American Medical Association seeks open market-style health insurance exchanges

The American Medical Association has started to apply pressure to the states in order to send the system in a direction that would permit all health insurance companies of meeting the minimum standards to take part in the insurance exchanges that will be created by 2014 as a part of the healthcare overhaul. This significant doctors organization has announced that it will be putting its full support behind the health insurance exchange structure that allows for an open marketplace instead of the “active purchaser” style alternative. That latter technique would…

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Healthcare work force receives $1 billion from Obama administration to boost its size

The Obama administration has announced that it will be offering a grant program worth $1 billion to provide medical organizations with the opportunity to hire, train, and implementation of new workers. According to an announcement from the administration, the grant program has been named the Health Care Innovation Challenge and has been created in order to discover “the most compelling new ideas to deliver better health, improved care and lower costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.” Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen…

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Meeting of lawmakers and insurance officials highlights the importance of simplicity in national insurance exchange program

Health insurance exchanges were a popular subject during a recent gathering of federal lawmakers and insurance officials this week in Washington, D.C. Exchanges have been growing in popularity throughout the nation, gaining support in some states while finding opposition in others. The overall aim of the exchange initiative is to present consumers with a way to find and purchase affordable insurance policies. Much of the effort concerning exchanges centers around the concept of affordability, but consumers are far more interested in understanding what they are buying than how much policies…

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As people lose their health insurance, the number of emergency room visits skyrocket

New figures about hospital use have shown that there has been a sharp increase in the number of visits to emergency rooms, and that – according to physicians – the rising numbers are the result of an intensifying demand for improvements and services that would permit emergency departments to provide patients with faster treatment. Early estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have shown that in 2009, the number of emergency room visits increased by nearly 10 percent, which was the most significant rise in visits since…

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Report makes recommendation for healthcare exchange regulations in Maine

A report laying out the major element of the Maine health insurance reform – its healthcare exchange – has been presented to the state legislative committee and is being received with dissatisfaction from Democrats. Senator Joseph Brannigan (D-Portland) said that upon receipt of the report, he and the other Insurance and Financial Services Committee members are disappointed. He explained that “It just doesn’t seem friendly and inviting as a marketplace for businesses and people shopping for insurance.” The Affordable Care Act, which is the heart of the overhaul of the…

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Knowledge is key for legal immigrants to have access to insurance coverage

America’s health care system is quite different from that of other nations. For immigrants coming to the country, the system can be a bit daunting, especially when insurance is considered. The vast majority of immigrants arriving in the U.S. have little to no experience with insurance and have no idea where to start looking to obtain the best and most affordable coverage. This is a problem that the Cameroon American Council seeks to rectify by teaching immigrants about the importance of insurance coverage. Sylvie Bello is a Cameroonian immigrant who…

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Official goals and challenges of U.S. health care reform – A hope for better care, delivery, and costs – Part II

Needless to say, health care reform is a hot issue now-a-days, and will remain as U.S. citizens rifle through information with the hope of making sense of it all. Part two of our series will easily outline the issues that are of extreme concern, look at how funds are being allocated and the avenues that are being taken to solve America’s health care situation. These tactics are in addition to part one of this article series:  Attempting to provide all Americans with the necessary healthcare within reasonable time Prevention –…

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