 20 million people in the United States have managed to acquire health insurance coverage since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, according to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services. Over the past few years, the health care reform law has been subject to harsh criticism, with opponents of the legislation threatening to repeal the law in favor of a different solution. The Obama Administration, however, notes that more people have access…

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Donald Trump introduces plan to change health insurance in the US

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Trump unveils more information concerning his health care plan As the presidential campaign steams ahead in the United States, presidential hopeful Donald Trump has released new information about his health care plan. Trump has been an outspoken critic of the Affordable Care Act, saying that if he becomes president he will ensure that the health care reform law is fully repealed. The law has made health insurance coverage more accessible to millions of people in the United States, but critics of the Affordable Care Act claim that it is both…

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Covered California sparks more competition in state’s health insurance market

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Competition in California insurance market is growing thanks to the state’s exchange California’s health insurance exchange, called Covered California, has released a new enrollment report. The report shows that the state’s exchange has had a significant impact on competition in the California insurance market. The exchange has lead aggressive negotiations with insurance companies, ensuring that competition remains strong and consumers have a wealth of options when it comes to finding the coverage that they need. According to Covered California, more than 439,000 new people have enrolled into the exchange. 439,000…

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New legislation in Arizona seeks to secure health insurance for children

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Legislation revitalizing the KidsCare program has received approval from state representatives Children in Arizona may soon have access to the health insurance coverage they need thanks to new legislation. The legislation has been approved by the state’s House of Representatives and aims to revitalize a program known as KidsCare. The program is designed to provide coverage for children in families with incomes from 138% to 200% below the federal poverty level. The legislation revitalizing the program still has some legislative hurdles to overcome, but it has gathered strong support from…

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