Affordable Care Act decreased health insurance racial disparities, study

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New research shows that Obamacare has made coverage more accessible to black and Hispanic adults. The Affordable Care Act (A.C.A.) caused a substantial reduction in racial disparities within health insurance access and coverage. This was particularly true among black and Hispanic adults, said a Commonwealth Fund report. The trend was particularly prevalent in the states that broadened their Medicaid eligibility. Before the Affordable Care Act went into effect, racial disparities were found to be substantially larger than what is reflected in the most recent available data. In 2013, the gap…

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Cigna and Oscar Insurance Partnership to Sell Small Business Health Plans

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The insurers have announced they will be launching the products in several U.S. markets. Cigna and Oscar Health have announced their intentions to launch small business health plans across a number of commercial markets in the United States. The partnership intends to move forward with the move together, letting them split the potential risk. Oscar is an insurance company best known for selling individual plans on the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges. The company has been seeking to broaden its offerings in a growing number of American individual and small business…

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Fire insurance cost slash away at California real estate market wellness

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Rising wildfire risks have made a dent in property values due to associated coverage expenses. Homeowners in California face rising fire insurance costs, cutting into the success of the state’s real estate market. Areas both prone to wildfire and those surrounding them are watching values shrink. As insurers continued to raise fire insurance costs and attempted to step out of areas most prone to wildfires, the real estate market has taken a serious hit. Homeowners in the state have been watching the market cool due to the expenses linked with…

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Coffee shop insurance protects owners and operators from the unexpected

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This type of business coverage requires a number of types of different protection. As a small business owner coffee shop insurance can make the difference between being inconvenienced by an unexpected event, or going through financial catastrophe. Getting the coverage you need protects all the time and money you’ve invested into your company. Coffee shop insurance is actually a combination of a number of different policies combined. It provides your business with protection against a spectrum of risk exposures and liabilities. No matter how large or small your shop may…

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Obamacare enrollment through HealthCare.gov has dropped to 8.3 million

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Those figures are about 200,000 lower than they were at the same time last year. New HealthCare.gov data has shown that Obamacare enrollment has dropped by about 200,000 since last year. This has brought the current numbers to 8.3 million on the federal exchange site, said the U.S. government. The data is only preliminary, but it indicates that Americans haven’t enrolled at the same rate. The Obamacare enrollment data includes only the sign-ups made through the HealthCare.gov federal exchange site. It includes the numbers as of December 17, and therefore…

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Food truck insurance is more than just commercial auto

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These mobile restaurants are hot small businesses but still come with certain liability risks. Consumers looking for a quick place to grab a tasty bite to eat love mobile restaurants, and if you’re aiming to open one, food truck insurance is a must on your list. Whether you’re starting small before growing or a truck is your long-term goal, coverage is vital. Food truck insurance is one of the most important parts of your business planning. Just as you need to think about what foods you’ll be offering, your pricing,…

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College students on Medicaid told to purchase private health plans or leave

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Brigham Young University-Idaho no longer accepts the free government insurance program. Students on Medicaid at Brigham Young University-Idaho recently discovered that the school no longer accepts the free government insurance program. The unusual announcement was made as the college’s students began winter semester enrollment. The number of students on Medicaid is expected to rise in Idaho in January as the free government health insurance program expands starting in 2020. Brigham Young University-Idaho, like a large number of post-secondary institutions, requires all its students to have health coverage. However, this month…

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